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Alberta Party critical of Wildrose effectiveness as Opposition

Posted on April 18, 2017 by Michael Gaudet

EDMONTON, AB – The Alberta Party is showing the Wildrose Party how to actually be an effective opposition. 

With Brooks-Strathmore MLA and Shadow Finance Minister Derek Fildebrandt’s statement that “social issues aren’t in the top 100 reasons he ran” it has been a curious two weeks of behaviour from the Official Opposition.

Initially Brian Jean took a stand contrary to that of newly elected PC Leader Jason Kenney on the outing of youth who join Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs). Facing backlash from his core supporters, he walked back his statement and stated that it would be in the best interest of parents to out their children when they joined or asked to form a GSA. 

On April 4th, 2017, it came to light that Medicine Hat WRP Constituency President Maureen Prince compared the government stance on GSAs to Canada’s residential schools program and the forced sterilizations of developmentally handicapped people (eugenics). 

On April 6th, 2017 Drayton Valley-Devon MLA Mark Smith made this member’s statement, in which he derided Education Minister David Eggen’s directive to not out students who join a GSA. 

On April 7thCardston-Taber-Warner MLA Grant Hunter, made this Facebook post in which he challenged Wildrose Party Leader Jean, and advocated for his followers to donate to Parents for Choice in Education, which is supporting the efforts to out vulnerable youth.

Then, on April 10th at least 7 Wildrose MLAs wore this button in the legislature that references the common theme of including parents in GSAs, against the recommendations of experts.

Within two weeks, the Wildrose and their surrogates have managed to partake in 5 public acts of advocacy against a law that was passed by the previous PC government with unanimous support in the Legislature.  

For a party that claims to be focused on the economy, in just the past two weeks, the Wildrose have made five more statements on social policy than they have released proposals for alternative budgets. 

Not only does their stance harm at risk youth, it confuses Albertans as to where their real priorities lie. 

We call on the Wildrose Party to invest their efforts into proposing policy alternatives to the NDP’s reckless deficit budgets so that we can see how they plan to deliver on their promise to balance Alberta’s budget. 

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