Wednesday, March 1, 2017

---For the NDP, families are the focus for the sitting, while for the Wildrose, it’s “everyday Albertans.” --------David Buehler · Works at Cross Cancer Institute Wow! An Alberta Gov't that actually cares about the average Albertan! What a refreshing change!-------Julie Ali · University of Alberta Where is this government? What is it doing for the children dying in the child welfare system? What about the handicapped folks and seniors in the continuing care system? There has been no change with the NDP folks but certainly the spin is better. #GOASPIN--

After ignoring families for the first two years of their work time, the NDP MLAs are going to focus on us now.
Hmm... why weren't they focused on families from day 1? I mean we voted NDP so why did it take the NDP MLAs two years to remember us?
Could it be the small matter of families now not being willing to ever vote NDP again that has concentrated the minds of our employees so wonderfully?
Let us watch the MLAs court families but I am telling y'all --we're voting Wildrose for families.
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NDP focuses on Alberta families for spring legislative session

Published on: March 1, 2017 | Last Updated: March 1, 2017 4:54 PM MST
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NDP house leader Brian Mason talks about the upcoming session, starting Thursday and some of the bills they intend to pass.
The spring session of the legislature doesn’t start until Thursday, but already the government and opposition are scrapping.
For the NDP, families are the focus for the sitting, while for the Wildrose, it’s “everyday Albertans.”
How exactly they’re different is anybody’s guess, but Albertans can rest assured neither party will agree on what needs to be done to pull the province out of an economic black hole.
Speaking with reporters ahead of Thursday’s throne speech, government house leader Brian Mason said the NDP will zero in on job creation, infrastructure and making life more affordable for Albertans.
Even as the province’s economy recovers, Mason said Wednesday “people are still hurting,” and that’s his party’s focus.
Though tightlipped on details, Mason said Albertans can expect more action on electricity price caps, post-secondary tuition freezes and legislation to protect new home buyers, with 15 bills in the works for introduction before the session wraps June 1.
Also on the order paper is NDP MLA Thomas Dang’s private member’s motion to scrap daylight saving time.
This is the third throne speech for the NDP, which is halfway through its four-year mandate.
“We’ve obviously come through a very difficult economic time … and there are issues that need to be resolved relative to that,” Mason said.
“I think as we enter the recovery phase in the second half of our term, you’re going to see a shift as we position Alberta to take maximum advantage of that recovery and create long-term stability in terms of our finances.”
Opposition benches
Wildrose house leader Nathan Cooper said Wednesday his party will focus on the continuing economic pinch being felt by everyday Albertans as a result of the NDP’s fiscal choices.
It will also put forward bills on property rights, measures to stamp out what Cooper called an increase in crime in rural Alberta like ATM thefts and “brazen break-ins” (though he didn’t have figures to back that up) and Bill 206, to modernize Alberta’s adoption laws.
Elephant in the room
The push to unify Alberta’s conservative parties will loom large over this session, with the Progressive Conservative leadership vote set for March 18.
Progressive Conservative economic development critic Richard Gotfried called that “background noise,” albeit “very important” background noise.
“But we have a job to do, and … fully intend to do that (job),” he said.
Despite the “external pressures” of the unity question, Cooper said his party’s priority is on the damage the NDP is causing Alberta and holding the government to account.
Mason said his party is gearing up for a strong election campaign no matter what the outcome of the PC leadership race and bid to unite Alberta’s conservative parties.
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Julie Ali ·
I am interested in how the NDP MLAs we hired will focus on the families in the last half of their tenure. I mean they abandoned us early on so why are they trying to focus on us now?

I would imagine that the lack of interest of the NDP MLAs in the issues of their constituents will ensure that we hire new employees in the next provincial election.

The NDP MLAs have made no changes in the child welfare system or the continuing care system. The climate change plan is pretty much a failure and once electricity caps are removed we will be paying big bucks for electricity. The astonishing amount of debt plus the failure to prune expenses will make the legacy of the NDP folks, like that of the PCs before them, one of a wasted opportunity in leadership and management of the province.
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Gary Feltham
It is a laugh to hear the NDP state that they are going to put the province's finances on a more stable footing. According to Trevor Tombes, program spending has increased 10.8% over the last two years. The province's structural deficit has shot up and the NDP are on track for $60 billion in debt by 2019.

The NDP only look prudent by Venezuela standards.
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Angela Palmer ·
The NDP want to make life more affordable for Albertans?

Maybe don't impose a punitive carbon tax on everything and everyone lol.

You really can't make this kind of stupid up.
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J.E. Molnar
Economists are projecting GDP growth of 2.4% for this year, the best in Canada. New oil sands investments announcement last year, improvement in Alberta exports, improving employment numbers, oil price increases and a host of trade deals aimed at bolstering a flagging economy bode well for the future. Pipeline approvals and population increases also add to the confidence of an improving economy. Naysayers will always harp over spending and the deficit, but those are concerns that will be resolved with an improving economy.
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Angela Palmer ·
No, spending and the deficit will not be resolved by an improved economy I'm afraid.

The NDP are on track to add over $60 billion in debt and have no plans to even break even until 2023-24. So it could be $80 billion by then.

During the boom times Alberta's surpluses were under $5 billion. If Alberta was to return to surpluses of $3 billion ish by 2023 it will take over 20 years to pay off the NDP's debt.

And that's optimisitc given that Alberta has never posted 20 straight years of $3 billion surpluses.

So basically, the NDP has guaranteed that you will never see a debt free Alberta for the rest of your life.

The only thing any NDP policy has done is kill more jobs and drive away investment. Whatever improvement Alberta sees in jobs and investment, it will be less than it should be without the disastorous NDP policies.
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Keith Way
Article last week stated Alberta still has record umemployment numbers and Exxon Kearl Lake also Shell Albian are pulling investment from the Oil Sands do to high cost of doing business in Alberta which was reported yesterday. Just because they are forecasting growth when you are the cellar does not mean a good economy also the economist stated this probably would not see an improvement in employment in Alberta.
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J.E. Molnar
Angela Palmer: I don't know what you smoke in Loose Gravel, Saskatchewan, but since you're tossing numbers around, here's one for you --- you are 100% wrong. Getting your figures from the Fraser Institute and the CTF do not not mean you are accurate or even smart for that matter. Alberta is poised to edge to prosperity beginning in 2017, no matter what your war on facts tell us.
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Ed Drok
J.E. Molnar, well one thing is obvious. NDP will not balance the budget by 2023. They will be back to their rump party status in 2019.
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Julie Ali ·
Ed Drok They may not even have rump party status.
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Allan Levin
Joke? The NDP has done nothing to get jobs back in fact their policies have chased out the very investment money the province needs to recover. This government has betrayed our trust with they're ideological BS. They have crippled our economy and continue to do nothing.
The NDP must GO!
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Dar Dealmeida
Please tell me what business has been driven out because a long time ago cenovus and precision announced bigger investments and all the other oil companies people have mentioned just expanded globally not leavin Alberta at all. It seems there are a lot of lies and false propaganda out there so please give company names!
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Keith Way
Dar Dealmeida Really just look at last years stats and you will see record number of business closing it was just in the Edmonton Journal not long ago with record number of unempolyed as well so much for propaganda.
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Edd Wagil ·
Keith Way ....sounds like you are a big fan of The Rebel....no different then Postmedia
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Ed Drok
Keith Way, Dar is a paid troll for the NDP.
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Keith Way
Edd Wagil Don't read The Rebel but i do read the Edmonton Journal where i pull the stats from.
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Alvin Finkel ·
Some commenters seem to want the government to follow the economic policies that created and maintained the Great Depression. It was from that depression, which caused a six-year war, that we learned that when the private sector tumbles, it's up to government to step into the breech and invest and spend so as to create the economic multiplier effect that gradually rebuilds the private sector. The folks who think that our health and education needs should not be funded during a recession are actually proposing a downward economic spiral that just makes things worse.
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Julie Ali ·
I believe we should fund health and education appropriately as well as provide funds for a public continuing care system.

While we should be spending on these essential services, there is no reason why we cannot be pruning the costs of government. Why are we paying so much to so many in government? There are many employees earning big salaries for few deliverables.

In addition, why have the NDP MLAs not cut the major costs of ABCs (agencies, boards, commissions)? These ABCs account for money out of the pockets of Albertans every single year.

There could also be increased efficiencies introduced to governance in education by creation of a province wide superboard. In addition the 61 superintendent positions need to be amalgamated into fewer positions with less exorbitant pay.

We are paying for too many luxury packages of many elite employees while ordinary families have to struggle to take care of their own. It is simply unsustainable as well as being an unfair burden for citizens. Cuts are coming. It may not come with the NDP folks but it will come with the Wildrose Party.
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Shawn Ginn
I can barely afford the last Focus of the NDP so please stay out of my family.
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Bill George ·
I see the WR/PC misogynists are back campaigning on FB.
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David Buehler ·
Wow! An Alberta Gov't that actually cares about the average Albertan! What a refreshing change!
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Julie Ali ·
Where is this government? What is it doing for the children dying in the child welfare system? What about the handicapped folks and seniors in the continuing care system? There has been no change with the NDP folks but certainly the spin is better. #GOASPIN
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Danny Zenner ·
O your mouth is open still lying
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