By Dave Schneider
Now that the provincial election is over, our Wildrose team is working hard to prepare for the upcoming sitting of the legislature — where we intend to hold the NDP government to account and present our ideas to promote jobs, growth and prosperity.
The new legislature session will be focused on the NDP’s mini-budget, which is called an interim supply bill, until they present the full budget in the fall.
Among the fiscal challenges facing the province, the Wildrose team is going to push to make government smaller and more efficient.
At the moment, we have the most expensive government in Canada, but we know there are measured ways to reduce the size of government without hurting front-line services. We know government should not be about dollars spent, but people served.
Twenty-one Wildrose MLAs were elected with the mandate to propose ideas to help clean up government and work on solving the difficult economic and fiscal challenges our province is facing.
Wildrose has already put out a comprehensive report with new proposals to strengthen Alberta’s legislature and democracy.
We believe we can work on these ideas with the NDP to restore trust back to public office and ensure government works on behalf of Albertans.
There are still some serious red flags in the NDP’s plan we will be searching for answers on over the coming months. We remember the economic challenges Alberta faced during the last royalty review.
During a time of low oil prices and economic uncertainty, we need to be creating a friendly environment for investment, not putting up walls.
Wildrose does not believe the government should be doing this review in the first place, but if they determine to go ahead with it, we would recommend it needs to be done quickly and transparently to prevent even more investment from fleeing the province.
As your MLA, I am excited to get into the legislature and hold the NDP to account on these issues, and make sure the voice of our community is heard.
In the provincial election, we promised to stand up for Albertans and fight for your priorities. Those priorities were balanced budgets, patient-centred health care, world-class education, strengthening democracy and building our communities.
That is exactly what we intend to do.
Albertans trusted us with a strong mandate to serve as Alberta’s Official Opposition and fight for the issues that matter most to Alberta families.
We will always remember we did not get here by ourselves, and we are not here for ourselves. We are here for the people of Alberta.
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