The letter specifically highlights several of the NDP government’s policies, “that have further undermined business confidence and competitiveness,” such as higher business and personal taxes, a new $3 billion carbon tax and new regulations and red tape on Alberta’s job creators.
“This is the exact message Wildrose has been trying for months to deliver to Premier Rachel Notley and her NDP government, but sadly they have refused to listen,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “The most important job for a government during an economic downturn is to do no further harm but this letter shows clearly the NDP government has ignored this most important rule.”
Wildrose previously called for a Jobs Summit in January that would recruit Alberta’s top business, energy and charitable sector leaders to recommend policies for the government that would restore Alberta’s competitive footing and protect those suffering from the downturn. The NDP government rejected that call.
Wildrose Shadow Economic Development and Trade Minister Prasad Panda said today’s letter should be a wakeup call for the government.
“The fact is, 80,000 Albertans have lost work since the NDP was elected last May, with several NDP policies inflaming an already bad situation,” Panda said. “Albertans want hope and deserve to see a government that will back down from ideological policies in favour of a plan that puts growth in the economy as their top priority.”