EDMONTON, AB (March 11, 2013): PC CLAIM: Responding to a question from Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith on what the true deficit number is for the 2013-14 budget, Premier Alison Redford replied by failing to give an answer and said that, “For the first time in 25 years we have a savings account.”
FACT: The Sustainability Fund is now almost completely gone after draining it from its $17 billion total from just five short years ago. Budget 2013 takes $2 billion dollars out of the province’s savings account.
PC CLAIM: Responding to a question from Wildrose Infrastructure and Transportation Critic why the government blocked a FOIP that would release the data of the government’s infrastructure priority list, Infrastructure Minister Wayne Drysdale stated, “The list is posted on our website. I’ve gone there and checked - it’s there.”
FACT: There is no transparent, priority list that is online that indicates which projects, for which Alberta communities will be built, and when Albertans can expect projects in their communities to be completed.
PC CLAIM: Responding to a question from Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forysth on a broken promise from the government on the construction of a new hospital in Whitecourt, Seniors Minister George Vanderburg said, “I’m sure the $5 million dollars will address that so the following year we can put the money in the budget so we can build it.”
FACT: There is no money allocated in the budget for the third year of the plan, further none of this money will go towards an actual building. During the 2012 election, Premier Alison Redford made a commitment to the voters in Whitecourt that a new hospital building would be a part of their three year capital plan.
PC CLAIM: Responding to a question from Wildrose MLA Shayne Saskiw on the danger of moving life-saving Medevac services from Edmonton City Centre to Edmonton International, Health Minister Fred Horne stated, “This government has accepted all 18 recommendations and is moving forward on implementing all 18 recommendations.”
FACT: The government has yet to implement all the recommendations of the Health Quality Council report or indicate that they will be implemented soon. They have not built the overpass onto Highway 2, they have yet to dedicate an ambulance lane on the QEII highway, they have not synchronized the traffic light s in Edmonton, and they have not standardized the IV and monitoring equipment between fixed wing, stars and ground ambulances.