By Lethbridge Herald on April 17, 2015.
Today, NDP Leader Rachel Notley announced her plan to end political interference in Alberta’s infrastructure priorities list and protect frontline public services from Jim Prentice’s cuts.
“Albertans depend on our schools and hospitals for the high-quality education and health care that matters most to families,” said Notley. “But for years, the PCs put their own political interests at the top of the infrastructure list. It’s time to end the political games that too often decide when and where shovels hit the ground.”
Last year, the Ethics Commissioner found that Jim Prentice’s hand-picked and unelected Minister of Education used his office for “blatant political opportunism,” awarding modular classrooms to help his election campaign – and Jim Prentice remained silent. It’s just the latest example of how the PCs put their best interests ahead of Alberta’s families.
Today, Notley announced that the NDP will create a public Infrastructure Sunshine List to show how school and hospital projects are prioritized. She also addressed Jim Prentice’s promise to freeze salaries and hiring in schools and hospitals.
“Setting the right priorities isn’t just about infrastructure. It’s about delivering the public services that matter most to Alberta’s families,” said Notley. “Jim Prentice actually thinks he can build this province by cutting it down. He could not be more wrong.”
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