Premier Rachel Notley is responding to accusations by Wildrose leader Brian Jean that Alberta’s economy is suffering horribly under the policies of the NDP, and he can’t remember a time when things were worse.
After speaking at a quarterly party meeting on Saturday, Oct. 29, Notley told the media her party realizes the struggling economy — and Albertans as a result — is the most important issue.
“Name calling and making groundless assertions that somehow one party is the cause of all that, when we all know that it’s very much linked to the price of international oil which, quite frankly, none of us has any control over, doesn’t help get to solutions. It just builds up anger.”
Notley said she’s focused on speaking with an optimistic, forward looking Alberta that is capable of rolling up it sleeves and getting through tough times; adding there are important public services helping Albertans through the tough times, along with a number of different initiatives the government is taking.
“In order to promote diversification, to support small business, to support job creation in other sectors, to support people who are going back to work and retraining; so there’s a lot of work that’s going on to support those folks who are feeling, unfortunately, the difficulties of the economic downturn.”
Notley said the state of the province’s economy weighs heavily on members of the NDP, adding they head to and from work every day thinking about ways to help out struggling Albertans.
At their annual general meeting in Red Deer over the weekend, Wildrose party members endorsed a change to the policy manual to say they will repeal the carbon tax, should they win power.
Leader Brian Jean said to be fair and effective, any such carbon pricing needs to work in lockstep with other energy-producing jurisdictions.
The majority of Wildrose members also decided to endorse a return to the flat income tax model, and to push for the repeal of legislation that extends workplace safety and compensation rules to paid farm workers. (Global News/td)