EDMONTON, AB (March 29, 2019) – Alberta’s NDP needs to come clean with Albertans about whether they plan on hiking taxes or whether their so-called “Path to Balance” by 2023 is a sham.
As the Canadian Taxpayers Federation highlighted this morning, the NDP have so far made $12 billion in spending promises. What’s not clear is how this makes their 2023 “Path to Balance” scheme possible.
“The NDP has made a series of contradictory statements over the last four years and it’s clear that they don’t have any credibility left on our province’s finances,” said Jason Nixon, United Conservative candidate for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre. “As our province approaches $95 billion in debt as the result of NDP mismanagement, we are calling on the NDP to come clean about their plan for taxes.”
NDP debt and spending
- The NDP have put the province on track for $95 billion in debt.
- This means that an Alberta family of four will owe $89,000.
Carbon tax hike on the horizon
- Election 2015: Carbon tax hidden from Albertans. No mention in 2015 NDP platform or during 2015 campaign.
- Budget 2018: NDP “Path to Balance” based on Trudeau carbon tax hike, moving to $40/tonne in 2021 and $50/tonne by 2022. Deny Albertans a say
- on further hikes: The NDP government defeated proposed legislation that Albertans have a say on future carbon tax hikes by getting a voice in a referendum – no surprise, all NDP MLAs voted against this. (April 16, 2018).
- Refusal to challenge Trudeau carbon tax hike: Alberta’s NDP government refused to fight or challenge the Trudeau carbon tax in court. Other provinces, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and New Brunswick, are challenging the carbon tax instead.
Changing NDP promises on a balanced budget
- April 19, 2015: NDP leader Rachel Notley promised that the budget would be balanced in 2017 (Global News, Apr. 19, 2015).
- April 21, 2015: NDP leader Rachel Notley clarifies that the budget would be balanced in 2018 (CBC, Apr. 21, 2015).
- October 27, 2015: In their first budget plan, NDP Finance Minister Joe Ceci claims “we will balance the budget in 2019-2020.” (Budget 2015 speech).
- March 22, 2018: In their most recent budget, NDP Finance Joe Ceci claims, “the province stays on track to balance the budget by 2023” (Budget 2018 speech).
NDP way off on tax revenues