April 12, 2015

Alberta election: Budget may cost Prentice votes in Calgary's Chinese community

Marc PatroneRebel Commentator

 You usually don't need a fortune cookie to predict how Calgary's Chinese community will vote in Alberta provincial elections.

They've supported the PCs in the past and may again on May 5th but not all Chinese Albertans are thrilled with this budget, the proposed tax increases or the election call.

It's all happening too fast for some and the more cautious Chinese taxpayers want to weigh their options after considering all the facts, especially if they're being asked to pay more.

Ed Tan is member of the Chinese community and was the MC for an event in Chinatown where Jim Prentice was a guest.

He told me he was aware of the Wildrose proposal to balance the books without raising taxes but says it's too soon to judge whether it's viable or not.

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commented 2015-04-13 12:04:52 -0400
Michael Bergen – It comes up for me. If you’re interested, go to CBC news Edmonton http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton and search “Alberta Sunshine List” in the top right corner. That’s where I got it.
commented 2015-04-13 00:35:39 -0400
The link isn’t giving the list.
commented 2015-04-12 23:16:47 -0400
On a not-unrelated note, check out Alberta’s Sunshine List – public employees who made over $100,000 in 2012 and 2013:
Maybe we wouldn’t mind so much if Alberta was running like a well-oiled (pun intended) machine, but it’s not.
commented 2015-04-12 18:24:09 -0400
What became of Donald Duck? He could balance Albertas budget.
commented 2015-04-12 15:28:48 -0400
Kelvin, not only did Ralph Klein balance the budget at 35$ a barrel, but left billions in surplus! Remember those $400 Ralph buck bonuses every Albertan received. Michael I agree, the PC’s (since Klien) has made a mess of it. The balance there is way off, as in Ontario, and the gov.t is indeed a drain upon their economy. Its what that loud sucking sound is , Alberta’s economy going down the drain.
commented 2015-04-12 15:24:01 -0400
“Alberta election: Budget may cost Prentice votes in Calgary’s Chinese community”

Correction: Budget will cost Prentice… period.
commented 2015-04-12 15:22:22 -0400
Sorry for the sarcasm, but I get tired of hear how the Wildrose is “moving left” so one can no longer support them, or because someone in the party is too right wing, so one cannot support them, or none of them seem good so don’t vote at all. All these objections why one cannot support the ONLY conservative party out there. The Wildrose may not (and indeed IS not) the darling party the conservative minded Albertans may want, but truly, is there a better conservative party out there to vote for? If there is, please tell me.
commented 2015-04-12 15:17:03 -0400
PCs = tax and spend, spend, spend
Liberals = tax and spend, spend, spend
NDP = tax and spend, spend, spend
Alberta Party = tax and spend, spend, spend
Wildrose = no new taxes, cut spending on government & middle management public sector

Hmmm. . . which one should I support . . . oh, I know, I should vote for the party that takes more of my money so I have to make cuts in my daily budget (I love living a meager life style!) & so I cannot save for my retirement all so the public sector can retire with a wonderful pension using my tax dollars. Yea, that sounds wonderful!
commented 2015-04-12 14:59:01 -0400
The PC party was at the helm for the prior boom, and played and played with the public purse until the boom ended. They now insist on using the boom times as the basis for appropriate levels of public spending. How about you gear the size of the civil service to the size of private employment? If the total number employed in the private sector within the province is shrinking, or if the average wage is stagnant or dropping, then the government should follow suit. Government is a drain upon the economy, they don’t produce anything, they only move existing money from one set of hands to another (and it loses value with each movement).
commented 2015-04-12 14:55:04 -0400
I think if the wildrose stick to a Klien style of governance then we may be alright. Remember Klien balanced the budget on $35 a barrel oil, it can be done. BUT there is getting to be a sense of entitlement radiating across this country.
commented 2015-04-12 14:33:07 -0400
Prentice has given no one any time for proper sober thought. If I were still in Alberta I’d be voting Wildrose. There is no reason the taxpayer should have to pay the tab for past PC pillaging in Alberta. But since the bill sits on the table, they should be able to fairly expect a lot of gov. spending cuts. Until the PC’S prove they are a conservative party again, 1/ they shouldn’t be in power. 2/if they get in power they should not only stop the bleeding, they should make cuts, everywhere.
commented 2015-04-12 14:25:04 -0400
I am not sure that by cutting government spending will really be good too, on the other side of the coin and or more taxes will solve this oil crisis that were into now. Let us sit down first and think what are the pros and cons, the after effects. Neither what the Wildrose are saying and offering will be the good solution to this crisis. Let the Wildrose show first on the table what is the BEST alternative to what the Conservative are offering….or maybe other parties can offer the greater solution…
commented 2015-04-12 14:06:19 -0400
Good work Marc. The timing of this election really irritates everybody! Prentice, I’m not sure you can win an election on the backs of the taxpayer, we generally don’t vote for higher taxes, especially when little or no effort on your part to cut government spending(padding of pockets) is evident. You sold the royal planes, what else?