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Prepare to head to the polls May 5, as Premier mandate. Rob Merrifield
Prentice has hit the campaign trail, immediately From the The plan is not without controversy and its by Adrienne Tait
following the early election call on April 7. Publisher’s Desk detractors. Included in the budget are a range of Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
On day one of the 28 day province-wide cuts along with various tax and fee increases.
campaign, the big blue bus made its second stop of Dana McArthur Opposition parties will no doubt put forward their
the day in Edson, before heading to Hinton, and plans to navigate the province out of the current Alberta organ and tissue
reaching Grande Cache where Prentice was raised. “What this election is going to be about is who's economic situation, and it's crucial that these other
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes Arrived at the Galloway Station, Premier Prentice planning for the future of this province and how are points of view be heard and weighed. donation –registry agent launch
addressed the gathering, “People ask me why we are we going to deal with the 7 billion dollar problem we But with less than four weeks to go before the
having an election now. Well, it's simple, Albertans have. It's easy for people to be critical but I am election, and opposition parties playing catch-up
Robin Campbell, MLA deserve to have a say on the plan we put forward. calling on anyone who wants to serve Albertans in getting candidates in place, it may not be enough Rob
West Yellowhead It's easy to criticize, but to have a plan that is elected office to put their plan forward and tell time – or much of a race for the leadership.
realistic that moves Alberta forward is what it's people where they would take this province,” said This may in fact turn out to be more of a race for Merrifield Man in the
about.” Prentice. the Official Opposition.
Red Hat
Tip forward in terms of the budget for this coming year PC's have brought forward a plan that proposes to opportunity to get out and vote, if you want your Member of Parliament for Yellowhead by Craig McArthur
“We need a plan, and what Robin (Campbell) put
Whether Albertans want the election or not, the
What this election call gives Albertans is an
Unpaid leave to
THE WEEKLY care for seriously of is really part of a 10-year plan for Alberta,” said balance the budget over three years, protect frontline voice to be heard, on the direction and future of this
ANCHOR ill relative the Hat Rob
Prentice.
jobs and the vulnerable, and have asked for a
province –an opportunity that should not be wasted.
Serving Edson & Yellowhead County for 26 years A child’s potential Letter to the Editor
Building Canada Plan Merrifield
is in our hands ‘Alberta's Second NDP Budget’: Taylor Member of Parliament for Yellowhead


Rob Alberta's Second NDP demanded spending cuts. deficit spending on a “healthcare premium”

Merrifield Views & News Budget H e h i n t e d a t t a x colossal scale. He now will not even be directed
increases—but promised
wants to deliberately put
toward healthcare.
Three-years ago,
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead by Deanna Mitchener Alison Redford tabled spending cuts. Alberta deep into debt. Every tank of gas or
her first budget. It was an Prentice even ponied This year he is going to diesel is now more
outrageous document up $100,000 of our tax rack up the single expensive. Yet spending
The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) is that the National Post dollars to get on TV. On biggest deficit in on MLA offices and
Letter to the Editor: a network of Albertans coming together to improve referred to as Alberta's television, he said his Alberta's history—all MLA budgets is up $54 Jim Eglinski 2015 Canada Day
health and wellness for everyone.
It starting with building strong brains from birth, first NDP budget. government "need[ed] to inclusive, that one-year million.
you just need to make connections with a child, Redford's PCs opened get [its] costs under deficit will be roughly Overall, spending is MP Yellowhead
spend quality time with them and have fun. the spending taps wide. control." $8 billion. still rising. Challenge
According to Alberta Family Wellness Initiative Per capita spending in Regardless of whether Prentice says by 2019, Prentice's budget, in a
specialists interactions with children are considered Alberta reached a record people agreed with Alberta taxpayers will way that has never been
'serve-and-return' because the back and forth nature $10,800, compared to Prentice's statements, his owe $31 billion. seen in Alberta's history, Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
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of a healthy interaction is like a tennis match. Every $9,000 in Ontario, and message resonated. The yearly interest on openly places a higher
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
time you share a laugh with a child, make eye $8,400 in Quebec. M a n y A l b e r t a n s the Prentice debt will be priority on protecting by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
contact, or have a conversation, you're practicing Redford projected a r e c o g n i z e t h a t $1-$2 billion, requiring the size and cost of
serve-and-return. great big deficit, yet government really is too taxpayers to shell out government than it does
“You may not realize it, but you have the ability happily insisted it didn't big and too expensive, billions in taxes while on upholding the fiscal
to improve health and help prevent illness in your actually matter because particularly at the very getting absolutely viability of the province,
community for decades and beyond. Playing with the PCs had a terrific top of the bureaucracy. nothing in return. o r e n s u r i n g t h e
kids repeatedly through childhood, strengthens their long-term plan. We now Yet when the time Prentice's budget advantages that for such
brains so they are less vulnerable to health problems know that Redford's came for Prentice to act established new taxes or a long time have been
as adults. The long term benefits are better physical long-term plan was a upon everything he'd hiked the rates in 59 tax unique to Alberta.
Alberta's Second NDP Budget health, improved mental health, and even the fraud, and that her been saying, he utterly categories. By way of Prentice is pushing the
Three-years ago, Alison Redford tabled her first budget. It was an outrageous document that the National Post referred to as prevention of addictions. Children are the next budget was a calculated and absolutely refused to example, the cost to province deeply into
Alberta's first NDP budget. Redford's PCs opened the spending taps wide. Per capita spending in Alberta reached a record generation of parents and business leaders, farmers a c t o f p o l i t i c a l act. No courage. When register a home with a debt, guaranteeing that
$10,800, compared to $9,000 in Ontario, and $8,400 in Quebec. and scientists, so it's important to guard all kids in irresponsibility. his budget rolled out last $400,000 mortgage will taxpayers will be
Redford projected a great big deficit, yet happily insisted it didn't actually matter because the PCs had a terrific long-term plan. the community against toxic stress to nurture their Last week, Alberta's week, it was revealed that quadruple, going from obligated to pay billions
We now know that Redford's long-term plan was a fraud, and that her budget was a calculated act of political irresponsibility. bodies and brains,” according to AFWI information. second NDP budget was the fiscal lion Prentice $290 to $1,230.00. The in interest. He's creating
Last week, Alberta's second NDP budget was put forward by Jim Prentice. “Building strong brains takes group work, they put forward by Jim had pretended to be, was single rate income tax, an ongoing financial
Originally, Prentice travelled the province telling Albertans that the provincial government was too big, too wasteful, and too are built by supportive relationships. That means it's Prentice. in fact, a whimpering six- which was a big part of debacle that should Keeping In Toucheeping In Touch
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expensive. He insisted that the looming deficit demanded spending cuts. He hinted at tax increases—but promised spending up to parents, family members, daycares, schools, Originally, Prentice week old kitten. the Alberta Advantage, cause every free-
cuts. community groups, building strong healthy brains is travelled the province Rather than address the is gone. Healthcare taxes minded Albertan to by GEORGE VANDERBURG
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
Prentice even ponied up $100,000 of our tax dollars to get on TV. On television, he said his government "need[ed] to get [its] up to all of us. AFWI is continually seeking to telling Albertans that the province's genuine fiscal will cost Albertans $400 shudder. MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
costs under control." bridge the gap between, what we know in science provincial government crisis that he had so million in this first year,
Regardless of whether people agreed with Prentice's statements, his message resonated. Many Albertans recognize that and what we do,” according to AFWI. w a s t o o b i g , t o o accurately defined, the kicker being that the Stuart Taylor—West
government really is too big and too expensive, particularly at the very top of the bureaucracy. To build or maintain a positive relationship with wasteful, and too Prentice instead made a PCs have already Yellowhead Candidate,
Yet when the time came for Prentice to act upon everything he'd been saying, he utterly and absolutely refused to act. No your child, make sure you build time into each day expensive. He insisted last minute decision to a d m i t t e d t h a t i t s Wildrose
courage. When his budget rolled out last week, it was revealed that the fiscal lion Prentice had pretended to be, was in fact, a CORRECTION to just enjoy them and have fun together. It can be a that the looming deficit embrace tax hikes and
whimpering six-week old kitten. In last week’s Viewpoint Column brief ten minutes on a busy day or a whole
Rather than address the province's genuine fiscal crisis that he had so accurately defined, Prentice instead made a last minute Katie Barnes job title was afternoon together when you have more time. The
decision to embrace tax hikes and deficit spending on a colossal scale. He now wants to deliberately put Alberta deep into debt. incorrectly stated. Katie is the key is to choose an activity that you both enjoy so
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