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02 March 2016

Clark pleased to see changes to MLA living allowance

EDMONTON, AB - March 1, 2016 - MLAs will now be required to claim actual living expenses after the Member Services Committee approved Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark’s proposed changes.

“I’m glad to see the committee adopt my suggestion to require MLAs to claim ‘up to’ the maximum allowable rather than claiming the maximum amount despite actual costs,” said Clark. “This will not only save taxpayers’ money, it shows MLAs are leading by example in difficult times.”

“This is one of the first issues I raised when I first became an MLA. Although it’s taken some time, it’s good to finally see the changes approved.

 

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29 February 2016

Alberta Party chooses not to run in Calgary-Greenway byelection

CALGARY, AB – February 29, 2016 – Following a decision by the Board of Directors, the Alberta Party has elected to not run a candidate in the Calgary-Greenway by-election.

"This byelection was called early by a government desperate to get it out of the way before a bad-news budget," said Clark. "We believe the best place to communicate our vision for Alberta is the Legislature, which starts next week. We will continue our role as the de-facto official opposition by sharing ideas on how to take Alberta forward in difficult times by releasing another alternative budget, ideas about how to rebuild the Heritage Fund, and other policies."

"Running in this byelection is not the best use of our resources as we build towards 2019,” said Greg Clark, leader of the Alberta Party. “We have a clear plan to build the Alberta Party and we’re on track to be a significant factor in the 2019 general election.

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25 February 2016

Clark releases debt plan, says further credit downgrades will cost Albertans $660 million more

CALGARY, AB - February 25, 2016 - Alberta Party Caucus Leader Greg Clark has released a debt affordability analysis and recommendations for the Government of Alberta’s fiscal sustainability.

“Albertans expect more from this government,” said Clark. “If the NDs are going to be borrowing tens of billions of dollars, they need to do a deeper analysis of the costs of borrowing and show Albertans a clear plan to pay it back.”

The Alberta Party Caucus debt plan recommends the following:

1.       Always use the most conservative figure available for forecasting purposes

2.       Eliminate borrowing for operational spending

3.       Develop and implement a debt affordability analysis to be incorporated into the annual budget which includes a detailed analysis of different scenarios based on key metrics like debt to GDP, debt as a percentage of revenues and other measures 

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24 February 2016

Massive deficit, NDP inaction on operational spending puts Alberta firmly on track for future credit downgrades

EDMONTON, AB - February 24, 2016 - Alberta Party Opposition Leader Greg Clark is deeply troubled by the ND Government’s lack of action on operational spending and sees a big risk of future credit rating downgrades from Alberta’s historic anticipated budget deficit.  

“The fact they have no plan to curb operational spending is contributing to an unprecedented projected $10.5B budget deficit,” said Clark. “There’s no question Alberta is on track for further credit rating downgrades. 

More troubling, Clark expressed concern that this year’s deficit was artificially lowered substantially because a significant amount of capital spending is unable to be deployed, noting the third quarter fiscal update deferred $948 in capital spending to future years.

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10 February 2016

Clark calls on NDs to show leadership on DRP in wake of hard-hitting Auditor General’s Report

CALGARY - February 10, 2016 - Alberta Party Opposition Leader Greg Clark has little hope that the ND government will fully implement the recommendations found within the recently released Auditor General’s report.

“It may be a new government but it seems nothing has changed behind the scenes,” said Clark. “This is especially true with the troubling findings about the Disaster Recovery Program. The same people who made a mess of DRP have been asked to fix it.

“Why should we expect anything to be different next time?”

Clark said that two and a half years after the flood hundreds of people are still struggling to close their DRP files.

 

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