During his recent visit to Wetaskiwin, Prentice explained he has witnessed candidates with long lists of priorities and promises. He has limited his focus to the following
Prentice has 5 key priorities for Alberta
1. A focused commitment to sound conservative fiscal principles. My government will present a consolidated budget and regular fiscal and infrastructure updates to Albertans. Under my leadership, we will not run deficits to finance the basic operations of government. The size of the cabinet will be reduced. Alberta will not have a sales tax. We will pursue a refocused and renewed capital infrastructure plan. We will implement a disciplined savings commitment for future generations.
2. End entitlements and restore public trust. The bond of trust between Albertans and their elected officials must be repaired. I will put an end to entitlements and I will work to restore the public trust in government. My government will introduce clear rules that are enforced with rigour and transparency; we will be accountable.
3. Maximize the value of our natural resources and respect property rights. The world needs more of what Alberta produces. My government will take action to maximize the value of Alberta’s natural resources for this generation and the next by establishing Alberta as an energy and agricultural superpower. Our economic future depends on access to global markets, labour, technology and long-term capital. I will put in place the conditions to help our natural resource industries meet these needs. But we will not forget where we came from; my government will ensure that landowners and our ranching and farming communities are able to defend their private property rights.
4. Establish our province as an environmental leader. If we’re serious about becoming a global leader in energy, we need to become a global leader in environmental performance. We will establish Alberta as a world leader in the protection of the environment. Alberta will enforce world class regulatory and monitoring standards by enlisting science and technology.
5. Quality of life – ensure Alberta leads in health care, education and skills training. Alberta is our home. Our province’s economic strength and abundance of opportunity means that we should have the best quality of life for our citizens. Under my leadership, Alberta will be the best in public education, public healthcare, skills training and care for our seniors. As a priority, we need new schools, our healthcare system has become too centralized and our cities and growing municipalities have challenges that must be addressed. We need to build Alberta for the next generation and ensure that we continue to produce and attract the best and the brightest. Simply put, we have the brains and the resources to make this happen; we need the will. And we need new leadership to get it done.