David Swann looks for more from the NDP government after the Throne Speech
“This was a mom and apple-pie throne speech,” says Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann. “There were a lot of feel good moments but very little concrete commitment to new or difficult ideas.”
Today’s throne speech by Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell introduced a number of bills ranging from a carbon tax to essential services legislation. Though Swann is pleased to see the NDP incorporate Liberal ideas, such as the Act to End Predatory Lending, he felt the bills designed to stimulate the economy were distressingly vague.
“We have a jobs crisis in Alberta and the bills in the throne speech do little to address this beyond the belief that infrastructure spending will cure all ills,” Swann said. “Additionally, small businesses are suffering and they need solid policy initiatives, not a government direction to banks to lend more money. One option the government needs to look at is the elimination of small business taxes, a policy the Liberals have repeatedly advocated for.”
“Further,” continued Swann. “Despite report after report on failings in the health system, there’s no mention here of cost savings nor improved outcomes for Alberta Health Services,”.
“I, and the other opposition parties, are going to be asking very hard questions of the government in this session,” Swann concluded.