There is a better way to balance the budget that doesn’t burden future generations with unsustainable debt loads while still investing in infrastructure and preserving front-line services, says Alberta Party Opposition Leader Greg Clark.

The detailed Alberta Party Caucus shadow budget can be found here.

“Alberta’s budget crisis means the government needs to make responsible choices,” said Clark. “Unfortunately the Government took the easy way out by putting off hard decisions into the future, and we know the Official Opposition would make major cuts that would impact front-line public services.

“I think there’s a better way.”

The Alberta Party Caucus shadow budget would:

  • Balance in four years
  • Accommodate for population growth
  • Use more conservative resource revenue forecasts than the government
  • Freeze, but not roll back, public sector salaries
  • Work closely with Alberta’s public servants to find significant cost savings and improve service delivery
  • Gradually bring Alberta’s per-capita spending in line with the national average
  • Cut small business tax to 2%, implement an investor tax credit
  • Implement a transition plan to make the carbon tax truly revenue neutral

 

“This was a very difficult process,” said Clark. “Finding a middle ground that met Albertans’ expectations for a reasonable timeline to balance the budget without massive cuts required tough choices, but I think our plan does just that.”

Clark called on other opposition parties to release their numbers.

“Once again the Alberta Party Caucus will be the only opposition party to release a detailed shadow budget.

“We’ve shown Albertans the details of our plan and the choices we would make, just like any credible opposition party should.”

The detailed Alberta Party Caucus shadow budget can be found here.

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For an interview please contact:

Natasha Soles

Communications Coordinator

Alberta Party Caucus

(780) 722-4733

Natasha.Soles@assembly.ab.ca


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