Enough Conservative excess, it’s time Alberta made a change

I guess I should be listing these items just before our next election but I truly hope that Albertans will have time to think about all of the flub-ups just before they get a chance to pick the party that is suitable for ruling our (once) prosperous province.

I guess I should be listing these items just before our next election but I truly hope that Albertans will have time to think about all of the flub-ups just before they get a chance to pick the party that is suitable for ruling our (once) prosperous province.

— “Albertans should take a look in the mirror.” Really? What an insult to Albertans who have worked hard to make this beautiful province grow.

— Seniors are in dire straits as it is, many having trouble making ends meet.

— Albertans have had to pay health premium for many years without any problems and our medical system wasn’t being taxed to the hilt with all the new arrivals. It sure would improve our waiting times both for emergencies and operations.

— “Inappropriate spending by the previous premiers.” If any working person had spent the company’s money that way, they would have been taken to task and would have paid the price. It’s only logical that the taxpayers’ money should be fully reimbursed.

— As we have seen through our prime minister’s arrogance, we don’t need another premier doing the same thing. People are fed up with politicians who think they are above the law and hide the truth from the people who vote them into power and who spend our money.

— Alberta’s auditor general is the person who tracks where the money has gone. For what reason is the government not helping him (her) with the finances required to do their job?

— The slate is not clean. Premiers in the past had given us a surplus of billions of dollars and what is our standing now? And why? Not only a deficit but even to the point of borrowing to make payments. Where is the Heritage “rainy day” fund? Our banks would not tolerate any loan with conditions like that.

— Both our prime minister and our premier are getting better at escaping when the pot is boiling or the fire gets a little hot. It seems that they are experts at disappearing when they have opened their mouths a little too much. Obviously, they do not wish to answer any questions concerning said statements to reporters or to the public. The truth never hurt anyone and would probably give them a great deal more votes if they were more transparent about what goes on in the government’s daily happenings.

— Taking a five per cent pay cut by all government officials — wow! I’m sure that all the recent unemployed personnel would gladly take that same cut in their salary, as long as they still had a job instead of applying for EI. I’m also sure that our seniors’ pensions and benefits do not include a five per cent increase. We’re lucky to receive one per cent for inflation, but the cost of living in Alberta has risen so dramatically that one has trouble to cover both rent and power bills, not counting miscellaneous expenses that frequently arise.

— Talking about tightening our belts! Spending $100,000 for a television pep talk when he says money is tight! Give me a break! How about the politicians tightening their belts by paying all expenses from their huge salaries (i.e.: plane flights, meetings, conventions, conferences, vehicles, meals, residences . No perks and special privileges.

You have a few weeks to think how this party has affected you and yours in the last 40 years. Make a difference — vote for a change! It’s time!

Louise Paquin

Eckville