“I’m surprised and disappointed to see the NDP pressing forward with a recommendation that an overwhelming majority of public submissions received by the Committee did not support,” said MLA for Calgary-North West and Committee member, Sandra Jansen. “This government surely has more pressing matters to focus on, given the current state of Alberta’s economy. The tone deafness of this proposal is staggering.”
NDP MLA for Edmonton-Ellerslie, Rod Loyola, introduced a motion that would see political parties in Alberta receive a taxpayer-funded subsidy for 50 per cent of all campaign expenditures provided they receive at least 10 per cent of the overall vote. The Progressive Conservatives believe that with a $10.4 billion projected budget deficit this year alone, the NDP should be focused on saving taxpayer dollars, not finding ways to spend more.
“Albertans have told us time and time again that they are not comfortable with the level of debt the government plans to accumulate over the next three years,” said MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster and Committee member, Richard Starke. “After more than a year at the helm, it’s astonishing that this government has learned nothing about how to prioritize public spending and act in Alberta’s best interests. Taxpayers have absolutely no appetite to see their hard earned money go to directly subsidize political parties in this province.”