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Members Statement April 14, 2014

 Well, thank you, Mr. Speaker.

 As we resume this session, we do so with an air of uncertainty and instability on the government side of the House. The uncertainty and instability are due to the resignation of the Member for Calgary-Elbow as Premier. So what’s next?

Will this queue up the opportunists? Opportunists are those who choose to take advantage of any situation to achieve an end, usually with no regard for principles or consequences.

If regard had been given to these principles and consequences, those within the government caucus would have spoken up prior to the Premier’s resignation.

Those that will be seeking the Premier’s position from within this government have some explaining to do. What transpired under their previous leader, whom they all willingly stood in this House and supported? This most certainly has been a group effort.

The entire government caucus is party to the actions of their former leader, since silence, they say, is the voice of complicity. Disregard for principles and consequences stems from the short-sighted ambitions of those who seek only power.

It is my hope that the present culture of entitlement that thrives within this PC government is not carried on by the next Premier.

The key ingredient to any government plagued by entitlement is cronyism, and cronyism is the first step towards corruption. The two elements work hand in hand and facilitate each other.

Alberta has suffered from the effects of out-of-control cronyism, with special favours being the rule rather than the exception.

As we make our way through another session in this Legislature, let’s not forget why we’re here. It is the responsibility of every member of this House to act in the best interests of their constituents, and special favours are never in those best interests.

 In the end, when it comes to cronyism, if you aren’t a part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

 

 

Rick Strankman is the MLA Elect for the Drumheller-Stettler riding of the province of Alberta, Canada, and also serves as the Wildrose Party critic for Tourism, Parks, and Recreation.

Please take some time to read the blog and find out how the Wildrose Official Opposition is working on your behalf.

 

 

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What a disaster.

The Redford PCs just released the 2014 budget and it’s not pretty. It is the sixth straight deficit for Alberta. And even more debt is on the horizon.

In a year where we are posting record revenues, the PCs have a deficit that will cost Albertans $2.7 billion. What’s worse, Albertans will be on the hook for $21 billion in debt by 2016.

Sign this petition today and tell Premier Redford to STOP THE DEBT!

This much debt means that Alberta taxpayers will be paying $820 million a year in interest payments alone. That’s $820 million that won’t be used for education, health care, or policing.

In what has become standard PC practice, they continue to try and hide the size of their debt and deficit from Albertans who will have to eventually pay the tab. The PCs will turn to every dirty trick they can. Whether that’s negative campaigning, using your tax dollars to campaign, or hiding the truth about Alberta’s debt.

Sign this petition today and tell Premier Redford to STOP THE DEBT!

Send the Redford PCs a clear message: Saddling future generations with billions of dollars in debt is just wrong.

 

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Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith was elected as the Leader of the Wildrose on Oct 17, 2009. Prior to

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