Earlier this week, the Redford PCs’ spending spree hit $7 billion when they promised $650 million to post-secondary schools in Alberta, which was in addition to the $2.4 billion they promised the week prior for schools. After the Canadian Taxpayers Federation released a document charging the Redford PCs for making lavish, and unrealistic campaign promises, the PCs quickly amended their plan saying that these education-related announcements were contingent upon drawing a surplus (http://taxpayer.com/sites/default/files/fullpcaaplatformcosting.pdf ).
Now, only days later, the PCs seem to have flip-flopped back to their original plan as per an email from Jessica Chawrun, PC Alberta Communications Manager, in response to a question from an Alberta student:
-----Original message----- From: Jessica Chawrun email@example.com> To: XXXXX Sent: 2012 Apr, Thu, 12 15:00:14 MDT Subject: RE: New schools and upgrading Hi XXXXX, Thank you for your comment and question regarding our new schools and upgrading campaign promise. I can assure you that this is a promise we are committed to regardless if we have surplus' in the next four years. Again thank you for taking the time to connect with us. Sincerely, Jessica Chawrun PC Alberta Communications Manager
So, what is it? Will the Redford PCs finally be straight with Albertans? Because the only thing that rings true in this scenario is that the Redford PCs don’t understand their own fiscal plan. They’re just making it up as they go along. Wildrose stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom, and democracy. - 30-