Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It’s only been seven months, but the list of accomplishments of the new NDP government already includes passing legislation that could take Alberta to an unprecedented $50 billion in debt; clandestine borrowing of an additional $6 billion while reversing all spending restraint; increasing all sorts of taxes, including a $3 billion carbon tax that was never even hinted at before the election; drawing every last cent out of the multibillion-dollar contingency fund; failing to deliver on the promise of balancing the budget by 2017; failing to deliver on the promise to build the new cancer centre by 2020; cutting millions of dollars from addiction and detox centres during this fentanyl crisis; a regrettable list of world-class officials who’ve been let go, including the chief medical officer, the addictions and mental health officer, the cancer control chief, the AHS CEO, and dozens in other disciplines; promoting a job-creation plan that has created no jobs; proposing a raise for the budget of the officers of the Legislature while thousands of Albertans are losing their livelihoods; declaring that coal has no future in our electricity system; and turning a blind eye to U.S. Senators visiting the oil sands while referring to Albertans as Canada’s embarrassing cousins; throwing their own employees under the bus and delaying the opening of partisan constituency offices for months; selling access to the Premier and her cabinet at a fundraiser; creating a sunshine list that they admit may never see the light of day; leaving an untold number of decisions to be made behind closed doors on cabinet-approved regulations; offering lip service at best instead of real consultation; launching a three-minute briefing lecture on Bill 8 to school boards but not allowing any time for questions; invoking closure on Bill 6, which tells ranchers and farmers that they are not worth talking about. Sadly, there is so much more, but I only have two minutes, Mr. Speaker.
I’ll say this in conclusion. Albertans are left to wonder who this new NDP government is targeting next, but I can assure you that our PC caucus will defend the quality of life of every Albertan every step of the way.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
On December 9, 2015, Dave Rodney reflected on recent government policies.
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