Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan comments on the first United Conservative Party government budget.
Khan stated, “This looks to be a short-sighted budget that will inflict needless pain on Albertans. The UCP has decided to cut services. This is the wrong approach. There is a better way.
“The clear solution is a sales tax. Alberta Liberals suggested a revenue-neutral sales tax in the provincial election. Experts called it the most sensible economic policy of the campaign. It will get Alberta off the resource revenue roller coaster and allow for stable budgeting. It will also spare all Albertans the trauma of cuts and more job losses.
“Renowned economists like Jack Mintz and organizations like the C.D. Howe Institute and the Parkland Institute all endorse a sales tax in some form. But, Premier Kenney and the NDP Opposition won’t even discuss this practical, positive strategy to solve our spending issues. They have no political courage.