The All Candidates Debate for Calgary-Greenway occurred over the weekend, with hopefuls from the Green, Liberal, NDP, PC and Wildrose parties, along with independent candidate Larry Heather in attendance.
It was a packed house and the debate was less than uneventful with the crowd booing NDP candidate Roop Rai when she called the carbon tax a “levy” and suggested it was needed in order to sell our oil and gas products to the global market. She also made a comment about successful job creation plans and that the NDP are working hard to give small businesses a boost.
Rai obviously didn’t get the memo that the carbon tax is actually driving business away from Alberta and away from the nation. Alex Ferguson, Vice President at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers echoed that sentiment and stated that expediting the approval of pipelines would improve investor confidence.
And the candidate also didn’t mention that the NDP’s $178 million job creation plan didn’t create a single full time job and has been cancelled. Amber Ruddy from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business also says that program won’t help small businesses, but tax cuts will.
I tried to catch up with Roop Rai after the debate and give her a chance to clear up some of her misconceptions, but she told me she had some personal matters to attend to.
In her closing statement, the candidate said she felt she had been attacked throughout the afternoon, which isn’t surprising since not one of the NDP’s policies has worked for Albertan’s – and people want answers.