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Alberta Party Caucus releases Alternative Budget

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Meagan Parisian

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. 

“I hope to offer the NDP and Albertans an idea of how the Alberta Party would govern, and propose a number of changes that I feel would significantly improve the economic outlook for our province,” said Clark. “I am concerned about the overly optimistic outlook the ND Government has for energy prices and their future deficit projections. Our budget is more cautious, with conservative estimates that can withstand the economic downturn.

“Additionally, we will support entrepreneurs as they diversify the economy and grow their businesses, as well as empower front line workers to make Alberta’s public sector more innovative and efficient. Albertans are doing more with less, and we could learn from their restraint.” 

Clark called on all opposition parties to release their alternatives to the NDP’s first budget 

“The people of Alberta don’t want opposition for opposition’s sake, they want ideas and a clear plan. We’ve given them just that and I hope others will too.”

  

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For an interview please contact:

Meagan Wade

Media Relations, Alberta Party

587-802-0712

media@albertaparty.ca


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  • commented 2016-02-01 14:03:55 -0700
    i agree with Some of your points Reino and others I don’t. I agree with the carbon tax. Peter loughheed a long time ago said that our province shouldn’t be depending on Oil , but yet here we depending on it. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. I have seen no action taken to help solve the issues with the increased homeless population in Alberta. The only “action” i have seen is our city officials sitting in the delta hotel “talking” about it. So mayor how much did the meal cost? and did you come up with ideas on how to curb the homeless or will that be discussed in your next “banquet Meal” at the Delta? Oil funding should have gone for hospitals, mental health , homelessness, seniors, roads and low income housing NOT IN YOUR POCKETS! Look at the place you live reino there is no community Recreation centre, I go to a recreation centre twice a week in city I don’t have the health issues. I buy fresh vegtables and fruits and I don’t smoke. Its still our choice to get stepped on and sit at home with the “poor me attitude” If you continue to sit there and blame other people for your problems your issues won’t go away until you do something about it
  • commented 2016-01-25 11:33:43 -0700
    Reino I recieve 1588 a month with my husband and me,rounds out to $3000 if we combine it. I do know you have a wife and daughter that are both on aish and that is over $4764 close to $5000. I have to pay Over $1000 for rent ,i have to pay my own heat,water and electrical. everyone that is low income or not has to pay between $874 and up which means its the same as damage deposit. I pay for own food and i get stuff that is healthy. i shop at farmers markets in the city for my fresh fruit and vegtables and we spend about $500 for our food and i still have money left over to spend during the month. as mentioned before where does all your money go? you clearly get more money then me and my husband. After talking with your ex roommates and x friends they have told me that you have 3 freezers , brand new computers and other stuff that you get from shopaarons and are seen at the local bar in didsbury gambling. You can’t get a job working , apply at jobs that dont require a records check.You are living beyond your means and yet you are on here crying cause the alberta governement made your life hard and you DEPRESSED!!!!!! Give me a break, if your the same person that is on thedirty.com calgary site you need some serious medical and mental help. My advice do something about your life cause the excuse of "i’m depressed’ only works so far

    Thank you alberta government that you raised our aish and no i don’t agree with raising pst,gst. I do agree with raising he carbon tax cause in the end it will help our environment
  • commented 2016-01-24 17:50:28 -0700
    Okay so what are your plans with the extra amount of money, is it going for hospitals better health care……hahaha yeah right. yeah i receive Aish, i just barely make it, thank god i don’t have to pay heat and water. I pay for power at $60 a month. I pay $400 for food and its never enough because of grocerys and the uprising cost. I now have to wait another 2 years because the jobs and market have been going downhill. IF YOUR THERE FOR THE PEOPLE BE FOR THE PEOPLE NOT LINING YOUR POCKETS WITH MONEY
  • commented 2016-01-07 14:53:25 -0700
    I am one of the Born and Raised in Alberta, I disagree adding a pst , plus a carbon tax , gst . What next a tax for breathing ?. Those of us how depend on A.I.S.H. are already having a hard enough time making ends meet. We get 1588.00 per month, Most rents are now over 1000.00 dollars, most places you still have to pay lights, there is now 50.00 to 100.00 dollars Maybe less for a single person. Then there is laundry , what about transportation to doctor’s appointments, that leaves very little for feeding a family of 3 when you are unable to work. There are too many times People with Disablities get stepped on and can’t afford to live a normal life. We end up getting stuck at home , since there is no money available to get any were , so there raises another concern, people end up gaining weight and guess what more health issues, they end up having to get even more medical treatments. Then there is the cost of price hikes in food shopping heaven forbid trying to buy anything healthy so again have to settle for the low price stuff and that isn’t that healthy for you. Oops again more stuff to cause health issues. and more on the health care system.

    OH AND HEAVEN FORBID THOSE THAT HAVE NOT ALWAYS BEEN A LAW KEEPER , BUT HAS CHANGED THERE LIVES TO BE, OOPS NO SORRY YOUR NOT ABLE TO RECIEVE A PARDON,

    I APPLIED FOR A PARDON , WAS TOLD I WAS NOT APPROVED. So I lost the job I had waiting for me. Well there would of been the help I would of needed for supporting my family a little bit better.

    THE GOVERMENT KEEPS SAYING THAT THEY ARE CONCERNED FOR THOSE OF US ON LOW INCOME , WELL I SURE HOPE SOME ONE WILL REALLY POINT OUT WHAT THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT BECAUSE I DON’T SEE IT. MAYBE THEY SHOULD HAVE TO LIVE ON 1588.00 PER MONTH FOR A YEAR AND THEN SEE WHAT IT IS TRULY LIKE.

    EVERY ONE KNOW’S WHEN YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO BE THE SUPPORTER OF YOUR FAMILY AND HAVE TRYED EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO MAKING THINGS BETTER FOR YOUR FAMILY, AND CAN’T . CAN VERY WELL MAKE ANY MAN DEPRESSED.

    I SOLEY BLAME THE ALBERTA GOVERMENT FOR MY DEPRESSION , MAKING MY LIFE AND MY FAMILY HAVE TO DEAL WITH HARDSHIP EACH AND EVERY DAY. MAYBE SOME DAY WE WILL GET A GOVERMENT THAT WILL REALIZE THAT THEY ARE TO BLAME FOR ALOT OF HEALTH ISSUES WITH IN THE LOW INCOME PEOPLE OF OUR BEAUTIFUL PROVINCE OF ALBERTA. FOR THE PAST AT LEAST 25 OR SO YEARS I HAVE SEEN THIS PROVINCE GO DOWN HILL FOR THE LOW INCOME, BUT THE MIDDLE AND UPPER CLASS THATS WERE THEY ONLY PUT THERE FOCUS.

    DISSAPOINTED WITH OUR ALBERTA GOVERMENT.
  • commented 2015-10-30 14:23:43 -0600
    Why is it that no party in Alberta will consider implementing an Alberta PST. Because it would be political suicide to do so, thats why. Every one in Alberta seems to think that it is our God given right to be the only province in Canada not to pay a PST. By implementing a PST, we could quit relying on OIL to pay our way and instead rely on a steady income that can be counted on year by year and supplement our OIL revenues. We could start off very slowly just to get people accustomed to paying a sales tax, say 2% to start with and gradually increase to 4-5 % over 4 years or something. We have thousands of visitors here every year and by putting in a sales tax we can have them help to pay for our infrastructures to ease the pain. There has to be a way of selling this to the Alberta people, they are not a stupid bunch and would surely see the advantage if it was explained to them carefully and very slowly. Then, when we do get oil prices back up to where we have a high revenue, we could pay off our debt while still living on the PST and, maybe get a real trust fund going. Norway copied us in their heritage fund and it is an embarrassment to see where theirs is in contrast to ours today.

    Lets start forward thinking here. Now that Alberta has elected an NDP government that is certain to put Alberta into and accumulated debt of probably 60 billion by 2020 and we are headed to 100 billion by 2022 , it would be smart for a party to lay out the ground work to show what has to be done to repair the NDP damage done by borrowing, borrowing borrowing. It will be a virtual impossibility for any government to repay this debt the old fashioned way and also political suicide so why not take the high road and show all Albertans how a party can be proactive by doing the unthinkable, PST.

    Thanks for your time.

    Gary Kirton
    gary676@gmail.com

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