Mr. Speaker, this has been a summer of discontent made worse by NDP MLAs. Ideology has replaced common sense. They began with $6 billion borrowed, with no details provided. Government delayed the budget almost six months after the election but found time to add job-killing corporate taxes. This created maximum uncertainty, worsening Albertans’ ability to make a living in the energy industry, and made the situation worse by threatening a royalty review, a regulator overhaul, and musings of new taxes. The threat of a $15 per hour minimum wage is putting the entire tourism and hospitality industry at risk while ignoring the reality that low-income Albertans will actually get hurt more than helped by the change. Promises of building seniors’ homes have been delayed or perhaps even broken depending upon the budget.
The Premier has told unemployed Albertans to settle down and called Alberta an embarrassing cousin and given up on three of the four possible pipeline directions. Rather than working to save jobs and provide support and training to unemployed Albertans, the minister of jobs spent time trying to get jobs for her pals in the NDP in B.C. The government has sown seeds of discontent so deep that Albertans thrashed the NDP candidates in the federal election. The government has taken their eye off the ball on school construction and then tried to blame the previous government, only to spend an entire week explaining, backtracking, and hoping the issue would go away, distancing themselves from – wait for it – themselves.
Mr. Speaker, Albertans have not been properly consulted or paid attention to. Our PC caucus thanks the NDP for driving Albertans in our direction, but that will not stop us from opposing bad policies. We encourage Albertans to rise up rather than settle down. PCs are proud of Alberta; it’s, rather, the NDP who are ashamed. Albertans can count on us to push the government away from one blind ideological mistake after another and towards policies that are good for Alberta and ones they counted on, at least until May 5.
On October 26, 2015, Ric McIver highlighted harmful policies.
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