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09 December 2015

Floodway buyout demolitions an important step on the road to recovery

EDMONTON, AB - December 9, 2015 - Although disappointed it wasn’t possible to resell homes purchased under the floodway buyout program, today’s announcement is another step on the long road to recovery for Calgarians still recovering from the 2013 flood, says Alberta Party leader and Calgary-Elbow MLA Greg Clark.

“I met with Minister Larivee and I’m satisfied and I take her at her word that it wasn’t possible to resell the homes, even those that suffered relative minor damage or were repaired by their previous owner,” said Clark. “I look forward to the consultation in January to seek community input on the immediate and long-term future for the land.”

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22 November 2015

Greg Clark reacts to Climate Plan

EDMONTON, AB - November 22, 2015 - Alberta Party Opposition Leader Greg Clark is broadly supportive of the ND climate plan and calls on the government to use this strategy to unapologetically promote market access for Alberta industry.

 “There are a number of similarities between this report and our plan Alberta’s Contribution: The Alberta Party Climate Change Strategy, and I am pleased to see they’ve adopted a number of strategies we recommended,” said Clark. 

“That said, I am concerned about the scale of the carbon price and the fact the plan is not truly revenue neutral – it still comes at a cost to the average Albertan. I would have liked to see tax cuts, but support the investment in R&D and green technology.”  



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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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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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14 September 2015

Greg Clark issues statement on Rosh Hashanah

CALGARY, AB - September 14, 2015 - Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark has issued the following statement on the start of Rosh Hashanah:

L’shanah Tovah! May this New Year be a day of joy, hope, and peace for you and your families.

Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest days of the year in Judaism, marking the first of the High Holy Days. At the start of this New Year, I hope Albertans will take time with their families and loved ones to reflect on the happiness found within your community. As the Holy Act of Teshuva is performed this day, we may all look towards our shortcomings and how best to better ourselves and support the betterment of those around us in the coming year.

Our family enjoyed the first night of Rosh Hashanah last night and look forward to celebrating again tonight.

On behalf of the Alberta Party, I wish you peace, happiness and good health throughout the year.


02 September 2015

Clark urges government to hold more climate change consultations, questions why consultation RFP cancelled

CALGARY, AB - September 2, 2015 - More Albertans deserve an opportunity to have their say on Alberta’s climate change strategy, says Alberta Party leader Greg Clark.

“Last night’s consultation in Calgary drew over 400 people and I expect today’s event in Edmonton will be similar,” said Clark. “It’s unfortunate that Albertans from other parts of the province won’t have the same opportunity.”

Clark called on the province to expand the process to include consultations in Fort McMurray, Grade Prairie, Red Deer and Lethbridge, as was apparently the original plan.

“The province issued an RFP earlier this summer for a more large-scale consultation that included these cities,” said Clark. “In addition to hearing from people in these cities it would also give rural Albertans near each centre more opportunity to have their say.

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