This week the Alberta Liberals were vindicated in their vote against the NDP government's budget. Finance Minister Joe Ceci provided Albertans with a bleak quarterly fiscal update and higher than expected projections for both the deficit and economic contraction.
The credit downgrades and ballooning deficit of this government have been fueled by poor economic and fiscal choices. The NDP have discouraged investment with additional taxes, frivolous lawsuits, and economic policy rooted in ideology rather than facts. They have created financial uncertainty with spending that grossly exceeds revenue, and their unwillingness or inability to formulate a plan to eliminate the debt.
Leader David Swann made the following statement on Alberta Farm Workers Day:
“This Farm Workers Day is a particularly special one. For years, the Alberta Liberals called on successive Progressive Conservative governments to protect the basic rights of farm workers and bring Alberta in line with the rest of Canada.
“Despite serious errors in communication by the NDP governement, I was proud to support the protection and benefits the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act provides. Farmworkers, farmers and Alberta’s access to foreign markets are all supported by this bill.
Revelations today that Alberta Health Services (AHS) must spend tens of millions of dollars on renovating their ageing and unsafe laundry facilities has caused Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann to ask AHS to revisit contracting private industry for the service.
“I am not aware of any evidence that public funding and management of hospital laundry services improves access, quality or cost-effectiveness of health care,” Swann, himself a physician, said. “Private laundry service is not a threat to public healthcare – it can reduce, through healthy market competition, our overall healthcare costs.”