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Wildrose led the way during the fall session

EDMONTON, AB(December 6, 2012): While an out-of-touch PC government was mired in scandals of illegal donations and serious cases of conflicts-of-interest, the Wildrose Official Opposition led debate in the house, worked constructively with other opposition parties, and introduced and advocated for more than 100 amendments to improve legislation and put Albertans first.  

Throughout the session, while the PC government was adding to its $3 billion dollar deficit and getting caught in a myriad of ethics scandals hitting the Premier’s office, the Wildrose Official Opposition carried a total of 61% of the debate in the house compared to only 16% for PC MLAs, with one PC MLA, Yvonne Fritz, failing to speak in the house even once.  On total hours spent putting forward meaningful solutions on government legislation, the Wildrose spoke for 57 hours debating bills, while PC MLAs spoke for only 14 hours. Grand Totals (Up to December 5, 2012)  

On Bills Words Percentage Minutes Hours
PC 132,129 15.66 880.46 14.41
WR 513,411 60.87 3422.74 57.40
LIB 88,030 10.43 586.87 9.47
NDP 109,933 13.03 732.89 12.13

“Albertans voted in a strong Official Opposition to expose ongoing scandals under Ms. Redford’s government and to ensure that Wildrose MLAs hold the PCs accountable for their waste and mismanagement,” Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith said.  “Our Wildrose team led the way debating meaningful policy and proposing solutions that put Albertans first, while Ms. Redford and her PC government continue to lead the province in the wrong direction.”  Over the 93 hours of debate, the PCs unanimously rejected more than 100 opposition amendments, half of which were positive ideas put forward by the Wildrose including: 

The Wildrose Official Opposition in Question Period also held the government to account by asking over 190 questions focused on ethics, electoral reform, health, finances, seniors and education.  Number of Questions Asked by Topic  (Up to December 5, 2012)  

ETHICS - 33 HEALTH - 31 ELECTION FINANCE/ILLEGAL  - 20 DONATIONS  FINANCE - 15
VICTIMS OF CRIME  - 14 INF/TRANS -14 SENIORS -13 EDUCATION - 9
MLA PAY - 8 ENVIRO/SRD - 8 UTILITIES - 7 CONSTIT ISSUES -5
ENERGY - 5 GOVT RELATIONS  - 4 CULTURE - 3 SOCIAL SUPPORT - 3
WHISTLEBLOWER - 2 MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS - 1 ADVANCED ED - 1 TOTAL - 196

  “The Wildrose heard loud and clear from Albertans that they want solutions to balance the budget, improve health care and education and to put an end to the PC culture of corruption and entitlement,” Smith said. “Throughout this session and over the next three years, Albertans can expect the Wildrose to fight for their interests every day and provide a positive forward-looking alternative to a tired and out-of-touch PC government.”  Following through on an election promise, Wildrose MLAs exercised their free-vote policy throughout the session, while the PCs continued to toe the party line on every vote.  “We know the role of MLAs is to listen to their constituents and thoughtfully consider every piece of legislation that comes through the house,” Smith said.  “Our Wildrose team is committed to listening to Albertans and implementing true and meaningful democratic reform.” 

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BACKGROUNDER Totals of speaking occurrences by MLAs in the House 

Smith  

249

Anderson  

192

Anglin  

189

Horne  

164

Hancock  

160

Denis  

152

Lukaszuk  

152

Saskiw  

133

Mason  

132

Horner  

131

Blakeman  

127

Towle  

126

Hehr  

124

Forsyth  

111

Johnson, J  

109

Eggen  

107

Bilous  

97

Donovan  

95

Sherman  

95

Hale  

90

Notley  

90

Swann  

89

Wilson  

88

Hughes  

86

Fox  

85

McIver  

84

Redford  

78

Bikman  

59

McAllister  

59

McQueen  

57

Scott  

57

Dorward  

50

Barnes  

48

Rowe  

48

Fraser  

45

Kennedy-Glans

45

Khan  

44

Strankman  

44

Olson  

42

Fenske  

40

Griffiths  

40

Kang  

40

Olesen  

38

Luan  

36

Pedersen  

36

Sarich  

34

Young  

34

Casey  

32

Jeneroux  

31

Lemke  

31

Johnson, L  

30

Kubinec  

30

Starke  

30

Vanderburg  

30

Oberle  

29

Bhullar  

25

Jansen  

25

Quest  

25

Jablonski  

24

Cusanelli  

22

Drysdale  

22

Quadri  

22

Klimchuk  

21

Pastoor  

21

Rogers  

21

Allen  

19

Stier  

19

Weadick  

19

Dallas  

18

McDonald  

18

Calahasen  

17

Brown  

16

Leskiw  

16

Bhardwaj  

15

DeLong  

15

Goudreau  

15

Webber  

15

Campbell  

14

Xiao  

14

Sandhu  

8

Woo-Paw  

8

Fawcett  

7

Amery  

6

Rodney  

6

Cao  

5

Fritz  

0

Zwozdesky (Speaker)  

0