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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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29 January 2016

Clark glad Albertans will continue to receive their fair share

CALGARY, AB - January 29, 2016 - Alberta Party Opposition Leader Greg Clark is pleased the government listened to the advice of the expert panel, and accepted many of the key recommendations of the Alberta Party royalty plan.

“Just like in our royalty plan, the panel has found that Albertans are getting a fair share from oil and gas royalties, and that our royalties today are globally competitive,” said Clark.

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13 January 2016

Clark pleased to see his LGBTQ+ motion taken on by NDP

CALGARY - January 13, 2016 -  Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark is pleased to see that his motion, though not debated in the house, has been taken seriously by the Minister of Education.

“My motion was on the order paper this past session, and I was able to share my concerns with the Minister many times during the fall sitting,” said Clark.  “I was proud to argue for my motion, stating that Alberta's Minister of Education needs to step in to impose a uniform policy on any board that does not full implement Bill 10, including an acceptable sexual orientation and gender identity and expression policy, and included a firm deadline of March 31, 2016.”

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12 January 2016

Alberta Party royalties plan focused on sustaining prosperity, continued growth of Alberta's energy industry

CALGARY AB - January 12, 2016 - Understanding the total value Alberta's energy industry delivers to Albertans beyond just royalties and creating policy that attracts investment even in challenging times is key to creating sustained prosperity in Alberta, says Alberta Party leader Greg Clark. 

The complete document, entitled Sustaining Prosperity can be found here.

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07 January 2016

Clark says Records Management report leaves more questions, asks for further investigation

CALGARY, AB - January 7, 2016 - The joint investigation by Alberta’s Information and Privacy Commissioner and Public Interest Commissioner into allegations of improper destruction of records by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development in the wake of the 2015 provincial election leaves more questions and demands further investigation says Alberta Party Opposition Leader Clark.

“This is why I wrote my letter of May 8th, and submitted a variety of FOIP requests on these particular records,” said Clark. “It was the very first thing I did as an MLA. I only wish the NDP had taken this seriously – perhaps then some of those 344 boxes of records would not have been destroyed.”

Clark called on the Information and Privacy Commissioner to undertake a second investigation. 

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18 December 2015

Alberta Set to Suffer Consequences of NDP Poor Financial Management

EDMONTON, AB - December 18, 2015 - Alberta Party Opposition Leader Greg Clark has serious concerns about Alberta’s financial future following S&P credit rating downgrade.

“We saw this coming,” said Clark. “This exact situation is why I asked the Minister of Finance multiple times if they had prepared a sensitivity analysis regarding a credit rating downgrade.

On Friday, S&P downgraded Alberta's credit rating from AAA to AA+, citing decreasing oil prices and poor budgetary performance.

 

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18 December 2015

Clark dismayed at NDP unwillingness to consult on democratic institutions

EDMONTON, AB - December 18, 2015 - Alberta Party Opposition Leader Greg Clark is frustrated at the NDP Government’s unwillingness to talk with Albertans about important issues in the province. 

“The NDP used their majority to vote down my motion to consult Albertans in person and online,” said Clark. “An ad in a paper is no replacement for town halls and direct meetings to properly engage Albertans. This would have been a first step to truly engaging in a province-wide debate about the state of democracy in Alberta. Instead they once again chose to limit access to real, substantive consultation.

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17 December 2015

Clark calls on NDP to consult Albertans on Elections and Ethics changes

EDMONTON, AB - December 17, 2015 - Alberta Party Opposition Leader Greg Clark is calling on the NDP to undertake a comprehensive consultation process on changes to Alberta’s elections and ethics rules. Clark’s motion to consult Albertans has been put off twice by the NDP majority on the Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee and is on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting.

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11 December 2015

Alberta Party Opposition releases end of session highlights

CALGARY, AB - December 10, 2015 - Alberta Party Opposition Leader Greg Clark has released the following highlights of the Fall 2015 Session.

 “I’m proud of our accomplishments this session, and I think that Albertans have seen us as a voice of reason in the house. We are the only party that chooses to propose ideas, not just oppose the government. I believe that opposition members should seek to contribute new ideas, and provide insight into what they themselves would do, rather than only providing criticism without contribution.

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