At a Calgary Herald Editorial Board meeting today, Redford made false comments about Wildrose policy. She wrongly said that "the Wildrose promise to explore options such as a provincial police force to replace the RCMP and a provincial Alberta Pension Plan to replace the Canada Pension Plan."
(http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Alberta+Election+2012+Redford+accuses+Wildrose+having+small+Alberta+vision/6473537/story.html#ixzz1sL6t4VKv) Here are the facts: PC claim: That Wildrose does not support the RCMP. FACT: Wildrose's Alternative Budget (http://archive.wildrose.ca/media/2012/02/Wildrose-Balanced-Budget-Alternative-2012.pdf) calls for the hiring more police- in all forces, including the RCMP - and is committed to honoring the 20 year contract currently in place. FACT: Nowhere does the Wildrose policy book suggest that Wildrose is even considering replacing the RCMP, and we have no plans to do so. FACT: Ted Morton, PC Minister for Energy, has called for Alberta to have its own police force for a number of years. "While I have a great deal of respect for the RCMP, I think that Albertans will receive more effective law enforcement from a police force that reports to Edmonton rather than Regina and Ottawa," said Morton. http://www.rcmpwatch.com/alberta-needs-own-cops-morton-says/ "In communities I represent, parents are concerned that the RCMP too often leaves local dealers on the street in their attempt to arrest sources higher up the supply chain," said Morton.” http://www.rcmpwatch.com/alberta-needs-own-cops-morton-says/ "Citing concern for what he called a lack of response, leadership contender Ted Morton said that Alberta should establish its own provincial force when the RCMP's contract expires in 2012." (http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/cityplus/story.html?id=2757db99- c7bd-4956-a816-5ade5a0fd5f7) FACT: Wildrose very much values the great service and sacrifice all men and women in uniform provide, including the RCMP. PC claim: Exploring whether a provincial pension plan would in fact produce a greater return for older Albertans is wrong. FACT: Wildrose is committed to always putting Albertans first. If this means that a provincial plan is the best way to ensure older Albertans have better returns and provide stability to those still in the workforce, then of course Wildrose will consider it (http://www.wildrose.ca/press-releases/reality-check-pcs-wrong-on-the-cpp/). Wildrose stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom, and democracy.