The panicky PCs have a new campaign message: “Okay, voters, you dropped us 20 points in the polls so here’s your damn money back.”
Public forgiveness is not a sure thing.
At every stage of this scandal over the committee that paid for no work, Alison Redford’s PCs have only done what they were forced to do.
On the eve of the election call, after a vitriolic six-hour meeting of MLAs, they agreed to give back $6,000 – the pay since Redford became premier.
Only two days ago Redford was saying they weren’t paid from the moment she took office.
Not quite true. They were paid, the public found out about it, and the PCs rebated the bare minimum under extreme pressure.
Smith attacked the $275 million renovation of what is called the old federal building on the legislature grounds as “the Taj Mahal of provincial waste,” saying the money would have been better spent on schools, highway upgrades, hip replacements, cataract surgeries.
“That money is being spent so that PC MLAs can have bigger corner offices and a nicer view of the river valley,” Smith said. “It is emblematic of this government’s out-of-control spending that has evolved into a full blown spending addiction.”
Most other jurisdictions now have truly fixed dates. Alberta still does not, despite Redord’s leadership promise last summer.
Way back on September 23, 2011, Alison Redford called for fixed election dates.
“Redford told reporters in Calgary that set elections would allow Albertans to focus on issues and take away the political games that parties play when calling elections based on poll results.”
… careful work with the legislature calendar has given Redford’s Tory government unprecedented chances for cash drops of taxpayer bucks from a record budget into the electorate.
Asked where this week’s $182 million in extra-budget dollars would come from for an agreement with Alberta’s physicians, Redford said it wasn’t a problem.
Politically speaking, the past 6 weeks have been a disaster for the PCs.
How bad? Like Stelmach bad. There has been no clear and consistent message coming from them – it’s been reactive, tentative and at times just plain confusing.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford, who has yet to face the electorate, seems to be taking cues from the playbook of the Ontario Liberals.
Wednesday’s surprise pay deal between the province and the doctors raises an obvious question: has the government bought their silence during the coming election campaign?
“The fact that this large spending announcement came a matter of hours after the budget was passed shows that it was purely a political move.”