The Friday Focus is a weekly blog post from Alberta Liberal Leader John Roggeveen. It covers some of the major topics in Alberta Politics each week.
Punching Ourselves in the Nose
I am an Albertan, but I am a Canadian first. I stand with my fellow Canadians who contribute to and benefit from the CPP, which experts consider among the best, if not the best, managed pension plan in the world.
Danielle Smith’s Alberta Pension Plan is opposed by a legion of experts and most Albertans. Now, even her fellow conservatives are turning on her. Smith’s agenda is so extreme she’s even offside with CPC Leader Pierre Poilievre, who rejected the idea this week. Provincial leaders are crying foul too. After an open letter from Ontario’s conservative finance minister criticized Smith’s divisive plan, Canada’s finance ministers will meet to discuss the UCP’s destructive APP proposal.
Smith seems intent on turning Canadians against Albertans and vice versa by wasting tax dollars on slanted ads. Instead, Smith should be dealing with real problems faced by Albertans.
Fear and Loathing at the UCP AGM
We live in a rapidly evolving world, which understandably brings much anxiety about change for many people. The UCP is exploiting that anxiety and stoking fear of the future among its members to take Alberta backward. Its upcoming AGM features policies to roll back protections for LGBTQIA2S+ youth, rehash old COVID grievances, and entertain MAGA-inspired conspiracy theories.
Our party is working hard to take a different approach. Alberta Liberals believe in facing change head-on and finding solutions and opportunities on the road ahead. The world is moving forward. Alberta can’t afford to stand still, much less go backward.
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