The NDP is jeopardizing Alberta’s economic future for immediate political gains
Calgary, AB (June 29, 2017): Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan has issued the following statement on the release of the Government of Alberta’s 2016-17 Annual Report:
“Today’s release of the Government of Alberta’s 2016-17 year-end financial results makes one point perfectly clear – the NDP are not the least bit concerned about the bleak employment situation facing hundreds of thousands of Albertans today and the ballooning debt facing future generations.
“In these tough economic times, Albertans need a government willing to make tough decisions. Clearly the NDP is incapable of this. Their out-of-control spending and their creation of an unattractive investment climate is failing Albertans now and in the future.
“Their reckless financial policies are gambling with Alberta’s future. Albertans’ quality of life and access to government services will be put in serious jeopardy by perpetual debt repayment.
“Despite repeated warnings from taxpayers, economists and credit rating agencies – all of whom warn the government’s financial agenda is unsustainable – the NDP government stubbornly refuses to make even the slightest adjustments to its current course of action. Today, Joe Ceci said “nothing changes” even if his forecast for price per barrel of oil is unrealistic, forecasting $55/barrel of oil while it has been averaging $48 per barrel this past year.
“While Alberta Liberals strongly believe in the need to protect public services and build infrastructure, there must be a balance of spending and revenue. If the decision is made to borrow money for these purposes, a definitive plan and timeline for repayment must come first, before cutting the cheques. The NDP have done none of this.
“Instead, the NDP are using our scarce resources to correct their mistakes and fund pet projects such as trying to fix their power purchase agreements fiasco and creating multiple rebate programs aimed at securing future political success, which are not based on sound fiscal management principles.
“An Alberta Liberal Government under my leadership would get spending increases down to at least inflation plus population growth levels, and look at generating other revenue sources.”
“In short, the NDP are sacrificing our current and future success for short-term political gains, simply hoping that oil prices will rebound in time to bail them out. That is not the kind of government Albertans want or deserve."
Calgary, AB (June 26, 2017): Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann says that repeated incidents of vandalism aimed at pride symbols shows more work is needed to change attitudes.
“Alberta has come a long way in accepting and celebrating the LGBTQ2+ community,” says Swann. “However, the recent burning of a pride flag in Taber clearly shows more work is needed to change some negative attitudes and behaviours.”
Alberta Liberal Party Leader David Khan Demands a Crackdown on Political Action Committees
Calgary, AB (June 22, 2017)
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan is demanding the government introduce strict regulations for political action committees (PACs) to stop unscrupulous fundraising on both the right and left.
Jason Kenney's conservatives set up a PAC called “Unite Alberta" that has apparently raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support his PC leadership campaign. He reneged on a campaign pledge to release donors’ names and be transparent about expenditures.
Now, former Progressive Conservative PresidentKatherine O’Neill is the Executive Director of a new PAC called “Alberta Together.” She claims it has already raised $100,000 and is working towards $500,000 to support the creation of a new party for disaffected PCs
Alberta Together is hosting a meeting in Red Deer this Saturday
The Alberta Liberal Party will not be attending that meeting.
“We need bold action to reduce the impact of big money on Alberta politics,” says Khan. “Unregulated third-party fundraising and spending are corrupting the democratic process."
Khan is proposing strict regulations, including the banning of corporate and union donations to PACs, setting donation limits, and making donations to PACs above $250 and PAC expenditures transparent to the public.
“Alberta has the opportunity to be a national leader in democratic accountability and electoral finance reform.
“This NDP Government should not abdicate its responsibility to ensure our democracy cannot be bought.”
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