CALGARY, AB (October 24, 2014): Today Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith presented voters in Calgary and Edmonton with the clear choice they have on Monday, Oct. 27. They can vote for more of the same from the Prentice PCs or they can vote for a new generation of leadership by voting Wildrose.
“Over the course of this campaign, it’s been made abundantly clear that the PCs under Premier Jim Prentice are just more of the same,” Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said. “Albertans have an opportunity on Monday to send the PCs a message that there is a new generation of leaders ready to serve for all the right reasons.”
Voters in Calgary-West, Calgary-Foothills, Calgary-Elbow and Edmonton-Whitemud head to the polls in by-elections on Monday.
When he won the PC leadership, Prentice said “We will ask Albertans to judge the new Progressive Conservative government not on our words, not on our promises, but by the actions we have taken, the progress we have made and the integrity that we have displayed.”
Here are some examples of Prentice’s actions taken, progress made and integrity displayed:
- Appointed two unelected ministers to the top positions in his cabinet;
- Re-appointed 15 Redford-era ministers to his inner circle;
- Re-appointed the two SkyPalace ministers to his cabinet;
- Created top-paying public service jobs for his friends, including his campaign co-chair, despite saying that such positions should be based on merit not political connections;
- Refused to keep promise to roll back pay raise and reinstitute pay freeze for senior government managers and political appointees;
- Used government resources to make several campaign-style election promises;
- Refused to reimburse taxpayers for over $102,000 in illegal donations to the PC party; and
- Declined to participate in all-candidate forums and defend the PC government’s record.
In contrast, Wildrose has put forward a number of policies that put Albertans first and will restore public trust in the provincial government such as:
- Investing $2 billion over four years to modernize and build the neighbourhood schools that are so desperately needed and putting an end to mandatory school fees;
- Rolling back expensive pay raises and capping lavish severance and bonus payouts for top level public servants;
- Investing $200 million to help address the wait time and bed shortage crisis;
- Implementing policies that will help ensure that older Albertans receive the quality care they need; and
- Rescinding the PC-enforced MLA pay raise and turning over those dollars to Alberta charities via the Wildrose Caucus Foundation.
“In this campaign, Wildrose has put forward an achievable plan to address Albertans’ priorities that won’t break the bank or put us deeper in debt,” Smith said. “The PCs, on the other hand, spent the campaign recycling past promises and making partisan campaign announcement using taxpayer dollars. The choice on Monday is clear: More of the same or a new generation of leadership.”