Wildrose surge in Alberta worrisome for BC

Why British Columbians should care about the Alberta elections, Danielle Smith and the Wildrose Party.

(Page 3 of 3)

Danielle Smith – Wildrose

  • Promises to eliminate deficit and increase oil sands royalties to boost the province’s Heritage Savings Trust Fund to $200 billion within 20 years
  • Would address climate issues with tax credits to encourage citizens to make individual lifestyle changes, rather than broader policy action
  • Is looking at possible tax incentives to encourage private investment for processing bitumen in-province, as opposed to shipping it out raw
  • Also spoke about shipping oil east to other provinces, given the resistance to pipelines going west and south
  • Wants to dismantle the existing Alberta Health Services and decentralize health care to locally-managed hospitals and facilities
  • Would implement laws to protect “conscience rights”, allowing marriage commissioners to refuse to solemnize marriages for gay or lesbian couples

Alison Redford – Progressive Conservatives

  • Wants to seek Albertans’ input on the future of the Heritage Savings Trust Fund
  • Pledges to work with the federal government on coal-fired regulations to help decrease carbon emissions
  • Would implement a “Pan-Canadian Energy Strategy” to encourage inter-jurisdictional cooperation on energy policy and regulation
  • Promises to build a province-wide health network to help improve service and decrease wait times

More in Canada

The joy of giving

Science is now providing the evidence for what we have long held to be true: that it is better to give than to receive.

Amazing photos of September in Vancouver

Take a look back at September captured through the lenses of our VO Flickr Pool contributors.

A young Iranian helps Syrian refugees adjust to Canada

A young Iranian, himself, new to Canada reaches out to help Syrian refugees settle here. But with the war in Syria, tensions between Iranians and Syrians are rising. How will he succeed?
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.