Video and Radio
In The News
Alberta's current unemployment rate is 7.3%, with thousands of Albertans unable to find work.
Many have stopped looking for new jobs altogether as Alberta's economy continues to struggle.
The NDP's so-called economic recovery is just a government talking point. The fact is, the NDP's plan to grow Alberta's economy and create new jobs hasn't worked.
While low commodity prices and a lack of pipelines have certainly contributed to our province's current economic woes, there is another reason why Alberta's economic performance has faltered.
Over the last three years, the NDP has made it clear that Alberta is closed for business. They've scared off investment, layered on red tape, and added significant costs onto the backs of business owners.
We've talked before about the many ways in which the NDP have made doing business in Alberta more expensive, from labour law changes and the $15 dollar minimum wage hike to the multi-billion dollar carbon tax.
But now we're seeing a clear alternative to the NDP's anti-business agenda that we believe will kickstart job creation and economic growth in Alberta.
The United Conservative Party has begun releasing policy planks ahead of the Spring 2019 Alberta provincial election. Here are a couple of the commitments they've made, which we believe will be effective in helping businesses create new jobs and attract investment back to Alberta.
1. Cutting the red tape.
There's nothing that left-of-center governments love more than government regulations. As former US President Ronald Reagan once said, "Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: if it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."
Layers and layers of red tape have made doing business in Alberta costly and complicated.
Businesses spend too much time and money trying to comply with the ocean of regulation that the NDP government have forced onto their backs.
The UCP's proposed policy of reducing government regulation by one third will both help cut costs for businesses and attract new businesses to Alberta.
2. Cutting job-killing business taxes.
Alberta's economic crisis was made much worse when the NDP decided to raise taxes on businesses precisely when they could least afford them. It told investors that Alberta wasn't the place to do business and drove up job losses.
The NDP's solution has been for the government to pick private-sector winners and losers by using taxpayer money to support certain projects over others.
The UCP's proposed policy of cutting the general business tax rate from 12% to 8% will create the conditions for businesses to create jobs, and attract investment back to our province. The government shouldn't be in the business of being in business - they should create the right conditions to let the private sector do what it does best: create opportunity and prosperity.
These policies were also advanced by our friends at Canadians for Democracy and Prosperity as part of their Open For Business campaign.
Ultimately, both of these measures are also about sending a message not just to Albertans, but to investors and entrepreneurs around the world:
Alberta is the place to come if you want to start and grow your business.
We believe that the measures being announced by the United Conservative Party are not only prudent but necessary if we're to resolve Alberta's ongoing unemployment crisis and kickstart our economy.
Alberta Can't Wait
Earlier today, Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley called the Alberta election for Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 27 days from now.
It's finally time for Albertans to choose their Alberta, and decide what's really important to them and their families.
You know the record of the Rachel Notley NDP, and the devastating impact they've had on Alberta's economy.
They've forced thousands of businesses to close their doors by hiking the minimum wage during one of Alberta's worst economic downturns and by changing labour laws to make doing business in Alberta a lot more expensive.
They've made life more expensive for families, seniors, and not for profit groups through their multi-billion dollar carbon tax, which hasn't reduced Alberta's carbon emissions by one puff of hot air.
They've driven investment out of our province by scaring away investors, layering on excessive red tape and regulation, and hiking business taxes.
They've made government bigger and more expensive, putting their union friends and allies ahead of the needs of hard-working Albertans.
They've mismanaged Alberta's pipeline projects by partnering with the anti-energy Trudeau Liberals and being too timid to strongly stand up for Alberta interests in Ottawa.
They've appointed anti-oil zealots to groups supposedly tasked with promoting Alberta's energy sector over and over again.
They've put their own strident ideology ahead of the wisdom and common sense of everyday Albertans who have suffered as a result of the NDP's commitment to special interests.
They've spent millions of taxpayer dollars on a government advertising campaign on the eve of an election that was nothing but an NDP campaign in disguise.
And they've led a government filled with unremarkable MLAs and Cabinet Ministers who nobody expected would ever hold the important positions they ended up in after accidentally winning the 2015 campaign.
The alternative is the United Conservative Party, which has put forward a series of bold policies that will help kickstart the Alberta economy and boost job creation.
They've committed to cut business taxes to create jobs and attract new investment to Alberta.
They've committed to cut red tape to make it easier to start and grow businesses in our province.
They've committed to repealing the multi-billion dollar carbon tax that has hurt families and businesses.
They've committed to fighting for Alberta's interests in Ottawa and being real champions for our province.
And they've made it clear that under a new UCP government, Alberta will be open for business.
This is the choice that Albertans will face in 28 days.
Do we want to be the best province in Canada in which to start and grow a business, and raise a family?
Or do we want Alberta's best days to be behind it, and to sink ever deeper into a sea of debt that will burden our children and grandchildren?
It's our province. It's our decision. And it's time for Albertans to choose.
Alberta Can't Wait