April 08, 2015

Alberta election: Prentice calls opponents "extremists"

Rebel Staff

Poor Jim Prentice, surrounded by political extremists on all sides.

In a veiled shot at the NDP and Wildrose parties, the PC leader is telling Albertans he is the only reasonable option on election day May 5th.  

Prentice tabled a budget that calls for tax hikes and a ballooning deficit of $5 billion in this budget year. 

His critics say there is nothing reasonable about Prentice' tax and spend ways.

What do you think? Who will win the Alberta election? Tell us in the comments!

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commented 2015-04-15 17:40:07 -0400
Looks like Prentice is showing his progressive side. “If you’re not with me you’re an extremist” Is this a Preston Manning ploy? Sound like something a good socialist like him would advocate.
commented 2015-04-08 23:57:47 -0400
2010-2011 expenditures per person in; Ontario=9500$Alberta=9300$ Quebec=8500$. Fact check me. I dare you.
commented 2015-04-08 20:16:12 -0400
Sounds like Jim is being a scared liberal.
commented 2015-04-08 19:58:01 -0400
Anyone right of JM Keynes is an extremist to that dipper in blue clothing
commented 2015-04-08 19:55:40 -0400
Freethinker – “A sense of ENTITLEMENT seems to be deeply imbedded in the youth and liberal minded (governments).”
That sense of entitlement signals the end of Democracy – IF we allow it. Democracies always fail when people realize they can elect a government that’ll give them free stuff.
commented 2015-04-08 17:34:15 -0400
I really don’t know who will win the election. That’s why we have elections. As for extremists, I’ve seen the Wildrose platform and it looks pretty bland to me. Nothing extreme about it.
commented 2015-04-08 17:24:41 -0400
I find myself in this unusual position of having to completely agree with “freethinker” again. How disquieting!
commented 2015-04-08 17:19:14 -0400
Jason, it is important to recognize the difference between the Progressive Conservatives and the Conservative Party of Canada. Though in practice they may appear similar in areas, the CPC is more conservative and less “progressive” than the ALberta PCs, especially fiscally conservative. There are some political policy differences.
commented 2015-04-08 17:08:53 -0400
What year?
The election is supposed to be 2016!
If he has called it for this Cinco de Mayo, I will vote for anyone but his party.
commented 2015-04-08 17:00:22 -0400
Prentice represents all that was wrong with the CPC – thank God he is out of the federal party at least.
commented 2015-04-08 14:35:06 -0400
Prentice appears desperate because he IS desperate. The Alberta Tories have fallen so badly they’re now tied with the Wildrose, who haven’t lost any positioning. Albertans are sick and tired of government graft, waste, and irresponsibility. I’m a self-employed tradesman, and if I ran my business like Prentice is running the government, I would have been bankrupt and shut down years ago. No tax hikes — slash the bureaucracy and spending! I have to with my business and personal budgets when finances are tight, and so should the government!
commented 2015-04-08 14:20:20 -0400
Couldn’t agree more, Greig.

Valerie, I hope for more than just a strong opposition for the Wildrose, but to form the government, preferably with a majority.

Freethinker, I agree that governments should not run a deficit, but sometimes I can see it being unavoidable, at least for a temporary duration. However, before the government runs a deficit, it should have to explain that to the people it governs and then call a referendum to get its mandate from the people.
commented 2015-04-08 13:58:47 -0400
Canadians need to force a change in the way all its governments operate financially at all levels, municipal, provincial and federal : no government should be allowed to run a deficit. If the current state of our financial affairs continues, especially in Ontario and Quebec, we will have saddled our future generations with huge debts that they do not deserve and will be unlikely to ever overcome. When we are in the midst of hard-times, let the people suffer a bit, it shouldn’t be business as usual . If governments are paying civil servants exaggerated wage rates compared to the private sector, they should arbitrarily cut the back to normalized levels. If they don’t like it they can quit and find work in the private sector. By allowing governments to operate without financial limitations is bordering on the illegal. Elected governments are NOT the owners of the areas they govern, merely the temporary caretakers. So much waste and scandal in government today. A sense of ENTITLEMENT seems to be deeply imbedded in the youth and liberal minded (governments). Governments need to get back to the basics of ONLY running the necessary infrastructure components of society. Why do we fund the arts, film makers, tv stations, entertainment industries, etc etc. (because everyday people wouldn’t support these ventures and shouldn’t unless they want to). So many are on the welfare rollercoaster (people and governments) that it has been normalized as a way of life, not a temporary solution to a down-turn in someones state of affairs.
commented 2015-04-08 13:50:45 -0400
Alberta badly needs someone like Ralph Klein. Come to think of it, the entire Country needs someone like Ralph Klein at the helm.
commented 2015-04-08 13:36:18 -0400
Alberta needs a strong leader who will cut the size of the civil service, bring debt under control, and firmly support Alberta’s role in Confederation. I feel that Mr. Prentice is that person.
commented 2015-04-08 13:15:48 -0400
I’ve worked in politics for over 20 years and I’ve never encountered a dirtier politician than Jim Prentice. Calling others “extremist” smacks of the desperation he obviously feels. Given the things he’s already done to his opponents, I think we can expect this election to be particularly filthy courtesy of Jimmy and his gang.
Alberta’s ONLY hope of surviving David Rockefeller’s buddy, Jim is to elect a strong Opposition. That’s Wildrose; no one else stands a chance. If you’re thinking of voting Liberal, NDP or Alberta Party, forget it. They won’t form the Official Opposition; Wildrose will.