Tories tout Medicine Hat as model of growing public needs being met

Premier Alison Redford says the southern Alberta city of Medicine Hat is the best example of how her party is growing the province.

MEDICINE HAT — Premier Alison Redford says the southern Alberta city of Medicine Hat is the best example of how her party is growing the province.

Redford says her Progressive Conservative party is meeting the needs of the city with projects like hospitals, highway upgrades, and a new school.

She says local seniors will also benefit from funding for 90 new, affordable, supportive living spaces.

The Tories have allocated more than $16 billion over the next three years on infrastructure, a third of which will go directly to municipalities.

Funding has also been put on predictable three-year cycles for schools and municipalities to allow for better planning.

Opponents like the Wildrose say some of those projects, like a new museum in Edmonton, should be put on hold until the budget is back in the black.