David Swann disappointed by Power Purchase Arrangement fiasco
Following the Alberta government’s announcement they were taking former Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) holders to court, Liberal Leader David Swann has expressed his displeasure with both the regulations enacted by the former PC government and the failure by the NDP to understand the consequences of their actions.
In addition to announcing the court challenge, Deputy Premier Hoffman declared that the PPA regulations had been changed at the last minute due to lobbying by Enron and that the changes were kept secret.
“The former government tried to deregulate Alberta’s power grid but instead created a system where the producers were completely protected, leaving Albertans on the hook for potential losses,” Swann said. “If the accusations made today by the Deputy Premier are correct, the PCs made a mockery of public process and Alberta families are the ones who will suffer.”
Swann also believes the NDP government should have done a better job of fact checking before making changes that affected PPA owners.
“The current government should have been one hundred percent clear on the PPA contracts before making the changes which created this bizarre situation,” Swann continued. “At the end of the day there are no excuses for being ignorant of such vital information.”
Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann made this statement on the murder of Taliyah Leigh Marsman, her mother, Sara Baillie, and the attack in Nice:
“In times like these words are never enough. The horrific attack in Nice and the horrific murder of Taliyah and her mother are tragedies of an indescribable nature. I cannot imagine the extent of their families’ pain. My thoughts and prayers are with them as, I know, are all Albertans’.
In response to today’s announced increase to the minimum wage, Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann called on the government to listen to the concerns of business owners and recognize that the timing and scale of the change will have a major impact on both business solvency and employment.
The minimum wage increase comes not only during an economic downturn but at a time when businesses are adjusting to new taxes, and an increase in Canadian Pension Plan premiums. With many small businesses already struggling with the economic downturn, a dramatic increase in the minimum wage could hurt entrepreneurs and workers alike.