PC leader Jim Prentice denies suggestions he's all talk, no action on cutting the size of the bloated Alberta bureaucracy.
He hosted a candidates' rally in Calgary Monday in which he vowed to end the days of Alberta's reliance on the oil price rollercoaster.
Prentice also responded to attacks by political foes who accuse him of opting for huge tax hikes after giving the impression of being a fiscal hawk.
He vows to take a measured approach to balancing the books over three years but denies he's a slouch on the issue of dealing with government waste.
"It is a plan that will tackle waste and reduce the cost of government proposing over the course of three years to take a total of 8.6 Billion dollars out of the expenditures of government. This is a very significant achievement and it is something we are very focussed on doing so we have forward a focussed realistic plan we will tackle waste and mismanagement," says Prentice.
The Wildrose plan calls for a balanced budget by the year 2017 in part by cutting managers, consultants and other 'paper pushers'.
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