Strathcona hospital bait-and-switch reaffirms need for transparency

April 17th, 2014
EDMONTON, AB (April 17, 2014): The PC government should immediately publish a full, public and prioritized infrastructure list to avoid the appearance of political decision making in infrastructure, following its decision to hold off on building Phase 2 of the Strathcona Community Hospital, Wildrose Infrastructure Critic Drew Barnes said today. Since 2010, the PCs have […]

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SIS assessments demeaning to vulnerable Albertans: Towle

April 17th, 2014
EDMONTON, AB (April 17, 2014): The questions asked of Persons with Developmental Disabilities clients to determine their level of provincial assistance are personally humiliating and need to be changed to show more respect, Wildrose Human Services Critic Kerry Towle said today. The Supports Intensity Scale assessment interviews, which have recently come under some scrutiny after […]

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Anderson statement on public pension legislation

April 17th, 2014
EDMONTON, AB (April 17, 2014): Today, Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson  released the following statement on Bill 9, the Public Sector Pension Plans Amendment Act, which threatens existing public pension benefits for hard working Albertans across the province: “As usual, the PC government’s standard operating procedure on labour relations issues is that of bullying instead […]

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AHS spent $1 billion in sole-source contracts

April 15th, 2014
EDMONTON, AB (April 15, 2014): Alberta Health Services doled out nearly $1 billion in untendered contracts over a two year period, the Wildrose Official Opposition revealed today. According to documents obtained through Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) legislation, AHS sole-sourced 1,275 contracts worth just over $990 million between January 2011 and January […]

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Fix our math curriculum before another year is lost

April 14th, 2014
EDMONTON, AB (April 14, 2014): Education Minister Jeff Johnson should listen to the growing chorus of parents, teachers and experts telling him to fix Alberta’s math curriculum before the start of the next school year, Wildrose Education Critic Bruce McAllister said today. On Saturday, McAllister joined hundreds of concerned parents and teachers who rallied on […]

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Smith statement on discrimination in schools

April 14th, 2014
EDMONTON, AB (April 14, 2014): Today, Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith released the following statement on discriminatory practices in Alberta’s publicly funded education system: “There is absolutely no room in Alberta’s publicly funded education system for policies that infringe on individual rights enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the equality guaranteed under the Alberta […]

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Sell the government air fleet

April 14th, 2014
EDMONTON, AB (April 14, 2014): Following revelations of further government plane abuse by PC MLAs, the Wildrose Official Opposition is today calling on the PC government to sell off the Government of Alberta executive air fleet. Earlier today, the CBC reported that former Premier Alison Redford used Government of Albert aircraft on multiple occasions for […]

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McAllister statement on upcoming math rally

April 11th, 2014
EDMONTON, AB (April 11, 2014): Today, Wildrose Education Critic Bruce McAllister released the following statement about the upcoming “Back to Basics” math rally at the Alberta Legislature Building. “On Saturday, April 12, I will join a group of concerned parents and teachers at the Alberta Legislature Building to rally for positive changes to Alberta’s K-12 […]

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Barnes introduces Bill 204 to enhance information access and MLA representation

April 11th, 2014
MEDICINE HAT, AB (April 11, 2014): On Monday, Wildrose Infrastructure Critic Drew Barnes’ private member’s Bill 204, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (MLA Public Interest Fee Waiver) Amendment Act, will be debated in the Alberta Legislature with the goal of enhancing information access and MLA representation. Currently, the provincial government can charge […]

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Traffic court changes compromise civil liberties

April 10th, 2014
EDMONTON, AB (April 10, 2014): Justice Minister Jonathan Denis’ proposed changes to Alberta’s traffic court system would take away Albertans’ basic rights and hurt access to fair and equal justice, Wildrose Justice Critic Shayne Saskiw said today. Recently, Alberta Justice released a document titled “Alberta’s Traffic Court Reform Initiative,” detailing a series of proposed changes […]

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Senior health exec gets untendered consulting contract the day after leaving AHS

April 9th, 2014
EDMONTON, AB (April 9, 2014): Health Minister Fred Horne must explain how a senior health executive received an untendered consulting contract worth more than $250,0000 from Alberta Health Services the day after she left AHS, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today. Yesterday, Wildrose revealed AHS spent $250 million on outside consultants between April 2012 and […]

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AHS doled out $250 million in consulting contracts in 18 months

April 8th, 2014
EDMONTON, AB (April 8, 2014): Alberta Health Services spent nearly $250 million on outside consultants for services such as communications advice and executive coaching in an 18-month period between 2012 and 2013, the Wildrose Official Opposition revealed today. According to data obtained through Freedom of Information legislation, AHS doled out $248.8 million in more than […]

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Smith statement on Quebec election

April 7th, 2014
EDMONTON, AB (April 7, 2014): Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith released the following statement on tonight’s election result in Quebec: “Au nom de Wildrose, l’opposition officielle de l’Alberta, je tiens à féliciter le nouveau premier ministre élu du Québec, monsieur Philippe Couillard. Les albertains se réjouissent de constater qu’une bonne majorité des québécois et […]

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Soft-on-crime priorities are wrong for Alberta: Saskiw

April 7th, 2014
EDMONTON, AB (April 7, 2014): Justice Minister Jonathan Denis’ soft-on-crime policies continue to put victims of crime at risk, Wildrose Justice Critic Shayne Saskiw said today. Last week, Denis cancelled a project that placed an ankle bracelet with a tracking device on criminals convicted of domestic abuse who are under direct orders to avoid contact […]

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PC cabinet approved Premier's office hires: Smith

April 7th, 2014
EDMONTON, AB (April 7, 2014): PC cabinet ministers approved the hires of former Premier Alison Redford’s senior staff and are directly responsible for the outrageous salaries and severance they collected from Alberta taxpayers, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today. Last week, it was revealed that nine departing Redford staffers received $1.3 million in severance and […]

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PCs wasting millions on overpaid communications staff

April 3rd, 2014
AIRDRIE, AB (April 3, 2014): The PC government continues to waste taxpayer dollars on unnecessary and overpaid communications staffers, Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson said today. Earlier today, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation revealed the PC government employs 214 full-time communications staffers across all government departments at a total cost to taxpayers of $23 million. According […]

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Forsyth statement on lung cancer treatment failure

April 2nd, 2014
CALGARY, AB (April 2, 2014): Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth released the following statement in response to a Canadian Institute of Health Information report that shows Alberta has the worst wait times in the country for lung cancer treatment: “The data published in the CIHI report is proof of another PC  government failure in health […]

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Disclose assets stored in top secret PC slush fund, collapse account

April 2nd, 2014
CALGARY, AB (April 2, 2014): The Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta must disclose exactly how much money they have stored in a top secret trust fund they’ve been using to fund their election campaigns, operating expenses and debt for decades, Wildrose MLA Jeff Wilson said today. A news report Tuesday showed the PCs have maintained […]

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#Skypalace: Anderson calls for RCMP investigation into potential illegal breaches of trust

April 1st, 2014
AIRDRIE, AB (April 1, 2014): Today, Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson, called on the PC government to request an immediate RCMP investigation into whether any government MLA, cabinet minister, or other public official committed a breach of trust under the criminal code or broke other federal and provincial laws by subverting legal government approval processes […]

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Danielle Smith announces her bid for leadership of the PC Party

April 1st, 2014
HIGH RIVER, AB (April 1, 2014): Amid tepid and ambiguous leadership musings from several scandal-plagued PC cabinet ministers, Danielle Smith today announced her candidacy for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta. Smith, a lobbyist-turned journalist-turned school board trustee-turned pundit-turned advocate-turned politician-turned progressive, becomes the second declared candidate for the race that will […]

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