“There is no doubt that Alberta is facing tough times, but families in our province deserve action from this government, not the misinformation and fearmongering they have been getting,” said Ric McIver, Interim Leader and MLA for Calgary-Hays. “A commitment to fiscal responsibility and respecting taxpayer dollars does not equal cuts to the front line, as Premier Notley continuously suggests. It’s time for the Premier to stop using hard-working teachers and nurses as pawns in her political games and find ways to manage their out-of-control deficit.”
While the provincial government is not responsible for the price of oil, they are responsible for their response to it. The ideological policies they have brought forward over the last 11 months have only made a bad situation much worse. Other oil-producing jurisdictions in the country are dealing with the same downturn, yet are not experiencing the same rise in unemployment. In Saskatchewan, for example, unemployment is two percentage points below Alberta’s.
“We know that Alberta will be able to weather these tough economic times, partly because of the fiscal capacity that the Premier mentioned,” said McIver. “That fiscal capacity was built by Albertans during successive Progressive Conservative governments and we are disappointed to see this NDP government squander something that took decades to build.”
With the upcoming provincial budget projecting a record deficit of more than $10 billion, the Progressive Conservative caucus was proud to launch ENGAGE this week. The common sense solutions highlighted in this initiative will help this government find cost-saving measures while protecting essential services for Albertans.