Ms. Redford’s Fudget-Budget: Not Open, Not Transparent, and Definitely Not What She Promised
Ms. Redford’s expectation that the price of oil would stay high (we’re currently hitting a nine-month low for oil), her spending promises be fulfilled, and that a PC government would be a stable choice for Albertans, has fallen flat. She ran on the regular non-Conservative spending sprees — even where doctors and front line workers said it wasn’t needed — , on not being “your father’s PC party,” and her party being a breeze of modernity to government. And she has fallen flat on her promises and aspirations. The Canadian Tax Federation alleges she even broke one of Alberta’s laws with respect to government transparency (although, she does dispute the claim by the CTF).
The Redford government has opted to lock down on their economic projections, keep the numbers away from the public, and virtually declare war on the public interest. Shutting down the ability of Albertans to know exactly what is going on with their government, the actions they take on in their name, and for a thorough level of accountability, Ms. Redford and Doug Horner has made way to lock down on Alberta’s financial reportings. An open, modern government does not undermine the basics necessity of information to inform the public.
It’s a fundamental betrayal of trust that undermines a thousand years of parliamentary tradition and stomps on the promise of a modern, open government.
This isn’t a modern, centrist government that does this. It is my father PC party.