Confused by the PC lies and spin about the Alberta budget? Here’s a handy infographic to help you make sense of it all. Post by Danielle Smith – Wildrose.
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BUDGET 2014: DOUBLING DOWN ON DEBT EDMONTON, AB (March 6, 2014): Budget 2014 confirms the PC government remains steadfast on the path of growing Alberta’s total debt load, saddling taxpayers with hundreds of millions of dollars in interest payments and further jeopardizing the delivery of core services, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today. Despite revenues […]Continue Reading
The abrupt resignation of 4 physicians and deteriorating situation at the Slave Lake Family Care Clinic should serve as a warning to Albertans, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today. In 2012, one of three pilot Family Care Clinics was established in Slave Lake, composed of 7 physicians. Since then, the community has lost 4 of […]Continue Reading
EDMONTON, AB (March 3, 2014): Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith released the following statement on today’s Speech From the Throne: “Today’s throne speech was an opportunity for Premier Alison Redford and her PC government to hit the reset button on several fronts and lay out a positive and achievable vision for Alberta’s future. Instead, she […]Continue Reading
CHESTERMERE, AB (February 28, 2014): The Wildrose Official Opposition continues to stand with the demands of students across Alberta for the right to fair and transparent grading. Yesterday, Wildrose Education Critic Bruce McAllister applauded the Battle River School Division for reversing its decision with regard to its high-school student assessment policy. It appears the congratulations […]Continue Reading
CALGARY, AB (FEBRUARY 28, 2014): Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth made the following statement in response to the Information and Privacy Commissioner’s request that the Alberta government consider amending Alberta’s Health Information Act to include mandatory breach reporting and notification provisions. “Wildrose supports the findings of Information and Privacy Commissioner Jill Clayton to amend the […]Continue Reading
AIRDRIE, AB (February 28, 2014): Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson released the following statement today on Premier Alison Redford’s $9,200 flight from Palm Springs to Calgary: “Albertans are understandably upset about the Premier’s misuse of taxpayer dollars in flying herself and an assistant to South Africa for $45,000 when it cost her counterpart in Nova […]Continue Reading
Budget 2014: Doubling Down on Debt
Slave Lake experiment exposes flaws in Premier's family care clinic model
Throne speech doesn't deliver for Albertans
Wildrose stand with Battle River students and parents
Anderson statement on Redford's $9,200 Palm Springs flight
Team Wildrose Update
Premier Alison Redford thinks you’re ready to forgive her for wasting $45,000 on private planes and first class flights to South Africa. Post by Danielle Smith – Wildrose.
Wildrose released its 2014 budget recommendations – a blueprint for balancing the budget, paying down debt, saving for the future and prioritizing tax dollars towards core social services. Post by Danielle Smith – Wildrose.
Last February Premier Alison Redford told Albertans “I’ve made it clear that we have no more money.” But it seems that she only meant that Alberta has no more money that will benefit everyday Albertans. Post by Danielle Smith – Wildrose.
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil took the same trip to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s funeral as Alberta Premier Alison Redford. The difference: what they billed the taxpayers. Post by Danielle Smith – Wildrose.
The Alberta sunshine list is out, and it’s not pretty. Post by Danielle Smith – Wildrose.
Alison Redford and the PC government received yet another failing grade from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business for their efforts in reducing red tape for small business. Post by Danielle Smith – Wildrose.
Post by Danielle Smith – Wildrose.
While it’s important for a Premier to represent Alberta, we expect the government to respect taxpayers.
Do you remember when Premier Redford said this? Another broken promise! At this rate, Premier Redford and the PCs will have racked up $17 billion in debt by 2016. Check it out at www.albertadebtclock.ca
You’ve probably seen the PC blue and orange “Building Alberta” signs popping up all over the Alberta countryside. Those cost more than $ 1 million alone. Today, however, Wildrose revealed almost $700,000 in additional costs for this partisan ad campaign that taxpayers are paying for. TV ads, internet ads, newspaper ads and full-colour brochures – all adorned in PC party colours and all paid for by you!
Check out our Wildrose Christmas Update at http://wildro.se/1qa!
On the heels of a Speaker’s ruling yesterday that found Building Alberta brochures were sent out in contempt of the Legislature, a leaked email from a senior Premier’s Office staff member has further exposed the Building Alberta advertising… campaign as a partisan political ploy conceived by Premier Alison Redford herself. The e-mail, (which can be […]
Danielle meets the St. Martin and St. Matthew Catholic School Choirs at the Holodomor remembrance ceremony at the legislature this morning.
Yesterday Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson put forward new legislation to put an end to bloated severance packages and bonuses handed out to health and government executives by the PC government.
Today, Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson put forward new legislation to put an end to bloated severance packages and bonuses handed out to health and government executives by the PC government.
Today, Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith joined our Infrastructure and Transportation Critic Drew Barnes to release his report, A Better Way to Build Alberta.
It’s the week before Redford’s Leadership review so we shouldn’t be surprised that her right hand man Thomas Lukaszuk is trying to buy votes with a $50million funding announcement for post secondary institutions. Let’s take a look back at the PCs recent #ABPSE record: A broken election promise where a 2% increase became a cut […]
Yesterday, Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths – the Minister in charge of flood recovery - was accused of only showing up for photo ops. His response? “Where I go, cameras show up.” This is just the latest in a long line of arrogant and out of touch quotes from the Minister.
Earlier this week, a new report from the Fraser Institute showed that wait times in Alberta have never been worse, despite record spending.
Over the weekend Danielle addressed Wildrose delegates from across the province at the 2013 AGM. Watch her inspiring speech about the character of Alberta here: http://wildro.se/2013
Last night, Danielle Smith's leadership was endorsed by 90.2% of members at the Wildrose AGM in Red Deer. With such an overwhelmingly strong endorsement from party members, Danielle will lead Wildrose into the next election and hopefully into government in 2016!
With the municipal elections happening earlier this week we can’t help but remember another vote. The PC Leadership vote.
More proof that the PCs have completely mismanaged Alberta’s finances has emerged.
Remember when the PC appointed ethics commissioner told us that the $120,000 appointment of defeated Tory Minister Evan Berger to a high ranking government position was ok because “he’s within the family, the government family”?
A new Freedom of Information request reveals that emergency room wait times in Red Deer have dramatically increased since 2005 after years of PC mismanagement and the centralization of Alberta’s health care system. In 2005, 61% of patients at the Red Deer Hospital were admitted within the eight-hour wait time benchmark. In 2012, the percentage […]
This weekend, the PC government spent more of your tax dollars telling you why $17 billion in debt is a good thing. This time, it was an “economic summit” in Edmonton, hosted by Premier Alison Redford and Finance Minister Doug Horner.
Another week, another broken promise from Alison Redford and the PC government. Remember when she promised to balance the budget for 2013? It was nearly two years ago, only a few weeks after she won the PC leadership and became Premier.
The PC-dominated Heritage Fund committee is once again bragging about how they have managed the Fund, but the facts tell a different story.
Today marks both National Seniors Day and the International Day of Older Persons. In Alberta, our 425,000 seniors have made tremendous contributions to the prosperous province we call home. In 2010, there were 58,900 seniors in the Alberta workforce – a higher percentage than any other Canadian province. In 2007, 41% of all seniors participated […]
Happy #ThrowbackThursday! Remember all those promises Alison Redford made, way back when she was campaigning to be Premier and running for re-election? It may seem like a long time ago now. They all sounded so good – until she actually got into power and started breaking them. Starting this #TBT, we are going to profile […]
Remember when Alison Redford charged taxpayers $350,000 for a PC-branded propaganda mail piece, complete with the PC signature blue and orange? Well, she’s at it again. This time, she’s planting PC blue and orange road signs – with her name plastered on them – all over the Alberta countryside at your expense. Only this time, […]
On Wednesday, NDP Leader Brian Mason and Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith kicked off the #MASONvSMITH debate series at the University of Alberta in front of more than 400 students. The two leaders fiercely debated the hot topics the province faces but urged the audience to begin thinking about what Alberta will look like once the PC government is defeated!
Danielle will be joining the Scotiabank Aids Walk in Calgary on September 22nd to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and raise money to provide essential services for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in your community.
Today, Alberta Health Services announced yet another reshuffling of senior bureaucrats in an attempt to convince Albertans they are serious about improving the health care system.However, there remain no plans to decentralize away from the Superboard model and return health care delivery to local decision-makers, which is the only way to achieve true improvements to […]
Alberta families continue to pay unfair mandatory school fees each and every September. These fees have nothing to do with extracurricular activities. They’re just an additional cost families must pay just so their child can attend class. These unfair hidden taxes can cost a family with three school-aged kids upwards of $2,000. Wildrose has repeatedly […]
Today, Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith and NDP Leader Brian Mason announced a six-debate series that will take place at post-secondary campuses across Alberta in September and October.
Danielle Smith is hosting a Town Hall meeting for High River residents to discuss the aftermath of the June floods. Danielle has heard several complaints and concern about the actions of police and law enforcement agencies; specifically the forced entry into private residences and the seizure of private property such as firearms.
Today, the PC government released its first quarter fiscal update. Despite increases in energy royalties and a deflated price differential, the free spending PC government remains on pace to run a massive $5 billion cash shortfall.
Alison Redford’s PCs are at it again, this time denying funding for a long-term healing facility dedicated to helping sexual abuse victims heal and move on.
The early-bird deadline for the 2013 Wildrose AGM is fast approaching! Register today for $100 and save $50 on the registration fee! Visit http://www.wildrose.ca/agm to register.
The PC government continues to remain out of touch with Alberta families. Stephen Huggett, convicted in 2009 for possessing child pornography and arrested for new charges last week involving a seven year old girl, is living across the street from two elementary schools and a daycare in the Willow Park community in Calgary.
Yesterday, Health Minister Fred Horne announced that the Alberta government would not be able to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in inappropriate and lavish expenses by health executives before 2011.
Alberta has approved life-saving treatment for three-year-old Aleena Sadownyk!
Want #WRP swag? We have hats, keychains, bumper stickers, travel mugs, window decals, shirts and more. You could win a swag pack by simply re-newing* your Wildrose Membership during the month of August!
In today’s Washington Times, Danielle sets out the case for the Obama Administration to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and argues that delays and misinformation are harming Canada’s productive cross-border relationship with the United States.
Three-year-old Aleena Sadownyk of St. Albert has an extremely rare disease that is threatening her life.There is a treatment available but Alberta doesn't cover it, despite four other Canadian provinces that have already agreed to do so.
The PCs' out-of-whack priorities have struck again. Yesterday, Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk and several senior PC staffers posed for a photo on top of the Federal Building, currently undergoing a $350 million overhaul (at taxpayers’ expense) for new office space for PC politicians – not to mention a private rooftop garden! Meanwhile, southern Alberta residents are still piecing their lives together...
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Join us for the 2013 Wildrose K-Days BBQ on Friday, July 26th from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm.
Danielle unveiled the Wildrose 2013 Flood Preliminary Report: Rebuilding and Preparing for Future Floods. The Report provides 22 recommendations of what should have been done to better prepare for Flood 2013, how relief and recovery efforts must be improved, what should be done to help victims recover, and how the province can mitigate damage from future flooding.
Danielle will be hosting another telephone town hall this Thursday with the Insurance Bureau of Canada to take your questions on insurance and flood damage.
When #AHS was created five years ago, Albertans were promised it would save on administration costs and allow more money to make it to the front lines of the health care system. In reality, AHS has been an administrative nightmare. The Superboard’s ever-bloating bureaucracy continues to suck up hundreds of millions of dollars while front line services are being slashed.
The response to #MissionPossible2 in High River has been tremendous! So far, more than 900 people have registered to volunteer – but more are needed!
Danielle joined our Wildrose MLAs for the 2013 Wildrose Stomp in Calgary on July 3rd.
High River needs your help! Volunteers are urgently needed in High River to help residents get back into their homes. After an overwhelming response to the call for volunteers under #missionpossible in Calgary, we are calling on all who are able to start #missionpossible2 in #HighRiver.
High River needs your help today! Residents are being let back into town and volunteers are needed to assist with the cleanup. If you can lend a hand, jump in your car and head down today!
CORRECT ADDRESS BELOW: Tomorrow is the fourth annual Wildrose Stampede Stomp! Come on out to meet Danielle and other members of the Wildrose team and enjoy a free BBQ. Please note we will be accepting donations to the Red Cross for southern Alberta flood relief.
This morning, Danielle got to meet Shawn Wiebe, the Nanton firefighter photographed rescuing an elderly lady from rushing flood waters in #HighRiver with a beaming smile on his face. Just like the lady in High River, Shawn swept Danielle off her feet!
Do you have questions about flooding in High River and what it means for your family? Here are four steps you can take to get your question answered! Also, Danielle is hosting another telephone town hall meeting tonight. If you haven’t already registered to take part, please visit www.wildrose.ca/highrivertownhall to leave a number you can be reached at tonight at 8:30 p.m.
Danielle with High River flood victims. #abflood
Tonight at 8:30 p.m., Highwood MLA Danielle Smith will host a telephone town hall to update residents on flood relief efforts and answer questions. AUDIO of town halls for Monday to Tuesday can be found here.
Here’s how you can help today!
More help on the way for Pet Rescue. The RCMP will now assist in pet rescue.
UPDATE: A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED. PROBABLY 50 TRUCKS WORTH OF SUPPLIES ARRIVED THIS AFTERNOON. THAT IS ENOUGH FOR NOW! SISIKA NATION WILL NEED SOME TIME TO PROCESS EVERYTHING. --- YOU WERE WONDERFUL IN YOUR GENEROSITYCheck back daily for updates on how you can help flood relief efforts on the ground!
Danielle is helping out in a Pet Rescue near High Country Drive. If you have or know of a pet that’s stranded in High River please call or text 403-880-4842
Danielle was on Rutherford Show to talk about how floods throughout Southern Alberta have impacted her riding of Highwood and specifically High River. Can listen to the audio here: https://soundcloud.com/#teamwildrose/danielle-smith-on-the For maps and details of all emergency warnings, please go to Alberta Emergency Alert here: http://www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca/
Yesterday, Alberta Health Services reversed a policy that allowed Superboard bureaucrats to split up married seniors in long-term care by up to 100 kilometres. http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/politics/admits+mistakes+unpopular+health+car...e+policies/8544988/story.html Wildrose Seniors Critic Kerry Towle fought tirelessly to have the policy changed, citing several examples in the Legislature of married seniors forced apart by this callous policy. Towle called it "divorce by nursing home."
Alberta Health Services,under the PC government, continues to mismanage our public health care system by wasting millions on bureaucrats and cutting front-line services. Last year alone, AHS hired 350 additional middle managers. That's almost one every day!
Alberta Health Services continues to mismanage our health care system. Despite pouring billions into the health system every year, outcomes for patients continue to deteriorate as performance targets are consistently missed.
AHS awarded $3.2 million in bonuses to 99 senior executives despite repeatedly missing their performance targets on wait times and swinging the axe at front-line services and staff.
Danielle helps serve up coffee in High River to support Camp Day. To support the cause you can also donate here: http://www.timhortons.com/ca/en/difference/raise-camp-day-spirit.html
On Tuesday, Danielle attended the Foothills' Foundation Seniors Celebration and made remarks as a part of celebrating Seniors' Week!
The PC government continues to plow ahead with a major restructuring of how it supports Albertans with disabilities. The plan, announced by surprised in March, has prompted anger and protests in the disability community, with many fearing they will lose vital services.
On Sunday, Danielle made remarks at the the Tom Hornecker Recreation Centre in Nanton for the 187 Foothills Annual Inspection.
While the PC government continues to prop up a bloated bureaucracy, abrupt elimination of community access supports for PDD clients has created fear and uncertainty across the PDD community of clients, caregivers and families. Danielle joined families concerned today at the Legislature. #TooBigTooFastTooSoon
Danielle attend an Ethnic Synergy concert commemorating Nobel Prize winning author Rabrinath Tagore.
After years of missing their own performance targets on emergency room and surgical wait times, Alberta Health Services has decided it is easier to get rid of targets than to actually achieve them. Yesterday’s AHS business plan does away with key performance targets that are in place to objectively measure how the health system serves patients. While getting rid of performance targets might make ...it easier for health executives to collect huge bonuses, it is a huge blow to Alberta patients and taxpayers who need to know how their health care system is performing.
Trudeau's continued divisive and anti-Alberta rhetoric shows he's just not ready to lead the country. As the federal Conservatives have said, he's just in over his head.
Photos from the 2013 Calgary Leader's Dinner
Danielle Smith, Kerry Towle and Shayne Saskiw marched with Little Warriors to help raise awareness about child sexual abuse at the Victor Walk today.
On Wednesday, the spring session of the Alberta Legislature wrapped up, and it was another successful session for the Wildrose Official Opposition. Wildrose brought to light more examples of tax dollar abuse and held the government to account over its wasteful spending and return to debt. Here is a sample of what some are saying about Danielle Smith and the Wildrose performance in the Legislature this spring.
Calgarians gathered to celebrate Vaisakhi, the creation of the Sikh faith and culture, Danielle was there to attend.
Today, it was revealed that departing staffers from the Premier's Office have received $2.1 million in severance courtesy of Alberta taxpayers. Premier Redford isn't coming clean on who received payments or how much each individual received - another blow to her promise of running an open and accountable government.
Earlier this week the Wildrose stood with family and staff from Brooks, AB who witnessed seniors left in vomit, suffer from untreated injuries, and be served inedible food. The Wildrose ensured the government would investigate, but more wo...rk is needed to prevent elder abuse. Wildrose Seniors Critic Kerry Towle’s Bill 208 will create an independent Seniors Advocate and will guarantee that vulnerable seniors can have a voice.
Here is Danielle supporting McHappy Day (and Colt being a mooch!) before Question Period today.One dollar from every Big Mac, Happy Meal, and hot beverage you buy will be donated to Ronald McDonald Houses and other local children's charities across Canada. For more information, visit: http://www.mcdonalds.ca/ca/en/happy_meal/mchappy_day.html
On Monday, with the support of MLAs from all parties, Wildrose Culture Critic Blake Pedersen's private members' motion urging the government to restore a competitive film tax credit was passed! It is already earning high praise from stakeholders. It is now up to the government to act on the Legislature's wishes. A tax credit system, unlike a granting system, doesn’t pick winners and losers, and ...provides the same competitive advantages and opportunities for the entire film industry.
Today, Premier Redford announced she will be sending out a budget pamphlet to 1 million Alberta households at a cost to taxpayers of $300,000. But with one look at the pamphlet, it's obvious that it's nothing more than a PC party propaganda piece. See for yourself. Can you spot the difference between the PC party's election platform and the so-called budget pamphlet?
Yesterday, Premier Redford took her desperate political attacks to new lows, using a taxpayer-funded government event in a room full of school children to spread blatant misinformation about Wildrose. It was the second time this week she has taken her partisan pleas to the classroom. There is a time and place for politics, but it shouldn’t be at taxpayers’ expense in front of students.
Yesterday, Elections Alberta ruled a $430,000 contribution from a single corporate donor to the PC party during last year’s provincial election did not violate Alberta elections laws. The election-year limit on corporate donations is $30,000. Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said the ruling “created a loophole big enough to drive a billionaire through” and reiterated the Wildrose call to ban corporate and union donations.
The PC government is set to formalize a policy that will see elderly married couples in care to be torn apart form each other. It gives AHS the power to relocate seniors up to 100 kilometres away from their loved one. Read more here: http://www.calgaryherald.com/health/formalize+policy+seniors+continuing+care/8307813/story.html
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Wildrose forming Alberta’s Official Opposition we list off 12 of the Wildrose Official Opposition’s BEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS of the last year. At #1, we have justice for victims of violent crime.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Wildrose forming Alberta’s Official Opposition we list off 12 of the Wildrose Official Opposition’s BEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS of the last year. At #2, we have the Wildrose Financial Recovery Plan.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Wildrose forming Alberta's Official Opposition we list off 12 of the Wildrose Official Opposition's BEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS of the last year. At #3, we have repayment of private Mayo Clinic treatment.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Wildrose forming Alberta's Official Opposition we list off 12 of the Wildrose Official Opposition's BEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS of the last year. At #4, we have discounted hospital parking for veterans.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Wildrose forming Alberta's Official Opposition we list off 12 of the Wildrose Official Opposition's BEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS of the last year. At #5, we have faster twinning of Highway 63.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Wildrose forming Alberta’s Official Opposition we list off 12 of the Wildrose Official Opposition’s BEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS of the last year. At #6, we have stronger government expense rules.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Wildrose forming Alberta’s Official Opposition we list off 12 of the Wildrose Official Opposition’s BEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS of the last year. At #7, we have transparency in illegal contributions.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Wildrose forming Alberta’s Official Opposition we list off 12 of the Wildrose Official Opposition’s BEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS of the last year. At #8, we have ensuring parental choice in education. Wildrose led the charge to have parents recognized as paramount in the new Education Act.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Wildrose forming Alberta's Official Opposition we list off 12 of the Wildrose Official Opposition's BEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS of the last year. At #9, we have the Wildrose 10-Year Debt-Free Capital Plan - a sustainable, prioritized and innovative plan to meet Alberta's infrastructure needs *without* going into debt.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Wildrose forming Alberta's Official Opposition we list off 12 of the Wildrose Official Opposition's BEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS of the last year. At #10, we home-cooked meals for seniors in long-term care!
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Wildrose forming Alberta's Official Opposition we list off 12 of the Wildrose Official Opposition's BEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS of the last year. At #11, we have twice a week bathing for Alberta seniors in long-term care!
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Wildrose forming Alberta's Official Opposition. To mark this milestone over the next few days, we list off 12 of the Wildrose Official Opposition's BEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS of the last year. Today, we begin with the reversal on Bill 50 transmission policy.
This week, after Wildrose revealed taxpayers covered a senior health care executive's treatment at the world renowned Mayo Clinic, Wildrose MLAs showed examples of everyday Albertans denied the same type of coverage.
Health Minister Fred Horne continues to play games with drug coverage for all Albertans.
Today, the world lost a great leader. Danielle released the following statement on the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher:
Be a part of the Wildrose 2013 policy process! The 2013 Leader's Congresses are being held this month in Calgary and Edmonton. Register today at http://www.wildrose.ca/leaders-congress/ to take part!
2012 was another record-breaking year of fundraising for Wildrose! A big thank you to all our supporters.
As Albertans prepare to bid farewell to Premier Ralph Klein at a memorial in Calgary later this week, show your support and gratitude for all Ralph did for Alberta with this Facebook cover image.
Alberta Health Services is once again preparing to hand out millions in bonuses to health care executives despite their ongoing failures to meet performance targets.
Today, Danielle Smith and the Wildrose Official Opposition announced the first Wildrose Caucus Foundation donation recipient. The $25,000 donation to Little Warriors will go towards the Be Brave Ranch. a first-of-its-kind long term treatment facility for kids who have been sexually abused in Canada.
Today, Danielle and the Wildrose Official Opposition announced the Wildrose Caucus Foundation - a registered fund that will make annual charitable donations using the extra pay MLAs received as a result of last year’s 8% MLA pay hike.
Today, the Wildrose presented its Wildrose Financial Recovery Plan to get Alberta back into cash surplus by 2014.
Today, the PC government unveiled its back in debt budget. Here are some shots of Danielle and Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson talking to the media.
Ms Smith: Mr. Speaker, the political donations scandal involves more than 40 illegal donations to political parties, and then, of course, there’s the health expenses scandal, where precious health dollars are being spent on lavish dinners and car repairs. Well, now there are new revelations that bring both of these scandals together. An employee […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We’re getting hundreds of calls and e-mails about the giant pay raise that the PCs pushed through under the direction of the Premier. Now she’s uncomfortable answering questions, which is understandable. It’s pretty hard to explain how $156,000 is actually less than $145,000. Maybe they’ll get it when […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Yesterday PC MLAs voted themselves an 8 per cent pay raise for all MLAs. Now, the Deputy Premier issued a press release saying that it was a cut, but it’s not; it’s a raise. The full package makes us the second-highest paid provincial MLAs in the country. It […]
Ms Smith: On to another issue. Mr. Speaker, we’re glad to see Dr. Chris Eagle has decided to pay back some personal expenses that he incurred as head of Alberta Health Services. Now, the amounts are relatively small, and they came under AHS’s tough new expense policy, implemented last month. You have to wonder […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It seems everything this government does needs to be investigated. The latest investigation required is because of a botched prosecution of a child abuser. He is free because of an overworked, understaffed Crown prosecutor’s office – at least, that’s what a lot of people are saying – but […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The questions about undue influence on government policies around election donations and the connection to arena funding continue to linger, especially when the Premier gives conflicting statements about whether she spoke to the individuals involved in the lobbying. She initially said that it was her policy to call all […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I rise to speak in favour of the motion to defer this bill to committee, the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship. I think this goes back to a commitment that the Premier made during the leadership race. She talked about doing legislation differently. I think that she was […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The government is patting itself on the back for another consultation and, surprise, it has delivered exactly the results that they were hoping for. Another surprise is that it’s exactly the opposite of what Albertans said about debt when they were polled this summer. In that same speech I […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Chief Electoral Officer believes he is barred from releasing the results of any investigations, and the government seems to go along with that, or at least they did up until yesterday. Originally we understood the Deputy Premier said no to releasing anything about the Katz affair, but later […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. The Premier is trying to trick Albertans, but the doubling of RRSPs is no treat for taxpayers. The government proposes to double the amount of taxpayer money going to MLA RRSPs, adding $1,000 a month to MLA pay, an 8 per cent increase. Does the Premier really expect us […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Here’s another scary idea for taxpayers, the spectre of tax hikes. The Minister of Municipal Affairs has been meeting with the big-city mayors on the issue of city charters. Now, it appears that Calgary’s mayor emerged super happy with what they’ve heard so far about their quest for new […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It’s fitting that we’re sitting on Halloween because it’s getting scary out there. It looks like the government has been possessed, so we’re grateful that the Chief Electoral Officer is investigating this phenomenon. But there’s another aspect beyond donations, lobbying. The Minister of Finance has described a number of meetings […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I am pleased to rise today to address the issue of Bill 2, the Responsible Energy Development Act. Let me say that the Wildrose Official Opposition wants to support this bill. We hope that we will be able to support this bill because we welcome its intentions. We do […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Albertans are honest, forthright, and upfront. These are our core values that make us who we are, so naturally we are disappointed when the government fails to live up to those values. We were promised a new approach to accountability. It was central to the arrival of a new […]
Ms Smith: Mr. Speaker, the government appears ready to use its majority to slip through another increase in MLA pay while trying to convince Albertans that an extra thousand dollars a month is actually a decrease in compensation. No wonder these guys can’t balance the budget. They clearly want to increase MLA pay despite the […]
Ms Smith: Mr. Speaker, the Finance minister likes to compare the provincial budget to a family budget, and he’s trying to soft-pedal a $3 billion budget deficit by comparing . . . [interjections] The Speaker: Hon. members, please. The Leader of the Opposition has the floor, and I think she is abundantly familiar with most […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Since the topic of Edmonton’s downtown arena is back in the news, I thought I’d take some time to clarify where we in the Wildrose stand on this issue. The Wildrose wants Edmonton to have an arena. We like having two NHL hockey teams in our province. We like […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Well, I rise with some satisfaction to speak in favour of Bill 8, the Electric Utilities Amendment Act, 2012, a bill which is a direct response to a key recommendation of the Critical Transmission Review Committee and ensures that all future transmission line projects require complete review and approval […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’d like to thank the hon. Member for Vermilion-Lloydminster for putting forward this motion, and I will speak in favour of it, the notion of exploring options to provide “support to municipalities that experience significant local road deterioration due to heavy industry/resource truck traffic, with the goal of ensuring […]
The Acting Speaker: I now recognize the hon. Leader of the Opposition. Ms Smith: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Now, I wasn’t going to speak to this bill because I had initially thought it was just going to be a housekeeping bill. On the surface it looks reasonable. Bill 6, the Protection and Compliance Statutes Amendment Act, […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I am pleased to rise this evening to speak to Bill 1, the Workers’ Compensation Amendment Act, 2012, which would give presumptive coverage for posttraumatic stress disorder for first responders. This is the kind of bill that is easy for a member of the opposition to rise and speak […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. It is with some degree of satisfaction that I rise today to speak to Bill 3, the Education Act. I sincerely hope the third time is the charm. This is the third time this bill has been presented to this Legislature for debate. Bill 18, of course, and I […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. On October 23 I gave a member’s statement detailing some of the things that I thought the government had copied from our Wildrose platform, and I celebrated their inclusion of whistle-blower protection, which was found on page 42 of the Wildrose campaign platform. Unfortunately, I was celebrating too soon […]
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As I say, great to be back here in the Assembly, and I speak on behalf of our entire Wildrose Official Opposition when I say that it is even better to see how many Wildrose ideas have made their way onto the legislative agenda. From top to bottom, with […]
The last leg of the trip took us to Wisconsin, one of the centres of North American grassroots democracy in the last two years. As leader of a party that supports citizen-initiated referenda and recall, I was looking forward to meeting people who experienced it first hand. We arrived in Madison and had the afternoon […]
With all the furore surrounding the London Olympic trip I feel compelled to say again that we in the Wildrose do not oppose the Premier and minister going on international trips. These trips can be of great value. I am on one myself, hosted by the US State Department under their International Visitor Leadership Program, learning about […]
A picture of me with Lieutenant-Governor John Bohlinger and Teddy the Bull Moose. More on our visit further down. We left New Oreleans on Wednesday enroute to Helena, the capital city of Montana. Wednesday was spent dealing with matters at home including a caucus meeting and catching up on media calls. The two days we spent in […]
Day 11: New Orleans and that “quicksilver, slippery, intangible, mysterious connection to inspiration”
If you go to New Orleans for the Superbowl expect to see all new, clean, modern cabs, equipped with GPS systems, and mandatory English spoken by taxi drivers. We discovered this after it took forever to hail a cab in the morning: the cab driver who eventually picked us up told us these new city-imposed conditions […]
Alberta will likely never face a disaster or evacuation on par with what New Orleans experienced seven years ago with Katrina, but every single year we do face a test to our emergency response efforts. Flooding, fires, tornados, blizzards are just part of our annual reality in Alberta. The Walsh/Irvine flooding, the Slave Lake fire, the […]
The IVLP program leaves the weekends free for travel and sightseeing, so there were no meetings scheduled the last 2 days. That gave me some time to catch up on some reading and speech preparation since I have several speeches to do when I get back, including a debate on equalization with Michael Ignatieff on […]
I love this picture. I flew back to Calgary for Friday’s state memorial for former Premier Peter Lougheed. It was a terrific celebration of his life and impact on Alberta and Canadian politics. Afterward I thanked his son Stephen, who gave a tremendous tribute, for allowing us all to share in saying goodbye to a great […]
Visited the Senate to learn more about that chamber operates, and in particular, more about the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Though lots of legislatures may claim to be bicameral, the US Congress truly is. I got a lesson in how bills get generated and pass through committees and on through the Senate and House of […]
First a bit of American political trivia. My hotel is located right across the street from this famous landmark. Anyone know what it is? Answer at the end. Normally I like reading Dave Climenhaga’s blog, but his recent uncharacteristically inflammatory posting seems to demand a response. For the record, I think Climenhaga gets it right more often than […]
Briefings today with the Justice Department on privacy laws, and with scholars from the Brookings Institution and the American University on federalism and fiscal matters. The latter lead me to believe that regardless of who wins the US presidential elections, the Americans are going to continue facing serious deficit problems. For a Canadian, it is odd to see a […]
The day started with a State Department orientation. I was not surprised to learn that the security protocols to get in and out of federal buildings in Washington is just as cumbersome and security intense as in Ottawa. C’est la vie. Our briefing on Canada-US relations included a wide-ranging discussion on the Keystone pipeline approval process, the Border Action […]
Arrived in Washington, DC in the afternoon and met my host for the International Visitor Leadership Program, Josh. So what is this program? It is put on by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of International Visitors. Here’s why they do it: The Office of International Visitors manages and […]
The 3rd Annual Wildrose Stampede Stomp was a great success. Hundreds came out to celebrate the 100th Calgary Stampede