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NDP should outline full cost of making Albertans pay for political party campaigns

The NDP’s risky plan to provide Alberta’s political parties with millions of dollars in taxpayer funded rebates will come at a steep cost to Alberta families, and the government should be clear about how much, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.  

If the NDP rebate scheme which would provide political parties and candidates with a 50 per cent rebate of their campaign expenses had been in place during the last election, taxpayers would be handing $7,343,818.59 to Alberta’s political parties.

“I don’t know of any Albertans who think the NDP government should be dreaming up schemes to funnel millions of dollars away from citizens and into the coffers of political parties, especially during these tough economic times,” Wildrose House Leader Nathan Cooper said. “Just by proposing a risky idea like this, the NDP has shown that they’ve completely fallen out of touch with the struggles of everyday working families.”

Wildrose Shadow Justice Minister Scott Cyr said that the NDP’s plan to syphon millions of dollars out of Albertans’ pockets couldn’t have come at a worse possible time.

“It’s astounding that the NDP would think this is a good idea, especially at a time when over 100,000 Albertans have lost work, and business confidence and investment has fled our province for safer and more stable political jurisdictions,” Cyr said. “The NDP shouldn’t disguise this as something it’s not. They want Albertans to hand over millions to their political party, and they should just say it.”