EDMONTON, AB (February 5, 2019) – Five days in to the legal election period, when an election can be called at any time, and the NDP’s taxpayer-funded ad campaign continues unabated.
“Anyone who has watched TV or listened to the radio in the last month has seen the constant so-called ‘Made in Alberta’ advertisements. It’s time to come clean – how much is the NDP’s taxpayer-funded ad campaign costing Alberta taxpayers?” asked Leela Aheer, United Conservative Deputy Leader and MLA for Chestermere-Rocky View.
The NDP government’s most recent Budget put Alberta on track for a staggering $100 billion in debt.
“These taxpayer-funded ads don’t advertise a program or service that Albertans can apply for, their only purpose is to try and clean up the image of an out-of-touch NDP government,” Aheer said.
Last week, on the first day of the legal election period, United Conservatives announced the first election platform commitment: a law to ban governments from using taxpayer-funded advertising in the run up to an election, and from using tax dollars for clearly partisan ads at any time.
Speaking in Calgary, United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney announced that, if elected by Albertans, a United Conservative government would pass an End Partisan Government Advertising Act that will:
Empower the Auditor General to prohibit at any time government advertisements deemed to be partisan; and
Amend the Elections Act to extend the current blackout on non-essential government advertising during the election to include the “election advertising period” as defined by the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act, which begins on December 1st before an election year.