April 13, 2015

Alberta election: Jean accuses Prentice of budget "bait and switch"

Marc PatroneRebel Commentator

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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commented 2015-04-13 21:32:10 -0400
Who cares if he has a better plan? Gotta teach PC humility, Period.
commented 2015-04-13 14:09:43 -0400
Marilyn, that is a good idea.
commented 2015-04-13 14:08:32 -0400
Watch the main stream media twist and contort Brian Jean’s words to make him sound like an extremist right winger. They hammered on the Wildrose last election and consequently influenced the outcome of the election by painting a narrative that the Wildrose was some sort of extremist right wing group. They will do their creepy manipulation again this time too.

Brian has to make it plainly clear, by repeating it every time he opens his mouth, that he is not going after the front line public sector workers by after middle management because he is going to need the public sector on his side or he does not stand a chance, just like in Ontario with Tim Hudak.

And if the Wildrose candidates can keep the foot-in-mouth disease from getting out of control, they just might pull off a minority government, may be even a majority.
commented 2015-04-13 13:45:14 -0400
I think Brian Jean talks a lot of sense and truth. Maybe he could appear in video on The Rebel to more efficiently explain his ideas for a better, more efficient Alberta. The PC’s absolutely must have a strong opposition to prevent them from running further amok.
commented 2015-04-13 11:59:02 -0400
Liars and Thieves plotting cuts and kickbacks on every deal the government has a hand in. I’d like to see women elected who have raised children to adulthood with no criminal record. They would do what is best for the generations to come vice line their own pockets. The only qualification for election should be demonstrated leadership, ability to put others long term interests first, and the ability to self discipline under extreme pressure. Mothers of adult aged children if you have a little time to improve this province for your kids and grandkids…you have my vote of trust.
commented 2015-04-13 11:50:01 -0400
Just think of the amount of money that could be saved, if the government just got rid if IN and OUT baskets!
commented 2015-04-13 11:33:59 -0400
Prentice cut about 0.7% of the budget.
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