CALGARY, AB (February 11, 2015): While the PC government prepares for an illegal $20 million election, and polishes off new MLA palaces with $40,000 cabinet tables and $1 million tool sheds, Premier Jim Prentice continues to undercut any office or institution designed to hold the PC government to account, Wildrose Leader Heather Forsyth said today.
Today, Prentice announced he would be forcing the Standing Committee on Legislative Affairs to reverse the decision to maintain current levels of funding for the Auditor General’s (AG) office. The PC-dominated committee has not given any members of the Wildrose Official Opposition representation on the committee.
Forsyth said these moves have less to do with saving taxpayer dollars, and more to do with under-cutting opposition and scrutiny of government performance and spending.
“Premier Jim Prentice promised to run the most ethical and transparent government in Canada, but every move he makes is designed to make the PC government less accountable,” Forsyth said. “The AG has exposed sole-sourced contracts being handed to friends of the premier’s office, layers of waste at the Sky Palace and partisan use of taxpayer funded aircraft by PC politicians. The amount of money saved and the amount of waste exposed by this office far exceeds the amount saved by these short-sighted decisions.”
The move comes after pulling resources from the Child and Youth Advocate office whose mandate expanded to investigate more deaths of children in care.
“This is just more of the same from the PC government: making petty funding reductions to the AG and Child and Youth Advocate office, while hundreds of millions are being wasted on unnecessary elections, perks for PC insiders and corporate welfare handouts,” Forsyth said. “Albertans deserve leadership focused on real priorities, not more political games coming out of the premier’s office.”