It’s been more than three months since the new government was elected, and the NDP still won’t say what it will do to protect jobs and the economy – especially the oil and gas industry – beyond saying they “understand it’s important” and the Premier is “doing all she can.”
“A good first start would be for our premier to publicly denounce her federal cousin’s weekend comments that we should dial back Alberta’s oilsands development to protect the environment,” said Interim PC Leader Ric McIver. “She’s not working for the federal NDP – she’s working for Albertans. We’re very concerned about the jobs and investment that are being lost in Alberta, thanks to the NDP’s untested policies and refusal to speak up to protect Albertans.”
“The government today confirmed what we’ve been saying all along: small and medium-sized business owners are worried about how they will pay for significantly-higher minimum wage increases starting this fall and still manage to stay in business,” added McIver. “The Finance Minister says he’s consulting with business, but doing it after the fact isn’t consultation at all. He admitted today that half the conversations he has are about creating investor confidence in Alberta, yet he and his government still have no concrete plan to deal with the situation.”
Albertans are getting tired of short-sighted and untested policies and inaction from the provincial NDP until after the federal election. The time for talking is done. Albertans need real, concrete action and they need it now.
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Communications, PC Caucus