By Letter to the Editor on April 13, 2019.
Another provincial election is upon us. Any person who thinks we’ll elect a government that every Albertan will approve of is living in La-La Land.
Peter Lougheed, in my opinion, was the most principled visionary, with what appeared to be an honest desire to allow all Albertans – not just the well-connected and “elite” – to a secure, financial future. He was the best Conservative leader Alberta is likely to see in the foreseeable future. He established the Heritage Fund which, if kept up and built upon, would have made Alberta the most prosperous province in Canada.
Lougheed was not perfect, nor was he a god, but he did a great deal of good during his time in office. Each successive Conservative government has chipped away at the legacy he left. There have been excessive wage increases for MLAs, excessive spending and entitlements that mystify logic. Today’s Conservatives are more interested in convincing everyone that they have a magic formula that eludes others.
Free market economy, trickle down principles and balancing the budget at any cost will, of necessity, mean severe cuts to services. A reversal of the huge wage increases, prudent spending and good common sense could achieve the same results without the inevitable pain to ordinary citizens.
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