Albertans deserve action on problems
Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 01:33 pm
There has been a lot of tough talk by contenders looking to lead Alberta’s embattled Progressive Conservative Party over unpopular decisions, suggested culture of entitlement and the most recent revelations over former Premier Alison Redford’s travel habits
What Albertans deserve is tough action to ensure tax dollars and government resources are used appropriately.
According to a leaked report by Alberta’s auditor general, Redford’s staffers booked up seats on government planes when she was set to fly, only to remove the names from the flight manifest before the plane took off. This essentially would have allowed Redford or her entourage to fly alone. It’s also suggested the premier received a personal benefit by taking her daughter along on government flights.
For her part, Redford has said she wasn’t aware of the practice.
However, the provincial government needs to investigate the allegations and ensure government resources weren’t abused in this practice. The party’s problems extend beyond its former leader’s travel plans. There are several policy decisions that saw the PCs get where they are today, such as plunging the province back into debt.
Last week PC leadership contender Jim Prentice talked tough in Okotoks, saying he was “angry” and “unhappy” with the direction the party and province are going.
It’s tough talk, but the party and its eventual leader need to show they can get the provincial house in order and prove to Albertans they deserve to continue in office.