On Friday, I was proud to stand beside my friend Jason Kenney and support his bid for Alberta PC leader, as well as his campaign to unite Albertans under a single, free-enterprise party.
As a PC MLA who was re-elected in 2015, I've spent the past few months speaking with my constituents about the future of Alberta.
They tell me two things. First, that a second NDP term would be a disaster for Alberta. Second, that the PCs and Wildrose need to get their act together.
The PC leadership race is a clear referendum on unity, and I am throwing my full support behind Jason's plan for a united alternative to the NDP.
Jason is also counting on your support. There is no other candidate for Alberta PC leader who wants to unite with the Wildrose Party. If he doesn't win, we could be looking at another NDP government in 2019.
Please join me in supporting Jason Kenney by purchasing your one-year, $10 membership today.
This is a simple choice, we either unite or it’s the NDP in 2019.
Alberta PC MLA
The past two months I've been travelling across Alberta, talking to people like you, with a clear message: it's time to unite Alberta, defeat the NDP, and bring back the Alberta Advantage.
But before we can even think about the next election, we must take the first step. If I don't win the Alberta PC leadership, there will be no single united party, and we could be looking at a second consecutive NDP government in 2019.
So I need your help. I need you to buy an Alberta PC membership so you can take part in local meetings and cast your vote in the upcoming leadership election.
Click here to purchase your one-year, $10 Alberta PC Party membership and support me as the next Alberta PC leader.
This membership will give you access to run for a position on your local riding association, to take part in your local delegate selection meetings, and if elected as a delegate, to vote in the upcoming leadership election.
A little while ago, NDP Finance Minister Joe Ceci provided Albertans with a Fall fiscal update.
The news wasn’t good.
Alberta will be posting its single biggest budgetary deficit in its 110 year history - $10.9 billion dollars in 2016 alone.
To put that in context, it means the NDP government has taken out new debt in the amount of $2,600 for every man, woman, and child in Alberta – in just one year!
This is a truly staggering level of debt.
Already, Alberta has had its credit rating reduced, making it more expensive to borrow money and creating new investor uncertainty.
On top of huge job losses across the province, small businesses are closing their doors because they can’t afford to pay staff the higher minimum wage the NDP have forced on them.
Next up is a new multi-billion dollar carbon tax that will raise the price of everything in Alberta – from gasoline at the pumps to groceries for the home.
Add to that a huge increase in electricity prices once the carbon tax comes into effect, and the price spike coming from the NDP’s premature forced shut down of Alberta coal power generating plants, and the news just couldn’t be worse.
Life is a lot more expensive for Albertans under the NDP.
And let’s be clear. Alberta’s economy was struggling already because of the global decline in energy commodity prices. Nobody is disputing that.
However, instead of working to support our economy with tax cuts, reductions in red tape, and making Alberta the most friendly place to do business in Canada, the NDP have gone in exactly the opposite direction.
They’ve made job losses worse by hiking taxes and tying up business in red tape.
They’ve implemented a costly new carbon tax and minimum wage hike that has stifled job creation.
And they’ve failed to stand up for our responsible and sustainable energy sector – the economic engine of our province.
The NDP don’t seem to realize that bowing to the special interests on these issues has created real-world harm for everyday Alberta families.
Worst of all, they refuse to accept any responsibility for their actions which have pushed tens of thousands of Albertans to the brink of financial ruin.
As Jason Kenney has toured the province, he’s heard countless stories of hard-working Albertans who have started to lose their hope that they can make it through these tough economic times.
That’s why a United Alberta would make restoring the Alberta Advantage its number one priority.
It’s time to get Alberta back to work and growing once again, and that means putting an end to the failed policies of the NDP, and restoring common sense government to Alberta.
Let’s Unite Alberta and bring back the Alberta Advantage! Buy your membership today to support Jason Kenney.
A lot of people have been asking me — what's your plan to Unite Alberta?
So I wanted to reach out to you and explain my plan in more detail:
It's an ambitious plan, and it's going to take a lot of work to pull it off. But I strongly believe the best path forward for our province is to unite free-enterprise conservatives under one party.
The first step in this process is winning the Alberta PC leadership. In order to do that, I need my supporters to buy memberships and come out and support me at the local level, and in the leadership race.
Can I count on your support? Get your $10, one-year membership and help me Unite Alberta.
Since Jason Kenney launched his bid to Unite Alberta, one issue has come up every day — the NDP carbon tax.
This multibillion dollar carbon tax on everything was not mentioned in the NDP's election platform. It's no surprise they kept their plan hidden — it's massively unpopular. 82% of small business owners are opposed, and we stand with them.
Help us fight back. Sign our petition to stop the NDP carbon tax!
The NDP didn't receive a mandate to massively raise our taxes, and it's the most pressing example of why four years of NDP rule is four years too many.
At a time when Alberta's economy is struggling, the NDP has found a way to make a bad situation worse.
This is why it's so important for us to come together and Unite Alberta. We must unite free-enterprise Albertans under a single party — or we risk losing another election to this accidental NDP government.
Albertans have always come together in difficult times to make it work — this is one of those times.
Job one for a united, free-enterprise party, if elected, will be to repeal the carbon tax.
Join us today and sign our petition to stop the NDP carbon tax.
I join countless others in thanking my friend, the Rt Hon Stephen Harper for his devotion to Canada, his leadership, and his profound spirit of public service.
The NDP still don’t seem to get what all the fuss is about.
When they introduced Bill 6, the so-called “Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act”, the NDP just what they always do. They ignored legitimate concerns raised by farmers and ranchers – those most affected by the new law – and they rammed it through the Alberta Legislature with only minimal time devoted to consultation or debate.
Sadly, this has become a familiar pattern from the NDP – impose draconian new laws, without consultation, and then announce changes and amendments after widespread dissatisfaction erupts. They told us we have to pass the bill before we can consult on it!
Given the importance of Alberta’s farms and ranches, not only to rural Alberta but to the entire Alberta economy, you would have thought the NDP might try to get Bill 6 right the first time—instead of passing a patchwork of amendments after the fact.
When it was introduced late last year, tens of thousands of everyday Albertans protested the proposed legislation. Perhaps the NDP thought that because Albertans are normally reserved about public protests, the government could get away with this attack on Alberta’s family farms and ranches without anyone noticing.
They were wrong.
Sign our petition now to repeal Bill 6!
Albertans have always placed a value on those who contribute significantly to our economy – our farmers and ranchers. The NDP tried to paint these family-run businesses as uncaring & dangerous operations completely devoid of workplace safety.
The reality couldn’t be further from the truth.
Generations of hardworking Alberta farmers and ranchers understand that their family-run businesses reflect a way of life that has been part of our province’s history since it was founded.
Concerns regarding safety and working conditions are taken very seriously, and addressed in a significant number of ways.
What they disagree with is the NDP’s government-knows-best approach which imposes city-centric approached to health and safety onto farms and ranches, while ignoring the very real differences that exist between ranching, farming, and other industries.
While their intent may have been positive, the fact remains that the NDP failed to do any meaningful consultation with farmers and ranchers before they introduced Bill 6, and then forced through a piece of legislation that has caused significant hardship for these family businesses.
They refused to listen to their critics, and only changed course when Alberta erupted in protest.
Jason Kenney has been absolutely clear that he will repeal Bill 6 at the earliest opportunity. He will engage in meaningful consultation with Alberta’s farmers and ranchers, and will ensure that their concerns are addressed in any subsequent legislation.
It’s time Alberta had a government that actually listened to Albertans. It’s time to unite Alberta and defeat the NDP in 2019.
Alberta’s media reacts to the NDP’s quarterly fiscal update. It reveals a party at work on destroying what remains of the Alberta Advantage.
“Ceci announced Tuesday that, based on first quarter results, the provincial deficit will be $10.9 billion rather than the $10.4 billion he forecast in his spring budget. The $10.4-billion deficit was already going to be far and away the largest deficit in Alberta’s history. Now Ceci let Albertans know the actual deficit will be five per cent larger than that.”
Lorne Gunter, Edmonton Sun, August 23, 2016
“The government’s first-quarter fiscal report paints the worst picture in modern memory, more devastating than the crash of the 1980s or the Great Recession of the 2000s. I’ve read dozens of Alberta budgets and quarterlies. Some were obscenely stuffed with cash. Others flirted with public poverty. This is the first one that makes me feel like crying. It’s a snapshot of a province that no longer generates the wealth to support itself, and certainly not to support this NDP government.”
Don Braid, Calgary Herald, August 23, 2016
“In just the last year, Alberta added thousands of public-sector workers to the payroll. What’s vital to the government is apparently not just refusing to cut spending, or merely hold the line on spending, but to always keep doing more of it, no matter how little money comes in. Whether Rachel Notley’s NDP is doing enough to reduce Alberta’s dependence on oil isn’t the issue; it’s that their spending is no longer dependent on anything.”
Kevin Libin, August 23, 2016
It's time to Unite Alberta, stop the NDP, and bring back the Alberta Advantage. Sign the petition now.
When it comes to using taxpayer dollars, I’ve always believed that government has a duty to spend those dollars responsibly and wisely.
When Jason Kenney was an MP, he strongly opposed the federal subsidy brought in by the Liberals, which gave political parties a taxpayer-funded subsidy every three months. Canadians were proud when the Conservative Party were finally able to repeal this subsidy and force political parties to rely only on what they were able to raise from individual supporters.
However, the NDP government here in Alberta seems intent of bringing back the costly practice of giving taxpayer dollars directly to political parties – and they’re doing it behind closed doors and in secret.
Sign our petition now — help us stop the NDP plan to fund their next election campaign with taxpayer money.
At the latest meeting of the NDP-dominated “Ethics and Accountability” Legislative Committee, NDP members voted unanimously in favour sending Alberta tax dollars to political parties.
Just like their multi-billion dollar carbon tax, the NDP didn’t campaign on creating a new political party subsidy – likely because they knew that everyday Albertans wouldn’t like the idea of seeing their hard-earned tax dollars gifted to political parties.
We feel Albertans want political parties to be funded by individual contributions – not by unions, big businesses, and especially not be governments using tax dollars. If a party can’t raise enough money because they can’t convince Albertans of the merits of their ideas, then that should be a wake-up call that they need to do a better job listening to Albertans.
Should our Unite Alberta campaign be successful in electing a united Alberta conservative party under Jason’s leadership, he will immediately repeal the NDP’s political party subsidy, along with all the other tax increases the NDP never campaigned on—especially the NDP’s new job-killing carbon tax. You work hard to pay your taxes; the last thing those taxes should be spent on are gifts of cash to Alberta political parties.