Prentice says Albertans unhappy with PC party and former governments

Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Prentice acknowledges there is a certain level of public anger being directed at his party.

CALGARY — Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Prentice acknowledges there is a certain level of public anger being directed at his party.

In a speech to about 200 supporters in Calgary, the incumbent premier said Albertans have not been happy with PC governments that lost sight of party values.

He says his government will not make the mistakes of the past and will earn back the trust of voters.

But he warns there are tough times ahead and there will be items on the public wish list that will go unfulfilled.

Prentice is attempting to extend the PC party’s four-decade dynasty, having just brought down a budget that hikes taxes and runs a record $5-billion deficit.

He has spent the first week of the election campaign touting the spending plan, while challenging the opposition parties to provide more than just the bare bones of ideas on how to deal with low oil prices.