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QP: CORRECTING THE RECORD: PCs slip on deficits, debt and justice

EDMONTON, AB (March 14, 2013):   PC CLAIM: Responding to a question from Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith on the PCs new soft on crime policies, Justice Minister Jonathan Denis stated, “Her party has talked about less enforcement on Highway 63”

 FACT: The Wildrose report, called Getting it Done: An on-the-ground look at twinning and improving safety on Highway 63 asked for increased resources for first-responders and enforcement on Highway 63. 

PC CLAIM: Responding to a question from Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith on the fact that Alberta’s per-capita deficit is higher than Ontario’s, Premier Alison Redford said that Budget 2013, “is not a deficit or debt incurred for Albertans.” 

FACT: Websters Dictionary defines a deficit as, “an excess of expenditure over revenue.” Here are some highlights of the deficit numbers for Budget 2012 and Budget 2013:

  • $1.4 billion – Operational deficit for the current budget year, 2012-13
  • $451 million – Operational deficit for Budget 2013-14
  • $5.5 billion – Budget 2013-14 cash deficit
  • $16.9 billion – New debt before the next election

PC CLAIM: Responding to a question from Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith on the dangers of debt, Premier Alison Redford said, “By investing in infrastructure which this party has said that they will not do, but they have a list of what they would like to do but no way to pay for it.” 

FACT: The Wildrose Financial Recovery Plan outlines how the Wildrose would reduce government spending by $2.9 billion and return Alberta to a cash surplus by 2014 with a $4.02 billion investment in infrastructure this year. 

FACT: The Wildrose 10-Year Debt-Free Capital Plan would invest $48 billion in infrastructure over the next 10 years, this investment means:

  • $21.6 billion to municipalities (through Wildrose 10/10 plan);
  • $10.8 billion for the provincial highway network (Highway 63, ring roads);
  • $7.6 billion for health facilities and new equipment;
  • $3.8 billion for schools (approx. 100 new schools and 60 major modernizations); and
  • $4.2 billion for other public facilities