Alberta NDP Leader Brian Mason mapped out a new focus for his party yesterday.

“We are going to try and emphasize much more the positive contributions that we have to make as a political party in the legislature and throughout the province and some of the great ideas we do have,” Mason said.

“We want to earn Albertans’ trust, to go beyond being seen just as an opposition party and as an effective critic of the government.”

Mason was at the legislature sharing details of his upcoming caucus tour of the province, which will kick off in Calgary on Sept. 16 with a fiscal responsibility announcement and end in Edmonton with a tour wrap-up and pre-session news conference on Oct. 22.

NDP house leader Rachel Notley will join Mason as they visit Alberta communities to make announcements about the oilsands, jobs, the economy and health care.

“In addition to talking about our new ideas, we also want to take the time over the course of this tour to talk to Albertans and to listen to what they’re saying,” Notley said.

“We want to make sure we take their agenda back into the legislature.”