GP Wapiti MLA Wayne Drysdale says he is backing Calgary lawyer Doug Schweitzer in the race to be the leader of the United Conservative Party.
Drysdale says Schweitzer’s principles align with his own.
“The leader and the next premier of this province needs to be a young, dynamic (person) that understands the millennials and to move the province forward in a positive manner and to lower taxes, make us more competitive.”
He adds Alberta needs balance between the economy and social programs.
“We need the economy to drive the province and we need a strong economy to pay for the social programs. You can’t have one without the other and you can’t govern from extremes.”
Schweitzer calls the endorsement “humbling and amazing.”
“The experience Wayne has and the credibility he has in the community is well-earned. I’ve traveled the province and met a lot of elected officials. The way that Wayne conducts himself and engages in his community, I just think he is one of the top MLAs we have in our legislature.
He adds Alberta needs to get its financial house in order.
“So, what we’re proposing to do is to have a flat budget for four years, so the same budget that we inherit in Year 1 will be the same budget in Years 2,3 and 4. By doing that and offering the largest tax relief in Alberta history, we’re going to jump-start our economy, we’re going to grow our economy and we’re going to balance our books in that first term.”
Schweitzer says among the things he would do if he becomes premier is repeal the carbon tax.
“When it comes to personal income taxes, people making $100,000 and under will be a flat (rate) of nine percent, people over $100,000 a flat 10 percent. Corporate tax wise, we’ll take it from 12 percent down to 10 and we’ll cut the small business tax in half.”
Schweitzer has roots in the Peace. His grandparents on his Dad’s side homesteaded in the Hythe-Goodfare area.
The UCP leadership election will be held October 28. One-time Wildrose Party President Jeff Callaway, Brian Jean and Jason Kenney are also in the running.