February 22, 2018 (Edmonton) – The February 2018 Report of the Auditor General highlights ongoing concerns with the way the NDP government is managing risks and conflicts in program delivery, according to the Alberta Party Caucus. Specific issues within health, energy, education, and environment and parks point to a larger trend of lack of oversight and proper governance.
“The fact that there were still deals being made with Pure North in 2016 when the government was aware not only of the previous suspect deal in 2013 but also in the face of a declared conflict of interest shows that this government is not doing its due diligence in governing” said Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill MLA and Alberta Party health critic Karen McPherson.
McPherson, who is also the Alberta Party critic for energy, added “This is the same issue that is highlighted by the Auditor General’s findings on the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Corporation and the Sturgeon Refinery. The government may have inherited some of these issues, but that doesn’t excuse them from implementing best practices now. Future generations are going to pay the price if they don’t pay attention to this wake-up call”
Rick Fraser, MLA for Calgary-South East and education critic, noted in the report that despite more money being directed to education, class sizes were actually larger in 2017 than they were in 2004.
“Without a proper plan for how this money is being spent and tracking to ensure it ends up where it is supposed to, we are just throwing money at the problem without achieving better outcomes” Fraser said.
Greg Clark, MLA for Calgary-Elbow and Alberta Party environment critic, pointed out that the lack of implementation measures for the government’s Climate Leadership Plan puts the sustainability of climate change measures at risk.
“We agree with the principles behind taking action on climate change, but if you’re going to do it, you should make sure it’s done right” said Clark. “The Auditor General pointed out that the Climate Leadership Plan is currently lacking tracking measures, they’ve delayed a promised adaptation plan, and the responsible departments haven’t developed performance measures or targets.”
“This is where the rubber meets the road, and the government skidding out here puts any future climate change measures at risk.”
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