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QP: CORRECTING THE RECORD: PCs wrong on Wildrose plan, justice issues

EDMONTON, AB (March 18, 2013):   PC CLAIM: Responding to a question from Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith on the dangers of new debt, Finance Minister Doug Horner said, “They [the Wildrose] don’t show us where they’re going to cut $3 billion.” 

FACT: On the Executive Summary page, the Wildrose Financial Recovery Plan lays out 25 recommendations to reduce government spending by $2.9 billion and return Alberta to a cash surplus by 2014. 

PC CLAIM: Responding to a question from Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith on the reality that the government has no realistic plan to pay back $17 billion dollars in debt, Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk said, “If they want to do it [infrastructure] in 30 years, tell Albertans that’s how they want to do it.” 

FACT: The Wildrose 10-Year Debt-Free Capital Plan would invest $48 billion in infrastructure over the next 10 years, a massive investment that would build the infrastructure Alberta needs.  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

PC CLAIM: Responding to a question from Wildrose Justice Critic Shayne Saskiw on the government’s new soft on crime policies, Justice Minister Jonathan Denis said that the Wildrose wants “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.