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Alberta Party shadow budget balances in four years, avoids big cuts, engages public service to find cost savings

Posted on April 15, 2016 by Meagan Parisian

EDMONTON, AB - April 15, 2016 - There is a better way to balance the budget that doesn’t burden future generations with unsustainable debt loads while still investing in infrastructure and preserving front-line services, says Alberta Party leader Greg Clark.

The detailed Alberta Party shadow budget can be found here.

"Alberta’s budget crisis means the government needs to make responsible choices," said Clark. “Unfortunately the NDP took the easy way out by putting off hard decisions into the future, and we know Wildrose would make major cuts that would impact front-line public services.

“I think there’s a better way.”

The Alberta Party's shadow budget would: 

  • Balance in four years
  • Accommodate for population growth
  • Use more conservative resource revenue forecasts than the government
  • Freeze, but not roll back, public sector salaries
  • Work closely with Alberta’s public servants to find significant cost savings and improve service delivery
  • Gradually bring Alberta’s per-capita spending in line with the national average
  • Cut small business tax to 2%, implement an investor tax credit
  • Implement a transition plan to make the carbon tax truly revenue neutral

“This was a very difficult process,” said Clark. “Finding a middle ground that met Albertans’ expectations for a reasonable timeline to balance the budget without massive cuts required tough choices, but I think our plan does just that.” 

Clark called on other opposition parties to release their numbers.

“Once again the Alberta Party will be the only opposition party to release a detailed shadow budget.

“We’ve shown Albertans the details of our plan and the choices we would make, just like any credible opposition party should.”

The detailed Alberta Party shadow budget can be found here.

 

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For an interview please contact:

Natasha Soles

Communications Coordinator

Alberta Party Caucus

(780) 722-4733

Natasha.Soles@assembly.ab.ca


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  • commented 2016-04-18 08:00:29 -0600
    Once again, great work Greg. One MLA doing more than a party with 22. Other than being disappointed, frustrated and supportive of alternative ideas such as your shadow budget what options do Albertans have?
  • commented 2016-04-16 12:46:51 -0600
    And finally, kudos for putting out a shadow budget. Would be interesting to hear what you had planned with those capital investment numbers.
  • commented 2016-04-16 12:46:01 -0600
    Your 2016 total revenue figure is missing a leading for. Should be $41576.
  • commented 2016-04-16 12:34:26 -0600
    Also, bar color mismatch on the 15 year average bar chart on page 4 and is the capital plan on page 5 really in billions? So, we’re looking at trillions of dollars? The key metrics chart on page 7 doesn’t have dollar reference (millions?).
  • commented 2016-04-16 12:27:05 -0600
    Just a heads up that the projected WTI figure of $56 doesn’t match up with the 2018 point on the chart on page 3.

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