February 1, 2019 (Calgary) – Alberta Party Caucus leader and MLA for Calgary-South East Rick Fraser is pushing back on claims arising from last year’s caucus shadow budget.
“I want to be clear: front-line services in education and health care are absolutely a key priority for us,” said Fraser. “We have been accused of cutting services, but nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, we are committing to containing the rate of spending increases to a more sustainable level.”
MLA Fraser stressed that, while last year’s Alberta Party caucus shadow budget proposed increased funding for health and education, a lower rate of increase could be achieved by managing attrition and the creation of new positions within AHS.
He also noted that the AUPE did not reach out to the Alberta Party caucus for any comment, before posting its inaccurate claims.
“An organization like the AUPE – that represents thousands of hard-working Albertans – should do its due diligence before accepting the government’s claims at face value. Their members deserve to have the facts.”
The AUPE also took issue with Alberta Party revenue projections, which were much more realistic at the time – and have turned out to be far more accurate – than the government’s own projections.
“When we developed our shadow budget, we were much more cautious than the government in counting on revenue increases, because we know that crossing your fingers and hoping for more money is just not a practical or reasonable way to govern,” added Fraser.
“I would be happy to meet with the AUPE, both to correct their information and to discuss important issues before we release our 2019 shadow budget. They will find our caucus is deeply committed to meeting the priorities of Albertans and properly funding our public service.”
The Alberta Party Caucus is the only caucus to have developed and released a shadow budget every year, and plans to release its 2019 edition later this spring.
– 30 –
Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs
Alberta Party Caucus