March 10, 2015
Reality Check: Prentice off base on PC record on finances and schools
EDMONTON, AB (March 10, 2015): Premier Jim Prentice opened up the spring session once again attempting to mislead Albertans about the government’s record on finances and building schools
“Mr. Speaker in light of the financial circumstances, circumstances that are without parallel in a generation, with a $7 billion shortfall this year.”
In 2013, Premier Alison Redford warned of a $6 billion revenue drop, “that’s cutting deeply into Alberta’s bottom line.”
In 2008, the price of WTI dropped to below $55 oil, dropping an anticipated $8.5 billion surplus to a $4.6 billion deficit.
The reality is, Premier Jim Prentice is threatening the biggest tax increase in Alberta history while failing to make common sense reductions like ending over $1 billion in corporate welfare payouts. The government can’t be expected to call an election every time the price of oil and gas goes up and down.
“It takes over three-and-a-half years to construct a school.”
Infrastructure Minister Manmeet Bhullar said, “it takes 12 to 18 months to erect an elementary school.”
Out of the 120 school projects announced in 2012, only one school has been built.
Out of the 77 schools announced by Premier Jim Prentice in October, 0 schools are in construction.
Once again, the PC government is promising big on schools, but failing to deliver.