I went to the all-candidates forum at the Golden Circle Seniors Resource Centre in Red Deer on Tuesday night.
The NDP candidates went out of their way to try to make Rachel Notley look like the saviour of Alberta. Their words fell on many doubting ears.
The only ones who seemed to deliver any common sense answers and reasonable statements were the United Conservative candidates.
In 2015, when the NDP won the provincial election, I thought I would take the high road and email Notley, congratulating her on her victory as premier and requesting for the sake of Albertans that she not do four things while she served her term in office.
I said if she didn’t heed the request, she probably wouldn’t serve a second term.
They were: Do not raise taxes or add any new taxes on the people of Alberta that would add to their burden.
Do not cost Alberta workers their jobs, especially in the private sector.
Do not alienate corporate investment into Alberta that would cause our fragile economy to suffer.
Do not increase the cost of government employees, especially for administration and executive staff.
Notley and her NDP have done all four and then some. They have destroyed the economy of Alberta, put more than 100,000 people out of work, added new taxes and increasied others, increased the burden on small businesses by increasing the minimum wage and amassed a huge provincial debt.
At the forum, the NDP boasted about increasing the number of doctors and nurses by thousands to Alberta hospitals. Yet the wait times have increased 20 to 30 per cent.
So I question their numbers. Per capita funds for Red Deer hospital patients are way down compared to Calgary and Edmonton.
The NDP has had four years to straighten outthis problem and to add on to the Red Deer hospital. They’ve done nothing.
So we’re having an election and the chances are very high they’ll lose, so the promises are coming out of the woodwork like you wouldn’t believe.
They won the last election due to a protest vote. Albertans cannot afford to make the same mistake again.
Dale Stuart, Red Deer