A by-election is scheduled in Calgary-Greenway for March 22 and all parties that have decided to enter the race have chosen their candidates. The NDP have chosen Roop Rai, a former radio host.
Not only did the candidate mention that Alberta relies 100% on oil, which is completely false, since about one quarter of the province’s economy relies on the industry, but what was worse is Rai’s husband recently lost his job in oil and gas - which she stated prompted her to run in the riding, suggesting that she’s running to collect the salary dollars.
On the minimum wage hike, the candidate admitted that small businesses are concerned about increases, but in the same breath mentioned that those businesses benefitting will be able to afford proper care for their families. It seems that the NDP is all about choosing winners and losers and in this case, the winners are the people that are lucky enough to find a higher paying minimum wage job.
Rai also mentioned that the NDP increase in corporate taxes was a good choice because the extra money goes to social programs that benefit the poor. But without investments, these so-called social programs suffer. And one of the more questionable comments made by the NDP candidate was that slashing healthcare and education would worsen the economy.
Here in Alberta, we’re used to public sector bloat. Over 10 years, the Progressive Conservatives squandered $49 billion dollars to public sector pensions and contracts that were double the rate of inflation. But NDP are even worse – take a look at the public sector job trends that are way up under this government, which means that Alberta will spend even more on pensions and contracts.
Like any time the NDP speak before they think, Roop Rai later admitted that oil and gas accounts for only one quarter of Alberta’s GDP. Rai may be able to take her words back, but the province can’t reverse the damage that has already been done by the NDP government.
And if this candidate is elected to represent Calgary-Greenway, we can expect more of the same.