Well, thank you, Mr. Speaker. Earlier this month Alberta marked the six-month anniversary of the historic election of the NDP as government. Go ahead and pound away because you’re not going to like the rest of this.
Now, our PC Party caucus was relegated here to the corner, and I’m fine with that too, because, after all, I spent a good chunk of grade school in this same spot. The election result was a surprise to most Albertans. It was hard, in fact, to find people that even admitted to having voted NDP, and those few that eventually did admit to it said: well, we voted NDP only because we wanted the PCs to win a minority government. Now, there’s some voting strategy that can only be described as baffling, but let’s remember that these folks did vote NDP.
Over the summer Albertans witnessed the spectacle of a Premier campaigning against our environmental record for the federal NDP, who wanted to lock the oil sands in the ground, and telling out-of-work Albertans to settle down because we’re just embarrassing cousins and expressing concern that she wouldn’t have fun at the climate change conference. Well, Mr. Speaker, Albertans aren’t settling down, we’re not embarrassed, and – I’m sorry – we couldn’t care less if you have fun at the climate change conference.
Albertans are finding that while the last 44 years weren’t perfect, things were a whole lot better than the last six months. Every day we hear this government complain about how hard it is to fix the last 44 years. Well, maybe you should quit trying to fix stuff that isn’t broken. I’m a veterinarian, and I fix things, too, and when I’m done, the things I fix have certain key parts in deficit and are no longer able to pass things of great value on to the next generation. That sounds like the same approach the NDP is taking to our economy.
Mr. Speaker, most Albertans are holding their breath and hoping this government doesn’t totally destroy the province in the three and a half years they have left in their mandate. Our party learned many lessons about interfering where we weren't helpful. Albertans hope this government will learn that sooner rather than later.
On November 18, 2015, Richard Starke focused on Alberta's real challenges:
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