Alberta’s had four years of disaster under Rachel Notley's NDP and it doesn’t look like Jason Kenney will be able to deliver a quick fix.
Kenney won the premiership of Alberta in April, but has yet to deliver a budget — and bad news in the form of the MacKinnon Report was just delivered.
The Report was led by Janice MacKinnon, the former Finance Minister of Saskatchewan under an NDP Premier Roy Romanow. The vice-chair of the panel is Mike Percy, formerly a senior Liberal Party politician. Both are professors. There are a couple more researchers on the panel, including Dave Mowat, and eco-extremist I don’t like one bit — he's the NDP’s climate-fighting hero, who actually went down to an Al Gore training camp.
This ain’t exactly the Jason Kenney fan club. It's a multi-partisan group.
But they were unanimous in agreeing that the NDP have left behind a disastrous financial situation in Alberta.
According to the Report's recommendations to cut spending on everything from education to health care, Alberta is number one in the country for spending. And the number one for overspending.
Spending is one thing, but what about the earning money side? Not so good. There's been a decrease in private sector investment in every single year. Canada’s as a country is not doing much better, by the way, under Trudeau. But it’s moving slightly positive.
But there’s good news underneath all that bad news. The good news is — Albertans. There have been many companies that have gone out of business, or just left for greener pastures. But there are plenty of Albertans who have stayed. By being smart. By cutting things they had to cut, to avoid cutting the things they couldn’t cut. Alberta has been down before, and it’s come back.
This report gives Kenney the independent certification that he has to cut.
This MacKinnon Report provides the multi-party cover. This isn’t about the UCP, or the NDP. This is about fixing the whole province — the panel was unanimous in its advice.
Let me sum it up for you: Jason Kenney's government has got to cut, and with an axe, not a scalpel.
If it’s not done now, it will never be done. It can never be done.
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