Alberta Party leader Greg Clark stopped in Grande Prairie last week.
Roughly 30 people attended the Pints and Politics discussion at Better Than Fred’s.
Clark says if he were premier, Highway 40 would be a high priority for him.
“Getting that to be a safe, proper corridor that supports the growth that’s happening is a real priority. I’m really surprised to see it’s not on the NDP’s three-year capital plan. Given the amount of money they’re spending on capital, you would’ve thought that would be something we see, and it isn’t.”
He adds “the heart of the economic recovery is happening right here. I don’t think a lot of Albertans understand that I sure do and it’s an area of the province I like to come to, frankly because it is just a beautiful place, but there is also a lot going on here and I think Albertans need to know that.”
There are a few other things Clark would make changes to.
“I think the first thing we need to do is constrain public sector spending by one per cent a year for four years. That’s what our shadow budgets have called for going back now for three budgets. Had they done that, the NDP would find themselves in $3 billion lower deficit today than they are now,” he said. “I think a revenue-neutral carbon tax can work. It would stimulate innovation. Alberta, with our entrepreneurial spirit and our highly technical and innovative population, could do very well in continuing the success of our oil and gas industry and innovating and creating jobs in the new economy. It doesn’t need to be either-or.”
“An Alberta Party Government would never cut education, would never cut post-secondary, would never cut K to 12. I think we would never cut frontline healthcare, but there’s an awful lot of work to do inside healthcare to manage the bureaucracy and make it more efficient.”
The Alberta Party has quickly gained steam following the merger between Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party and the Wildrose Party. Memberships are up as many feel politically homeless.