EDMONTON, AB: Wildrose Shadow Democracy & Accountability Minister Jason Nixon released the following statement on the NDP government backing down on direct taxpayer subsidies for political parties:
“The NDP spent their entire summer trying to drive this recommendation through in committee. If it wasn’t for the hard work of Wildrose MLAs with the backing of Albertans across the province, we would never have seen the NDP back down from this offensive policy proposal.
“Wildrose had thousands of Albertans sign a petition in support of our work to stop the NDP’s move to provide taxpayer-funded bailouts to political parties and I thank them for their support.
“This is just the latest example of Wildrose getting results for taxpayers and serving as an effective opposition. It’s disappointing that it took the government this long to listen. If we could have moved earlier on this, the committee could have finished its valuable and important work.”