Media Release

Trust and Transparency

March 14, 2012

EDMONTON -  Today Albertans learned that the ethics commissioner was asked to investigate the PC government’s decision to pull the plug on a $6.6 billion upgrader and refinery project. Last week, the method used to calculate MLA salaries was under intensive scrutiny and prior to that the government downplayed the need for an inquiry into physician intimidation.

There are a couple of related themes running throughout these issues, as well as many others that have come up and will probably continue to surface as we enter into the election. Those themes are transparency and trust.

It has become apparent that there is a lack of transparency on behalf of the PC government and where there is a lack of transparency, there is a lack of trust. Albertans don’t trust their government because they feel they are being kept in the dark.

“Over and over again on the doorsteps of Alberta, we are hearing that people don’t trust politicians because they aren’t being given the necessary information to understand why certain decisions are being made,” says Alberta Party Leader Glenn Taylor.  “These are decisions that are affecting their lives, decisions that affect their livelihood, their children and their health.”

It is time to get to the root of the problem and begin making changes that encourage a culture of transparency – the trust will follow.


For further information please contact:

Robbie Kreger-Smith, Communications Chair

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