Wildrose leader Brian Jean says Premier Jim Prentice may have pulled a bait and switch, selling Albertans on the idea of downsizing a bloated government then hammering taxpayers with 59 new tax increases.
Early in the election campaign, Prentice warned voters the Wildrose plan to cut government is "extreme" but Jean dismisses the charge as "ridiculous."
He says Prentice talked a good game about the need for austerity but either got spooked by bad poll numbers or pulled a bait and switch.
"He, for three months, told us all Albertans that we had the most expensive government in all of Canada and he was going to do something about it. And what did he do about it? Well he raised taxes on everything, 59 new taxes, 11.8 billion dollars in new taxes, the largest tax increases Albertans have ever had which is going to lead to the largest debt and deficit we've ever had, it just doesn't make sense and to suggest that we are going to make these draconian cuts is ridiculous," said Jean, who was in Stettler on Saturday.
He told the Rebel.Media the budget can be balanced without new taxes in part by cutting government "paper pushers" including managers, consultants and communications staff in the health care system and elsewhere in government.
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