EDMONTON, AB (February 7, 2012): With no indication from the government that it will start controlling its spending, today’s Speech From the Throne made clear to Albertans that taxes will soon be on the rise, the Wildrose Caucus said today. Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said after repeated allusions to tax hikes over the past several weeks, Premier Alison Redford's Throne Speech indicated Albertans are in for an income tax hike.
“Ms. Redford has no real desire to reduce spending so her only option is to raise taxes,” Smith said. “Her government has talked about a Provincial Sales Tax and bringing back health premiums. Now she's suggesting raising income taxes are next. The Wildrose is the only party in Alberta that isn't proposing tax hikes for Alberta families and businesses." The Throne Speech made only a passing and vague mention of balancing the budget and no measures to eliminate the deficit, Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson said. “This government continues to ignore the consequences of continued overspending," Anderson said. "Families and businesses know what happens when they spend more money than they take in - they fail. The PCs just don't get it. It's time for a government that does." ON HEALTH INQUIRY “Albertans have lost faith in this government’s record on health care after failing to take real action to improve our health care system,” Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth said. “Doctors, nurses and the health professionals in this province want a government that is ready to take action and call a fully independent judge-led inquiry that will finally diagnose the ailing problems that exist within our system.” ON LANDOWNERS RIGHTS “The Property Rights Task Force has been nothing more than a farce for landowners who have watched as the PCs passed legislation that trampled on their rights,” Wildrose Deputy Leader Paul Hinman said. “Landowners and Albertans know what they want the government to do - repeal Bills 19, 24, 36, and 50 immediately. However, the Throne Speech gave no indication the government will do what landowners have been asking for." ON POWER CONSUMERS “Power bills continue to go up for Alberta families and small business and this government still refuses to take action,” Hinman said. “The Throne Speech was an ideal opportunity for this government to show that it is listening and that it has a plan to help lower power bills for Albertans. Instead, they continue to ignore the issue while families and businesses pay more.” The Wildrose Caucus stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom and democracy.