August 24, 2016

Alberta fiscal update: Blames wildfires, oil prices (not NDP policies)

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

According to NDP Minister of Finance Joe Ceci’s fiscal update, it looks like economic growth in Alberta will contract by another 1.3% from the 1.4% projected in the budget.

Citing Fort Mac wildfires and low oil prices, Ceci avoided criticism of bad NDP policies by saying corporations and wealthy people will be paying extra to dig Alberta out of the hole.

Watch as I make the connection to bad NDP policies that Ceci left out of his explanation for why Albertans will continue to struggle in a bad economy.

Even worse, when asked what the ceiling was for government spending, or debt to GDP ratios, there were no answers.

Joe Ceci said today that there are plans for diversifying the economy in order to minimize dependance on oil, but it’s clear that the real problems lie within the Notley NDP’s destructive policies and reckless spending habits.

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commented 2016-08-25 02:51:06 -0400
Hi Holly. It is just a matter of time before the NDP rolls out a sales tax on Alberta.
commented 2016-08-25 01:02:26 -0400
Minister of Finance Joe Ceci’s update mentions the $500 million it cost to fight the fire, and that that is roughly equal to the increased deficit.

But not one word of the insidious Danish in Alberta this year. Whether you see it as a big deal or not, the Danes and their practices continued unabated this year, as they have done for decades. They boast about their presence and influence, and many people go along with that. But no mention of the risk and danger to Alberta society.

Danish Calgarian Pippi M. R. Groving, puts it this way: “Danes are not good with arguments, loud discussions and generally tries to awoid conflict. Keeping laid back helps awoiding any thing we don’t want to talk about, and it’s easier to steer the talk away from unpleasant subjects.”
commented 2016-08-24 20:00:01 -0400
He sure plays it cool with his stuttering lies while the rest of us sweat bullets with the truth. I’m sure a lot of these owners would rather close than work for free or keep dumping money in to keep the doors open.
Now they want to lower the voting age to 16 in Edmonton to get even more stupid people. You can’t fix stupid,but a baseball bat will stun it.
Thanks for trying Ralph.
commented 2016-08-24 16:44:13 -0400
There would not have been a real fire had they not cut the contract like they were advised not to.The water boomers would have gottin it under control faster.
commented 2016-08-24 15:36:01 -0400
A crumb of sanity coming from Stephen E.??? I better roll one, and read his post again.

Dump Rachael and the coven
commented 2016-08-24 15:28:22 -0400
Give them a break.
There simply is no fat in the NDP government where they can save a bit of dough. AHS for example is simply the most efficiently run as it can be.
It costs money to advertise the New Carbon tax initiative. Costs money to pay anti pipeline activists to sit on pipeline committees. Costs money to shut down coal plants. Costs for fire fire fighting become a pretty huge budget hit when you slyly reduce fire fighting budget numbers and then along comes Fort Mac fire.
So cut these guys some slack.
(2 years 8 months to go)
commented 2016-08-24 15:11:21 -0400
All the N.D.P.voters (teachers nurses gov. so called workers)fall for this BS like lambs to the oven.
commented 2016-08-24 15:08:52 -0400
hmmm…reminds me of when i moved to Alberta in the Sask ndp years…‘Alberta is rich because they have oil and gas’.To that i replied ’it’s called the Western Canadian sedimentary basin,not the Alberta basin’.ndipsticks will find any excuse to blame anyone else for their flawed policies and spending.
commented 2016-08-24 14:32:21 -0400
Have a financial problem? Tax the better off of society. Simple and really stupid belief that they have money to spare. The upper earners already pay high taxes, so would a few more percent of tax really hurt them? Well, yes. And they can take their money and invest elsewhere, or just up and leave to where taxes won’t be oppressive.

Lowering corporate tax and keeping fair and not excessive taxation on high earners usually means increased government revenue by an increased and spending population with increased economic activity.

Ceci blamed oil pricing, et cetera. Interestingly enough, planned Alberta investments went instead to Texas, and its economy is booming. Low corporate and personal taxes so Texas is what Alberta used to be.
commented 2016-08-24 14:29:48 -0400
This is what you get when you have a “finance” minister who has never owned or run a business in his life. As a social worker his entire life, all of his computer models said this was the right thing to do. Unfortunately for the people of Alberta, reality set in.
commented 2016-08-24 14:19:06 -0400
Just wait till the bill comes in for suing themselves, Just cannot even begin to make this stuff up. Monthy python will write a script from this.
commented 2016-08-24 14:07:26 -0400
Does this mean we’re going to have to stare into a mirror again? It eventually will come around to being our fault, so we’ll have to pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay pay………… well you get the picture or the reflection.
commented 2016-08-24 13:35:12 -0400
In this time of economic downturn in Alberta. If the N.D.P. government lives up to it’s policy of fairness
they could pass a law stating the maximum salary of the government and civil service should be capped at a maximum of $50,000.00 a year until the price of oil goes up to $100.00 peer barrel. Hard time for everyone.