In yet another misstep, the Alison Redford PC campaign - presumably accidently - sent their internal, irrational talking points to Alberta journalists regarding the Alberta Energy Dividend. Wildrose would like to take this opportunity to correct the record. Here is the Reality Check: PC Talking Point: In another “Back to the Future” moment, (Wildrose Leader) Danielle Smith has promised to buy back support from Albertans with her “Danielle’s Dollars.”
FACT: Wildrose believes that Albertans can spend their own money better than government. That is precisely why we announced the Balanced Budget and Savings Act, and the Alberta Energy Dividend -- to put more money back in the pockets of Albertans instead of government coffers. These dividends are particularly important for seniors, young families, and those on fixed or limited incomes because they are tax-free. Dividends will only be paid out when a surplus is generated.
PC Talking Point: This is what happens when you put blind ideology ahead of real life experience.
FACT: If not spending Albertans’ hard-earned tax dollars on corporate welfare programs, MLA pay raises, and new offices is “putting blind ideology ahead of real life experience,” then the Alison Redford PCs are even more out of touch than we thought.
PC Talking Point: It is clear that Danielle Smith’s priorities are cut health care, education and infrastructure investment to grow the Heritage Savings Trust Fund and send Albertans $300 cheques.
FACT: The Wildrose Balanced Budget and Savings Act prioritizes funding on hiring more front-line employees such as nurses, teachers, and special needs assistants. Funding for the Alberta Energy Dividend will only be directed from 20% of provincial surpluses. FACT: The PCs have squandered Alberta’s Heritage Fund. Due to their mismanagement it is worth less today than it was when Peter Lougheed started it. Wildrose has an affordable, clear plan of how to grow the Heritage Fund without infringing on frontline services.
PC Talking Point: So it means enormous cuts to health care, education, infrastructure and social service – thousands of teachers, thousands of nurses, thousands of doctors, thousands of public servants. Are we to believe Albertans will be happy with a couple of hundred dollars in exchange for private health care and fewer services?
FACT: The Wildrose Balanced Budget and Savings Act prioritizes funding on hiring more front-line employees such as nurses, teachers, and special needs assistants. Wildrose proposes increases to operational spending every year, and health and education will always be the priority. Funding for the Alberta Energy Dividend will only be directed from 20% of provincial surpluses - it will not affect annual program spending at all.
PC Talking Point: Between this announcement, a $200B Heritage Fund, and legislation banning deficits – the numbers don’t add up.
FACT: As surpluses grow due to spending restraint, 50% of surplus will go to restoring our Heritage Fund, 20% to Albertans through the Alberta Energy Dividend, and 10% to municipalities. FACT: Funds will only be distributed to the Energy Dividend after the budget is balanced. Once the budget is balanced 20% of all surplus funds will be put towards the Dividend. This will ensure future governments will not be tempted to spend surplus revenues on corporate welfare and other pet projects like the PC $2 billion carbon capture boondoggle.