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03 November 2015

Clark calls on Minister of Finance to calculate impact of potential credit downgrade

EDMONTON, AB - November 3, 2015 - Finance Minister Joe Ceci’s admission that the ND government hasn’t considered the risk of increased borrowing costs from a credit downgrade are shocking and irresponsible, says Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark. 

“Minister Ceci’s admission in response to my question in Estimates about basic financial risk management comes as a surprise,” said Clark. “When the province is undertaking a historic borrowing program it’s essential they consider the impact a credit downgrade would have on Alberta’s ability to repay our debts.

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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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