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Wildrose surge in Alberta worrisome for BC
Why British Columbians should care about the Alberta elections, Danielle Smith and the Wildrose Party.
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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