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December 14, 2016

Wildrose defended working families, jobs and Alberta’s most vulnerable this fall session

Wildrose provided dynamic opposition this fall session by opposing the carbon tax, proposing positive solutions on the economy and defending Alberta’s most vulnerable, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

Wildrose spoke for the majority of Albertans who oppose risky NDP economic policies that will only make things worse for working families.

“Wildrose knows the NDP’s risky economic agenda is only going to make life harder and more expensive for families at a time when they can least afford it. Our caucus is fighting tooth and nail to stop it,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “The NDP has no mandate to introduce a multi-billion dollar carbon tax that was never campaigned on. A Wildrose government will absolutely scrap it in 2019.”

Wildrose released a landmark report on the broken equalization formula that has been shortchanging Alberta for years. The NDP government voted against a motion put forward by Jean that called on the Alberta government to release its position on equalization in time to begin a national conversation before the next round of equalization negotiations.

“Wildrose believes in fairness, and our party is proud to have commissioned this expert report that fully outlines the fundamental injustices in the equalization system,” Jean said.

Wildrose unveiled a five-step plan calling on the government to halt the damage NDP legislation is causing to the energy sector, including axing expensive changes to the electricity grid and a new carbon tax.

“The NDP’s ideological agenda on the energy file only means further tax increases, higher power bills and billions of dollars in lost investment,” Wildrose Shadow Energy Minister Leela Aheer said.

Wildrose truly set itself apart this session by showing it is a strong and effective voice for Alberta’s most vulnerable. A Wildrose report on modernizing the adoption system released in mid-November was embraced by adoption advocates.

Wildrose was also a leading voice for change in the children-in-care system, initiating an emergency debate surrounding the case of Serenity, the four-year-old girl who died in kinship care.

Wildrose spent weeks calling for the implementation of past children in care recommendations, for justice and for an all-party committee to review the matter.

“I’m extremely disappointed by the way the NDP handled this issue. Albertans deserve and expect to see accountability, and real changes,” Wildrose Shadow Human Services Minister Angela Pitt said. “My heart breaks for this little girl and for the way the government has mishandled her file.”