Mr. Speaker, in talking with Albertans across our province, voters sheepishly admit to supporting this government with hope for positive, responsible change, but now they see damaging dogmatic ideology lurking behind the orange cloak while their hopes have been irrevocably dashed as Alberta heads for even tougher times than global economics alone could have wrought on our great province.
I am proud of our entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering way of life and an innovative, can-do stubbornness and pride with humility that carries our brand across this country and around the world. But this alone will not bring the success we previously enjoyed, and herein lies the renowned prairie work ethic that supports our determination to succeed in a community-driven way that shares wealth and the Alberta advantage with our most vulnerable citizens. And I’m encouraged by our western heritage, that has built an embracing, inclusive society that takes care of those less fortunate while welcoming and celebrating people, ideas, dreams, hopes, and diversity in all its forms, creating, building, and supporting better communities for all. This is the Alberta I love.
Mr. Speaker, this week I heard schoolchildren asking about the fate of our energy sector with youthful but insightful concerns for the livelihoods of their parents, family, friends, and neighbours, young adults fearing the legacy of fiscal irresponsibility and uncertainty for their own futures, the dampening of the spirit of which I’ve spoken, and the stark realization of having taken so much for granted in their young lives. Seniors share their concerns for the financial burden that will be borne by their children and grandchildren while lamenting the slow and painful death of the Alberta advantage, that brought so many economic refugees to our province from other NDP provinces.
This is not the Alberta that I know and love. Albertans are saddened by the attack on intangible qualities that have driven such tangible results for us as a strong, proud, resilient, passionate, and dynamic province. Mr. Speaker, let’s remember the spirit, the proud history, and hopeful dreams for a bright future that we are responsible for in this Chamber and that each vote we make can support a brighter future for Alberta
On May 2, 2016, Richard Gotfried proposed taking a critical look at Alberta's past, present, and future:
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