Top Centre: Thanks to all who participated in the Annual Evergreen Christmas Lights contest!
Top Right: Thrilled to be Santa’s helper at the Evergreen Seniors Event—it was great fun!
Bottom: It was an honour to once again participate in the lighting of the Menorah at City Hall;
& privileged that Chabad Lubavitch is in Calgary-Lougheed!
Jobs & the Economy: As economic indicators worsened in Alberta during 2016, the NDP’s inability to handle this economic crisis has become painfully apparent. This year, the unemployment rate in Calgary exceeded 10%. By August, over 4,000 businesses were forced to close their doors in Calgary. This has been exacerbated by a corporate tax increase, the carbon tax, minimum wage increases, & a series of energy policy changes that have created uncertainty for investment. These decisions made a bad situation worse for AB’s in 2016 by increasing costs across all industry sectors. As we move into 2017, our caucus will continue urging the NDP to rebuild trust with AB business, discontinue their assault on enterprise, & promote growth.
Carbon Tax: This tax is expansive & all-encompassing--affecting AB’s most vulnerable individuals, senior citizens, & families—all at a time when AB’s face unprecedented unemployment levels. On average, families can expect to pay an additional $600 per year. The decrease in disposable income will be magnified as the cost of meeting basic needs will rise—including food, clothing, & shelter. Costs for basic services can also be expected to increase, since no one is exempt from the carbon tax. In an attempt to promote its ill-conceived Climate Leadership Plan, the NDP are wasting taxpayer dollars by spending $9 Million on advertising campaign! Additionally, the NDP have continued to implement their climate leadership strategy--including a coal phase-out that will cost 10,000 jobs. The NDP are not taking into account the state of AB’s fragile economy when designing haphazard, piecemeal environmental policy based ideological practice, with negative consequences for all AB’s!
Electricity Changes: The NDP continues to make ideological decisions that are having negative impacts on AB families. This was the case for our electricity market, as we saw the NDP attack power companies that have invested billions into our communities over the years. Investor confidence continued to drop in AB when the NDP attempted to break 16-year-old legal contacts & threatened to take power companies to court; putting AB taxpayers on the hook! Historically, AB’s paid a low price for electricity with a reliable source; but “NDP world-view” decisions introduced price volatility, & forced the NDP to introduce a cap on the electricity regulated rate option—however, the cap will not actually protect AB consumers--as families will be forced to pay through increases on their electricity bills or through increases in their taxes!