“There’s no question that Alberta is facing serious challenges when it comes to our provincial finances – challenges made worse by this government’s reckless spending and complete lack of a debt repayment plan,” said Ric McIver, Interim Leader and Finance Critic for the Progressive Conservative caucus. “The Alberta our children and grandchildren were born into and the one they will grow up in are worlds apart, and we should all be very concerned about how this government’s choices will impact their futures.”
Earlier this month, the Progressive Conservatives challenged this government to make common sense reductions across government now in order to avoid deep and painful cuts down the road. Instead, they have opted for record deficits, with little effort to control spending and no plan whatsoever to pay it back.
“It makes little sense that the only departments to receive spending reductions are the ones that support Alberta’s top industries,” said McIver. “The agriculture, forestry, energy and tourism ministries each include an operating reduction, meaning less resources and support for the sectors that actually create jobs in our province.”
“While Albertans are doing more with less, their NDP government is doing less with more,” said McIver. “In times like these, people look to their government to have their back – it’s clear from this fiscal plan that Premier Notley does not.”