Wildrose plans to push Alberta back in the right direction

By BRIAN JEAN, Leader of the Wildrose Party

Brian Jean

Brian Jean, Leader of the Wildrose Party

As we leave 2015 behind and enter 2016, I know and understand the challenges many Albertans and people in Fort McMurray are facing. Whether it’s fear over job losses, wage reductions or looming tax increases, many families are sitting around the kitchen table feeling anxious about their future.

But Fort McMurray is a community that will fight together through this and see brighter days. I’ve been tremendously encouraged by the increased giving and charity people here in Fort McMurray, and around Alberta, have shown to our community.

In December, Syncrude’s annual food bank drive brought in an incredible 84,000-pounds of food – responding to the record need facing the Wood Buffalo Food Bank.

We have also all been touched by the story of local firefighter Bo Cooper, who in fighting for his life. Fundraising has seen a quarter of a million dollars pour in to help support a needed experimental treatment to battle a rare form of leukemia.

As Wildrose Leader and Leader of the Official Opposition, we will press Alberta Health in an effort to support Bo’s treatment.

At the legislature, there is a lot of work ahead in 2016. Instead of taking a more moderate and balanced approach responding to the low price of oil, the NDP government has stepped even harder on the gas pedal implementing more of their untested ideological experiments on the backs of Albertans.

The cumulative effect of higher taxes, more red-tape and regulations on our main industries, and new measures that will hurt small business confidence are starting to have a serious negative impact on our economy.

Along with my Wildrose colleagues, we will work hard to push the government back in the right direction, oppose bad policy, but also put forward constructive solutions during this difficult economic time.

Along with my Wildrose colleagues, we will work hard to push the government back in the right direction, oppose bad policy, but also put forward constructive solutions during this difficult economic time.

Albertans will get to see whether the government is listening and responding to the ongoing crisis facing our economy in the upcoming budget, or stay stubbornly attached to an agenda that is hurting, not helping, everyday Alberta families.

On a personal note, I want to wish everyone in Fort McMurray a Happy New Year. Our office is always looking to hear from you and find ways to better serve you.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at fortmcmurray.conklin@assembly.ab.ca or at 780.588.7979.

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