April 13, 2015

Alberta election: Prentice vows to slash government expenditures by $8.6 billion

Rebel Staff

PC leader Jim Prentice denies suggestions he's all talk, no action on cutting the size of the bloated Alberta bureaucracy.

He hosted a candidates' rally in Calgary Monday in which he vowed to end the days of Alberta's reliance on the oil price rollercoaster.

Prentice also responded to attacks by political foes who accuse him of opting for huge tax hikes after giving the impression of being a fiscal hawk.

He vows to take a measured approach to balancing the books over three years but denies he's a slouch on the issue of dealing with government waste.

"It is a plan that will tackle waste and reduce the cost of government proposing over the course of three years to take a total of 8.6 Billion dollars out of the expenditures of government. This is a very significant achievement and it is something we are very focussed on doing so we have forward a focussed realistic plan we will tackle waste and mismanagement," says Prentice. 

The Wildrose plan calls for a balanced budget by the year 2017 in part by cutting managers, consultants and other 'paper pushers'.
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commented 2015-04-14 09:37:02 -0400
“How does this even make sense?!”

It makes sense in the “I-am-entitled” liberal mindset, blue on the outside & bright red on the inside.
commented 2015-04-13 23:08:30 -0400
They gave themselves a 30 percent raise and only clawed back 9!!! How does this even make sense?!
commented 2015-04-13 22:47:22 -0400
Exactly right, Valerie. Albertans, don’t be fooled. Only Wild Rose is conservative and only Wild Rose will get spending under control.
commented 2015-04-13 22:39:20 -0400
The only conservatives running in Alberta are in the Wildrose Party. All the other parties are either liberal or socialist.
commented 2015-04-13 21:52:25 -0400
Such crap! He was running around for months saying “the sky is falling” and I’m your man! I’m going to cut this “bloated govt” and all public employees will be cut by 5% across the board!! Then, as Brian has already said he pulled a “Bait & Switch”! Oh and this was after telling Albertans to “Look in the Mirror” to see who was responsible for the mess the PCs created! Then he completely collapses on all his promises and claims he listened to Albertans! If that was truly the case, Corp taxes & Oil Royalties would have increased! So now when Wildrose spells out what must be done, he accuses them of being “extreme or slashing & dicing”! This man may be a lawyer, but he sure blew it thinking Albertans were so dumb, that they wouldn’t notice his “Bait & Switch”!
commented 2015-04-13 20:34:45 -0400
“Wonder what his plan REALLY is…?”

To get elected at all and any cost. Promise anything to get re-elected. And then develop a severe case of Alzheimer just after the election.
commented 2015-04-13 20:34:19 -0400
I’m sure he’s being paid very well for such lies and hypocrisy. I sure hope he’s saying goodbye come the 5th of May.
commented 2015-04-13 20:25:56 -0400
If Prentice had REALLY wanted to cut the Wildrose off at the knees, he would have brought his plan out in the “new budget”. He’s blowing smoke, trying to play catch-up…
commented 2015-04-13 20:00:10 -0400
It doesn’t take an expert profiler to tell Prentice is lying … hid lips were moving … he also looked or tilted his head down and to the left (sinister) side.
commented 2015-04-13 19:52:58 -0400
Funny how Mr Prentice waits until the Wildrose comes forward with its platform to slash upper-middle management of various branches of the bureaucracy (and lambasts them for being reckless and irresponsible)… then comes forward with a plan to cut over $8billion from the budget? And after planning to raise taxes everywhere and borrow incredibly? Wonder what his plan REALLY is…?
commented 2015-04-13 19:34:40 -0400
“Do it then. What are you waiting for?”

He’s waiting to be re-elected before he carries out that “plan”. But as soon as he is elected, or rather should he be elected, he will immediately forget about that promise.

These PC must go. Boot print their butts to the curb. Forty four years is more than enough. They need at least a couple of terms to think on their corruption.
commented 2015-04-13 19:32:32 -0400
No no no Egil, first we must elect them…THEN they will do it! Right.
commented 2015-04-13 18:35:24 -0400
Do it then. What are you waiting for?