Brian Jean doesn’t think much of the Notley government’s planned budget consultations.
The Wildrose leader told iNews880’s Rob Breakenridge he believes the budget is a done deal – either already printed or “sitting on someone’s desk”.
“If they really cared about listening to Albertans, they’d scrap the carbon tax and start getting our fiscal house in order,” Jean said Tuesday. “It’s no surprise that the NDP want to stay in downtown Edmonton in that echo chamber and not hear from everyday Albertans,” Jean said.
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He likened the invite-only consultation meetings to “private campaign rallies” and said the NDP should venture further in search of feedback.
“If the premier and finance minister traveled the province and listened to everyday Albertans like I do, they would hear how upset Albertans are with the direction they are taking.”
LISTEN: Brian Jean speaks to Rob Breakenridge about the NDP’s budget consultation process
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci has said there will be no new major spending in the financial plan when the budget is tabled in March. Invite-only consultations are planned in nine communities.
Jean’s own riding of Fort McMurray is not included on that list.