Hi, i live in a pretty rural area of Alberta so i hear a lot of people talk about how Notley is devastating the province, but none of them actually talk about specific things she's supposedly done. Like I've heard about a few things i could see conservatives not liking, but cant seem to find anything all that substantial. I'm just wondering if you know what specifically conservatives are so upset with (other than a woman NDP leader, tho i could definitely believe its literally just about that).
The Conservatives main issues with the NDP in Alberta seem to be:
1. That they’ve driven up the provincial debt.
This is true, but this is a case of blatant fear mongering by the right. The reason why the debt has gone up is because the NDP has refused to resort to austerity and cuts to social services to balance a budget.
Saskatchewan and Newfoundland/Labrador did resort to austerity to balance the budget, and it wasn’t pretty:
And for all the hot air over the deficit, its not as bad as Conservative make it out to be.
And they still will balance the budget within a few years (if they remain in power until then):
2. Another complaint from Conservatives is that its the NDP’s fault that Alberta has been going through a recession.
This is also false. The main cause of the recession in Alberta was due to low oil prices, and a failure on the Alberta PC’s to diversify the economy (The PC’s had 40 years to do this).
This is from 2014 (before the NDP was elected!):
3.And for all the complaints about the NDP’s policies, this doesn’t seem to be holding much water either. Alberta’s economy is actually recovering now:
4.The other complaint I see is that the NDP hates the oil industry, which is laughable at best:
I may not be a big fan of the oil industry, and I disagree with the Alberta NDP in this area, but they’re pretty gung-ho about the oil industry.
-Currently there are 3 oil pipelines that have been approved that will ship Albertan oil. A large part of that likely came from Alberta’s lobbying of the federal government.
-Alberta’s climate change plan was developed in coordination with the oil industry.
-Alberta says the oil sands will grow: