April 09, 2012
Reality Check: The PCs Real Record On Rural Alberta
Today Alison Redford and the PCs wanted to “reaffirm” their commitment to rural Alberta. Let’s review what that means:
- Stripping land owners of their property rights and telling Albertans that government knows best when it comes to their property. (http://www.landownersagainstbills.com/ALC-Mtg%20Handout%20Package_Jan%202012.pdf)
- Slapping land owners with unnecessary red tape and burdening them with bureaucratic inefficiencies. (http://www.cfib-fcei.ca/english/article/3648-alberta-still-lags-way-behind-on-regulatory-reform.html; http://www.cfib-fcei.ca/english/article/3771-premier-s-commitment-to-red-tape-reform-weakens.html)
- Making more promises that the PCs - and Albertans - cannot afford. To date the Redford PCs have committed to spending well over $6 billion of tax payer dollars that is currently un-budgeted, meaning the only way to pay for these lavish promises is to RAISE TAXES. Then again, Redford and her PC Cabinet colleagues gave themselves 30% pay raises right after the last election, so they wouldn’t feel the same pinch in their pocketbooks that rural Albertans would.
In her speech Redford said a PC government would lead Alberta “toward greater prosperity,” but with over $6 billion in unbudgeted campaign promises and a long record of PC mismanagement, how can Albertans trust her? PCs have driven Alberta into deficit, spent more per capita than any other province in the country, and now has the highest paid Premier in Canada (note, giving herself a substantial pay raise was one of the first actions Redford took as a PC Cabinet Minister) – so, based on their record: how exactly would a Redford government lead Alberta “toward greater prosperity”? Rural Albertans know that they can count on Wildrose to stand up for what really matters to them. Wildrose recognizes how important strengthening property rights are for Alberta land owners. And Wildrose knows that land owners need to be relieved from the burden of overregulation and needless red tape. That is why Wildrose has a clear plan on how to make life easier for those in Alberta’s rural communities. A Wildrose government will:
- Repeal Bills 19, 24, 36, and 50, and halt or reverse all activities under these laws.
- Elevate the status of property rights in Alberta’s Bill of Rights and seek to enshrine property rights in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
- Ensure through these constitutional protections that land-use laws increasing ministerial power at the expense of property rights can never be passed again.
- Cut Red Tape by eliminating or amending any ineffective regulations so Alberta’s farmers and ranchers are free to prosper without the weight of government holding them back.
- Improve access to international markets for Alberta agricultural products by working with industry leaders and the federal government to open up foreign markets.
- Bring long-term stability and security to family farms by working with the federal government to introduce insurance reforms to protect Alberta farms from the effects of unpredictable and harmful weather, and to introduce tax reforms such as income-averaging trust accounts, to manage fluctuations in income and savings.
For more information on Wildrose’s commitment to Rural Alberta, please visit: http://www.wildrose.ca/commitments/commitment-to-rural-alberta/ For more details on the Wildrose Pledge, visit www.wildrose.ca/pledge. Wildrose stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom, and democracy.