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Fildebrandt challenges Campbell to debate Wildrose vs. PC fiscal plans

CALGARY, AB (April 19, 2015): Today, Strathmore-Brooks Wildrose candidate Derek Fildebrandt challenged Finance Minister and West-Yellowhead PC candidate Robin Campbell to debate their respective parties’ fiscal plans.

Fildebrandt, the former Alberta director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, says a debate will set the record straight on PC misinformation about Wildrose plans and give Albertans a clearer picture of which party has the best and most responsible fiscal plan going forward.

“The PCs are running scared and have resorted to typical fear tactics and misinformation about the Wildrose fiscal plan,” Fildebrandt said. “The fact is we have the most detailed fiscal plan of any opposition party in Canada that has been carefully researched and fully costed. I will put our  responsible fiscal plan of balanced budgets and slashing waste against Mr. Campbell’s debt-ridden and tax-heavy approach any day of the week. I look forward to Mr. Campbell accepting our challenge.”

The Wildrose fiscal plan is simple: to reverse the Prentice PC tax hikes and shrink the size of government by $3.5 billion. 

Wildrose and Fildebrandt propose the following format:

Opening Statements:

Two minutes each

Topics [one-minute statements followed by two minutes of back and forth]: 

  • Budgeting philosophy
  • Taxation
  • Debt
  • Infrastructure spending
  • Heritage Fund
  • Jobs and economic growth 

Closing Statements:

 One minute each 

“The choice before Albertans in this election is an important one. They can choose a responsible approach founded on low taxes and lean government, or they can choose mounting debt, higher taxes, and more government waste,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “I’m confident that after this debate, the choice will be an easy one.”