Read on and get out there and vote!
Pundits say this blog is too long to hold an Albertans interest. I'm pretty sure Albertans will take out of it what they want and pass it on!
This legendary election has every chance of ushering in the Alberta Liberal Government and putting the Wild Rose Party out of its misery!
On Revenue: The Conservatives and Wild Rose parties are both centered on spending cuts. Both will usher in Private Schools all but doing away with the Public School System paid for by tax dollars. Big Savings! (See below)
Both will wipe out the pubic health care system as we now know it! The Conservatives made a a list of services to be de-listed (not paid by health care) This was done by the Capital Health Authority at the same time the Klein Drop outs who are now in the WRP camp were driving the privatization wagon. Danielle Smith refers to Sweden as being a health plan which "may" offer a solution. Otherwise she will go to her US roots and bring in a US system same as the Conservatives. See
The existing Alberta Health care system costs only a fraction of the system they want to bring in the difference being under the planned system, you will not get full coverage even privately; private companies can cancel without reason and will do so readily.
You will not be able to pay for your health care unless you are working otherwise, prices are huge plus the polices and your experience from work cannot be transferred to your own private coverage unless it is a bad experience in which case you can’t hide it.
Bottom line is the taxes will pay nothing; Big savings!
Health Links very much worth the read: 1,; 2,; 3,; 4,; 6,
School System The Conservatives have been moving towards a Private School system for the last decade. Both parties are advocating big cuts to expense, all coming out of your pockets by direct payment or by adding to the payroll costs. Again, both parties are on the same page.
Over the past decade the Conservatives have trained Albertans by having them direct their school taxes to a school of their choice. As in a Private School System if you changed your mind, the money stayed with the first school of your choice. Now, Albertans think this is just the way it’s done!
The Conservatives continue to build schools on the P3 plans. This makes them private properties which can be bought and sold at will. These same schools are routinely built too small. At some point very soon parents will have to make choices on where to send their kids or should they stay in the overcrowded school. You will be very surprised and feel lucky when a new, private school opens near you.
A broader easier routine was set up to start private schools and a curriculum that could be changed by those same schools. “What is the drawback?” you may ask.
Private schools have the option of cherry picking students as well as excluding those who do not meet their self determined bench marks. This allows them to score higher on achievement tests and then propaganda think tanks can then falsely claim that private schools are better, more efficient etc.
This serves to gut the public system that accepts all students but the increasing proportion of the remaining students do not have the same opportunities in many cases as those in private and religious schools. That way poor schools can get punished and claims can be made that teachers are in it for themselves, that that is the fault of their strong unions.
The things that make Canada, CANADA are on their way out under Conservative Governments! Really folks, there is not that much left now! Another decade may show us as another 5 States of the USA!
INCOME: Both Parties being Conservative view as necessary to make the province run on the income tax, licensing and other costs they have agreed with the oil companies on as being business costs. Both have said they are going to increase corporate and personal income taxes to levels competitive to other provinces. Get more money from taxation. Yes, Resource companies will pay more taxes too but because of their high profits more probably pay zero on a scaled tax. (Remember them saying do away with the flat tax?)
Both Parties are being paid for and are working at the convenience of the Resource companies. In return they have reduced our royalty to zero. It has moved down from 25% on a completed plant to zero now with the Alberta taxpayers paying the oil companies for the plants, construction, water, roads and power lines. We are paying them to take the oil from the province!
The oil companies are backing both parties; it means billions in profits to them annually. They don't care which wins!
What the numbers mean: Saskatchewan and BC collect 20% royalty on their resource. The Tar Sands output produces 1.6 million barrels of oil per day on average. (Production is way down now due to plant shut downs and repairs; Suncor have shutdown parts also but hasn't told the public. Conservative lies about increased production are just that; lies).
Using 100.00 US per barrel and collecting the same royalty as BC and Saskatchewan, Alberta is losing $322 thousand dollars per day on tar sands alone! Another 90 million dollars would come from Gas and Conventional Oil!
Over 400 thousand dollars a day ripped off the people of Alberta!
The Government won the last election because Albertans did not figure they could change anything with their votes! Consequently 22% of the eligible vote gave the Conservatives this major majority! If Albertans turned out, we would not have these problems! The Conservatives would have been defeated!
Legislation: The Conservatives have put in to all legislation this past 4 years the catch that the Ministers of the Government and the Government cannot be sued for anything, no matter what!
This is in their health care, finances; everything as individuals they are responsible for nothing!
The most outstanding is the CCS Carbon Capture and Sequestration legislation. Individuals in Alberta are ultimately responsible for any death or destruction that comes from this program not the Government or the Oil Company!
The program itself is a sham that puts at risk the Alberta Pension Funds invested in it! The gas is collected, pumped down Hole #1 into the oil strata where, as a solvent it mixes with the oil. It then returns to the surface through Hole #2 with the new oil. Reports from Weyburn Sask. Say “It vented for hours ahead of the oil, sounding like a jet engine”. So, down one hole and up the second taxpayers pay for the new oil; oil companies collect the profits.
Conservative News comments are now being plagued with nonsense posts same as the Federal Conservatives used on CBC last election. Nonsense names (usually 3 to 6) will jump on the board and type in nonsense comments; prattle back and forth.
This means only they are covering up a comment they view has harmful to the party. This prattle moves it two screens down or more depending. So, if you notice this type of thing go back into the comments further and you will see what they are trying to hide.
The NDP vote in this province remains a protest vote. It was; it is and it will be for years to come!
The Alberta Party simply does not exist yet.
Join me in voting Alberta Liberal making them the new Government of Alberta and set this province once again to be at the service of the people in it!