Thank you, Madam Speaker. It’s been a full year now since last May 5. Our PC caucus has willingly embraced the job given us by the voters of Alberta. In this House PC caucus attacks policies and not people. PC caucus pushed back on Bill 6, which disrespects farmers and ranchers. We led the charge against the long-term damage that a $60 billion debt will do not only today but to Alberta’s children and grandchildren. We debunked the false premise of the $15 minimum wage. Albertans now know the carbon tax is really a carbon attack on Alberta, taking away jobs and investment in the short term and causing almost everything Albertans buy to cost more for all time until the policy is corrected. Through our efforts Alberta also knows this carbon attack will do little for the environment.
On the positive side we have convinced government to miraculously convert from pipeline deniers to advocates as the best way to keep jobs here and pay for infrastructure and social programs. We have gotten the government to reduce small-business tax by a third and got the government to commit to maintain parental choice in education, though it took a big battle to make that happen. Not bad for a team new at opposition, with an interim leader and not a lot of money to spend.
Recently in Red Deer a thousand members at their own expense attended our annual general meeting. They left energized by our absolute commitment to serve under Albertans while other parties yearn to rule over this great province. We remain the only party with a solid fiscal policy and a caring social policy. We know there is a long way to go. We need infrastructure to drive quality of life as well as the economy. We know that looking after those who need it is the same as looking after ourselves as we may all need help one day as circumstances arise. We are the only party in this House that fully grasps these realities.
Through Engage and other efforts we need to get this message to all Albertans. Then and only then might Alberta voters consider making a positive choice three years from now by choosing Progressive Conservatives, not for our sake but, if we do our jobs well, for Alberta’s sake.
On May 16, 2016, Ric McIver reflected on a year of engagement with Albertans.
PC Caucus in the Legislature
PC Caucus members have proposed and passed bills, amendments and motions. Read about them here.