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28 October 2015

Alberta Party Caucus releases Alternative Budget

EDMONTON, AB - October 28, 2015 - Alberta Party Caucus leader Greg Clark released his alternative to the NDP 2015/2016 Budget.

The Alberta Party alternative budget is available here.

“There is very little point in releasing only criticism,” said Clark. “As opposition it’s important we offer clear alternatives and that’s exactly what we’ve done.

The Alberta Party Caucus would balance the budget in fiscal 2018/19 by controlling operational costs while investing in badly-needed infrastructure and providing the front-line services Albertans need. 

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26 October 2015

Flood mitigation announcement good news for Alberta

EDMONTON, AB - October 26, 2015 - The new provincial government deserves credit for making a good decision based on good information, says Alberta Party leader Greg Clark.

“I’ve been advocating for significant upstream mitigation since before I was even an MLA, so it’s good to see it finally going ahead,” said Clark. “When I met with Premier Notley and Minister Phillips I asked them to review the data and make a decision based on that. I’m pleased they did just that. They’ve done their homework and made a good decision based on good data.

“If the PCs thought Springbank is the right project and the NDs think it’s the right project, it’s the right project.”

Clark added that landowners in Springbank must be dealt with fairly, but said the project is clearly in the public interest and should proceed quickly.

 

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23 October 2015

Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark on his expectations for the upcoming budget and session

EDMONTON, AB - October 22, 2015 - “There are lots of reasons this deficit should be lower than forecast, with school funding and other capital projects deferred. But based on all the signals we’ve seen to date it looks like we’re in for a deficit that will be up to 15% of the total budget. There's no doubt Alberta is in a very difficult fiscal situation. As an opposition MLA I could choose outrage or indignation or even denial. But instead I choose empathy. Empathy for those thousands of Albertans who have lost their jobs, and even empathy for our new government as they struggle to find a way through this. And make no mistake, this government will have to make hard choices."

Clark also released a budget scorecard with detailed expectations.

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14 October 2015

Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark plans to bring forth a legislative motion on LGBTQ+ rights in Alberta schools

CALGARY, AB - October 14, 2015 - Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark has released a statement following the Edmonton Catholic School District meeting on creating an inclusive community policy:

“Watching the Edmonton Catholic School Board debate policy to include (or in the case of one board member, exclude) transgender children was a frustrating experience. Most of the old, hurtful arguments about transgender people were rolled out one more time, but you won't find me repeating them here. 

We know these outdated attitudes hurt transgender kids. When over 65% of transgender children self-harm and nearly 30% attempt suicide, it's time for attitudes and policies to change. If our schools and our school boards aren't standing up for kids, then their elected officials must do so instead.   

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06 October 2015

Auditor General report shows continued problems in corporate tax collection, DRP, loss on the sale of airplanes

Calgary (October 6 2015):  Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark is encouraged by the recommendations put forth in the Report of the Auditor General of Alberta, and is looking forward to working with all parties to implement the recommendations. 

“These recommendations are ones that I’ve been arguing for since before I became an MLA ,” said Clark. “They are clear, simple, practical ways in which we can make government function more ethically, but also more effectively.”

“On corporate tax collection I agree with the Auditor General that it is unacceptable to see so much badly-needed tax revenue go uncollected,” said Clark. “I am extremely disappointed that the ND government did not even attempt to fix this problem before raising the corporate tax rates. The NDs don’t even have a strategy to try to deal with outstanding tax returns, nor a policy to begin to fix the significant compliance problems found with corporate tax filings.

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