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Progress for Health & Seniors Care in Strathmore-Brooks

It’s important to give credit where credit is due. The NDP government’s October 27th budget contained in it plenty of bad news: record spending, record debt and higher taxes. Despite the bad economic and fiscal news, it does contain in it some good news that shouldn’t be ignored. During the spring provincial election, I committed […]

Budget Takes us from Bad to Worse

Alberta’s NDP finally introduced their long-awaited first budget on October 27th. It won’t come as any surprise to readers that as a fiscally conservative Wildrose MLA, I’m not a big fan of it, but there are many reasons that Albertans should be concerned. Before the budget was even introduced, Alberta was left a significant deficit […]

TPP Trade Deal a Big Winner Alberta, and Canada

On October 4th, twelve countries – including Canada – came to a final agreement on the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. This agreement is of huge consequence for Alberta’s economy and consumers, and is overwhelmingly positive for our province. This agreement will give Canadian exporters hugely expanded access to the markets of Australia, Brunei, […]

It’s Time to Stop the Blame Game & Solve Alberta’s Fiscal Crisis

On August 31st, the NDP government released its First Quarter Fiscal Update. That update is telling of the state of Alberta’s finances, and the picture isn’t pretty. The provincial government is now on track to record a massive $9.1 billion deficit, the largest by far in Alberta’s history. Unless there is a drastic change in […]

It’s Time for Alberta’s Government to Stand Up for Alberta

Most citizens expect their provincial premier to stand up for their province’s interests. It should go without saying that Alberta’s government should stand up for Alberta’s interests, but it’s a point that needs to be repeated right now. Nearly every economic expert in Alberta understands that building pipelines to get our products to market is […]

First Two Weeks in the Legislature

On May 5th, Albertans voted for a new government led by the NDP and for a larger official opposition to hold it to account, led by the Wildrose. I promised that we would work constructively together where possible, but be tough when necessary. We would not just oppose, but also propose. In short two weeks […]

Thank You Strathmore-Brooks

Thank you Strathmore-Brooks. I am humbled and honored by the trust that you have placed in me. To those who voted for me, I will honour your trust, follow through on my commitments and endeavor to earn your trust again. To those who did not vote for me, I will serve your interests in the […]

It’s time for change and renewal

On May 5th, Albertans will make a historic choice. Choosing a 13th big PC majority would mean $2,500 in higher taxes, a blank cheque to impose a PST, continued overspending, and continued corruption for the party’s cronies. It would be rewarding the same club that broke the bank during a period of record oil prices, […]

Government Should Lead by Example in Tough Times

Albertans are generous people – especially during tough times like these. We need to be: as oil drilling declines by 40% this year, people here are losing their jobs, or fearing for losing them. In fact, Albertans are the most charitable people in Canada, with the average tax-filer donating $2,289 per year. That’s far above […]

Wildrose Fiscal Plan Puts Albertans First

I’m proud to campaign on a positive platform for change in Alberta. Change that will see Alberta’s government work for its people, not for itself. Change that will see us balance our budget by 2017. Change that will roll back the largest tax hike in Alberta’s history, to get wasteful and excessive spending under control, […]