“Just one day after insisting that the carbon tax is simply an opportunity to help Albertans make better decisions, we find out that they have spent $9 million on a slick propaganda campaign to drive the message home,” said Interim Leader and MLA for Calgary-Hays Ric McIver. “This attempt to buy Albertans’ support with their own money is shameful and extravagant. We are calling on the government to immediately suspend this costly propaganda campaign.”
To put the $9 million spend to date on Climate Leadership Plan advertising into perspective, it is more than double the amount that previous Progressive Conservative governments spent to advertise Budget 2013, Budget 2014 and the Building Alberta Plan combined.
“It’s clear that Albertans simply aren’t buying what the government is selling when it comes to its Climate Leadership Plan,” said McIver. “I find it disappointing that the NDP would rather continue wasting hard-earned tax dollars advertising losing policies than listen to the public and make common-sense changes to their plan. Albertans are no doubt growing tired of this arrogant and disrespectful behaviour from their government.”