CALGARY, AB (MARCH 29, 2012): Today the federal budget confirmed $5.2 billion less in government spending over the next three years. It also committed the Government of Canada to reducing regulatory red tape, particularly with regards to the natural resource sector. For instance, the review process for major resource projects, like the Northern Gateway Pipeline, will be capped at 24 months.
More good news for Alberta is the announcement to bring the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in line with labour market demands. “It is great to see the Harper Government lead by example and cut billions in wasteful government spending. This demonstrates more respect for tax payer dollars and is a move in the right direction,” said Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith. “The commitment to cutting red tape is particularly good news for Alberta’s energy sector and means more jobs and investment opportunities.” On Tuesday Smith announced the Wildrose Pledge: Balanced Budget and Savings Act. This was the first Wildrose platform announcement because it is the first step to getting the Redford PCs’ over-spending under control. “I am pleased to see the federal government introduce a budget that restrains wasteful government spending and reduces unnecessary levels of bureaucracy,” said Smith. “Like Wildrose’s Balanced Budget and Savings Act, the federal budget is a clear plan on how to get the public books back in order.” Wildrose stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom, and democracy.