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September 19, 2018

NDP policies threatening Calgary’s Heritage Park

United Conservative Economic Development and Jobs Critic and MLA for Calgary-Fish Creek Richard Gotfried has issued the following statement regarding news that sustainable operations of Calgary’s Heritage Park is up in the air:

“Alberta’s United Conservatives have repeatedly warned that the NDP’s ill-advised, ideologically driven policies are inflicting damage on business, and our communities. We have seen community and recreation centres, non-profit societies, school boards and municipalities forced to scale back service in response to the impact of the carbon tax. Seniors centres have been deeply impacted, and faced operational cutbacks because of the financial realities of a punitive carbon tax.

“Now we learn that the citizens and City of Calgary faces a stark decision about their beloved Heritage Park, which is facing the crushing burden of the carbon tax and accelerated increases to the minimum wage. The cumulative effect of this government’s short-sighted policies are putting the operations of Canada’s largest living history museum in jeopardy.

“Should Calgary be forced to shut down part of the park’s culturally valuable offerings, this economically hard-hit city will lose jobs and the municipality will see a drop in visitors, and thus, revenues. And, sadly, Albertans and tourists won’t have the same opportunity to experience the rich, nation-building heritage and history of Western Canada.

“As usual, instead of recognizing its economic policies are hurting communities, the NDP forges on without any regard to the very people it is purporting to help. Since the NDP will not listen to citizens and modify its damaging ideological decisions, the UCP wants Albertans to know that we are listening and we do care. Our caucus is developing a strong suite of common sense fiscal policies focused on returning our province to the Alberta Advantage which it has long been renowned for.”