“Running a publicly-funded advertising campaign to sell taxpayers on a bad policy decision is inappropriate in and of itself, but to do so on an issue that is currently before the courts is completely unethical,” said Interim Leader and MLA for Calgary-Hays, Ric McIver. “Albertans should be deeply concerned that their government is using public resources to try and sway the verdict in what is already a sham of a lawsuit.”
The publically-funded advertisements falsely state that the PPAs were deliberately hidden from the public. Full details of the agreement were available for nearly 15 years for the general public to access via the Queen’s Printer. What’s more, all parties in the Legislature have repeatedly warned of the risks of breaking PPAs since the 2015 election campaign.
“The government claims these advertisements are to keep the public informed, yet we know it is part of the growing trend from the NDP of using ads as propaganda to validate their ideological agenda,” said McIver. “It’s a simple case of smoke and mirrors to distract the public from this government’s incompetence and Albertans aren’t buying it anymore. If the NDP truly believed this ridiculous lawsuit had a leg to stand on, they wouldn’t need to waste hard-earned taxpayer dollars trying to convince the public.”
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