Today’s Throne Speech shows the NDP government is willing to put ideology over common sense, and does little to address the serious concerns that Albertans have about the economy, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
The Throne Speech outlined the NDP government’s intention to punish families from every corner of the province with a new $3 billion carbon tax, damage business confidence with higher taxes, and maintain several other harmful NDP policies that create red tape and steer away investment.
“The NDP government has lost sight of the principle that when the economy is hurting, government should do no further harm,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “While no government can control the price of oil, Wildrose has continually urged the NDP government to provide the right conditions to support investment in our province, not chase it away. At a time when 100,000 Albertans have lost work, we need solutions, not rhetoric.”
The Throne Speech failed to clarify what the NDP government will do with its jobs subsidy program, which has created zero jobs.
Outside of a positive step to address compensation practices at Alberta’s Agencies, Boards and Commissions, the Throne Speech failed to grasp the urgent need to get a handle on the rising deficit and record borrowing.
“Albertans are worried and they want reassurance that the government has their back, but the NDP's policies do not deliver,” Jean said. “The fact is, we are already seeing the impact many NDP policies are having on Alberta like mounting job loss. This, on top of a soaring deficit.”
Wildrose will be focusing this session on releasing positive, alternative solutions to get Albertans working again, including a reduction in small business taxes, generating skills training opportunities, and providing stability for the energy sector.