April 05, 2012

Reality Check: The Real PC Record On Schools

The Redford PCs are no strangers to making lavish promises, failing to follow through, and employing intimidation tactics - even when it comes to parents and teachers. On infrastructure, the PC record is full of promises of new infrastructure being made over and over again with no results. 

 Just ask the residents of Fort McMurray where seniors are still waiting for ground to be broken on a new long-term care facility and the twinning of Highway 63 to be completed (http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3401108), or talk to the people in Sherwood Park who are still waiting for their new hospital to be built.  (http://www.edmontonjournal.com/opinion/Promises+deliveries/6390520/story.html) Across Alberta, communities are waiting on infrastructure promised by the PCs during the last election, or the election before that, or the election before that. In the past few days we have heard of even more lavish infrastructure promises, from schools to health clinics, from the Redford PCs. Based on their shabby record, how can Albertans trust them to follow through? Furthermore, they refuse to reveal their priority list for new schools, and based on their record, it seems safe to assume the Redford PCs will only direct investments to communities who don’t question their actions - or lack thereof. Does this seem harsh? Does it sound like a clear violation of the trust taxpayers afford the PC government? Wildrose thinks so too. Let’s review how the Redford PCs have made this all too clear: On February 9, 2012 former cabinet minister and PC MLA Hector Goudreau sent a threatening letter to the Grimshaw School Board.  In the letter Goudreau warns the school board, “…to be cautious as to how you approach future communications as your comments could be upsetting to some individuals. This could delay a decision on a new school.” (http://www.scribd.com/doc/83549594/Turpin-Letter) On March 19,  2012 just a month after distancing himself from Goudreau’s letter, Thomas Lukaszuk, PC Minister of Education continues the PC intimidation tactic by telling parents in Airdrie to ask their local Wildrose MLA Rob Anderson “not to oppose” his plan to borrow money to fund infrastructure if they want more classroom space for students. (www.rockyviewweekly.com/article/20120326/RVW0806/303269974/-1/RVW08/airdrie-parents-not-pleased-with-ministers-comment). It’s clear that the Redford PCs have run out of ideas and will say anything to get re-elected. Wildrose stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom, and democracy.


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