Saturday, October 15, 2016

Julie Ali · University of Alberta It appears that the NDP folks are no different than the PCs in using taxpayer dollars to run the spin machine. We don't need to waste so much money to tell us about what the government is doing. We can read this information on the government website. I far am more interested in what this government is NOT doing. Why is the government wasting so much money in this unproductive fashion? The money being wasted on advertisements for the greenwashing policies of the NDP would be better spent on hiring more staff at the continuing care facilities where residents are taken care of by LPNs and personal care attendants rather than RNs. The time spent per resident is also limited. The NDP like the PCs have no interest in the most vulnerable citizens in Alberta. Instead of renovating the continuing care sector, they are focused on projects that are too ambitious, have not got public buy in and are being rushed through because we won't vote for them again.



http://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/ndp-government-spends-100000-on-advertising-power-contract-lawsuit



NDP government spends $100,000 on advertising power contract lawsuit

Published on: July 28, 2016 | Last Updated: August 10, 2016 11:03 AM MDT
The NDP government is spending $100,000 on an advertising campaign promoting its controversial legal action aimed at stopping power companies from off-loading money-losing power contracts back to the public.
The province announced Monday that it would go to court to void a clause in power purchase (PPA) regulations that allows companies to terminate the contracts if any change in law makes the deals “more unprofitable.”
The government argues the clause was unlawfully enacted under the previous Progressive Conservative government at the behest of the defunct and discredited Enron Corp. It says Albertans will be on the hook for $2 billion if the PPAs are successfully returned to the Balancing Pool, an arms-length government body.
The province has now launched ads in seven daily newspapers and 100 weeklies, as well as an online campaign, laying out its case.
“We have a responsibility to share information with Albertans about why we are going to court to protect them from being forced to pay up to $2 billion to cover the business losses of power companies,” said Matthew Williamson, a spokesperson for Premier Rachel Notley, in an e-mail Thursday.
The legal action has attracted fierce criticism however from the companies that have recently terminated their PPAs, including city-owned Enmax, Mayor Naheed Nenshi, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Alberta’s opposition parties.

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In a statement Thursday, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said “the NDP government is now doubling down on misuse of taxpayer dollars by promoting their frivolous lawsuit through ad buys.”
The Notley government has come under fire over its advertising efforts in the past. The province is currently spending $4.4 million on a campaign promoting its climate plan, while this spring’s provincial budget was the focus of a $750,000 campaign.
With stagnant oil prices, the NDP government is projecting a record $10.4-billion shortfall in that budget.

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Julie Ali · 

It appears that the NDP folks are no different than the PCs in using taxpayer dollars to run the spin machine. We don't need to waste so much money to tell us about what the government is doing. We can read this information on the government website. I far am more interested in what this government is NOT doing.

Why is the government wasting so much money in this unproductive fashion? The money being wasted on advertisements for the greenwashing policies of the NDP would be better spent on hiring more staff at the continuing care facilities where residents are taken care of by LPNs and personal care attendants rather than RNs. The time spent per resident is also limited. The NDP like the PCs have no interest in the most vulnerable citizens in Alberta. Instead of renovating the continuing care sector, they are focused on projects that are too ambitious, have not got public buy in and are being rushed through because we won't vote for them again.

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