“This very sombre Christmas present for Albertans means that reality has slapped them in the face. The government is beginning to move away from the high-spending budget that it promised in the fall,” said PC Interim Leader Ric McIver. “We’ve known for a while that the NDP will have a difficult time fulfilling its promises. It’s sad that it took a serious loss like the downgrading of Alberta’s AAA credit rating which the NDP caused for the government to make tough decisions. Albertans face difficult economic times and need a government that is focused on generating real, well-paying jobs as opposed to the pie-in-the-sky agenda it has laid out.”
“In response to our questions, the government told Albertans that each and every one of its commitments was funded and would appear in the 2016 budget,” said Richard Gotfried MLA for Calgary-Fish Creek. “Now the finance minister says the opposite. The government is still hiding the actions that it might take, but every delay generates more harmful uncertainty for employers, businesses and investors. The government needs to release the regular fiscal update so that Albertans can see the exact situation Alberta faces and plan accordingly.”
Since May, the Progressive Conservatives have been urging the government to demonstrate responsibility with the budget and to make sure that the government can live within its means.