December 03, 2012
PCs wrong on Wildrose budget plan, Redford misleads on Gary Mar
EDMONTON, AB (December 3, 2012): PC CLAIM: Responding to questions from Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith on the government’s failure to predict lower revenues, Finance Minister Doug Horner stated, “They accepted and endorsed this year’s revenue projections, the Wildrose pledge the party counted on a 30% revenue increase by 2016 to pay for the Dani dollars that were supposed to be out there.”
FACT: The Wildrose campaign pledge significantly lowered the projections from the Alison Wonderland budget. The campaign projection of $46,529 for 2014-15 is more than $2.5B less than the PC’s Budget 2012 projection of $49B.
PC CLAIM: Responding to a follow up question from Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith, Finance Minister Doug Horner stated, “Wildrose budget program that they put out to get their $18 billion dollar surplus now they would have to get $233 per barrel as their price for oil.”
FACT: The Wildrose Budget Plan laid out in the election, and supported by economists, used a long-term rate of increase of 5% for revenue, and 3.9% for expense, and did not project an $18B surplus until 2028.
PC CLAIM: Responding to a question from NDP Leader Brian Mason asking why Premier Alison Redford isn’t taking the same steps with herself as she did with Gary Mar when he was involved in an alleged illegal fundraiser, Redford stated, “That’s something that I wasn’t involved in.”
FACT: Redford in fact directly intervened and asked for the ethics commissioner to investigate an alleged illegal fundraiser, as the headline reads from CBC News, “Gary Mar ordered to take unpaid leave by premier”