MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat Drew Barnes is coming to Lloydminster to talk to residents about what the UCP can do to ease their financial concerns.
“The NDP has raised all of our tax rates and a result has been they’ve collected considerably less tax revenue because they’ve destroyed so much of our wealth and our income,” says Barnes. “I want to talk to people in Lloydminster and area, I want to talk to Albertans about how fast they think we should balance the budget.”
The Shadow Minister of Finance for the United Conservative Party says people, especially his constituents know the importance of a strong economy and free enterprise in order to afford the services they need.
“Very concerned that the NDP has put us $60 billion in debt in just three years headed towards a $100 billion if they’re reelected. They’re very concerned that were over a $100 million a month in interest expense now and they know investment in oil and gas has dried up. They know that it’s dried up only in Alberta. Those investment dollars are going towards Saskatchewan or they’re going to American states.”
He says one of the ways to tackle the provincial debt is pipelines, including Trans Mountain.
“Our oil and gas and our agriculture is the way out of this financial mess that the NDP and Rachel Notley has got us into. If we can have access for our good oil and gas producers to the Asian markets, to the American markets that’s our way to build wealth so we can create jobs and so we can have programs to get out of this.”
Barnes will make nine stops across Alberta over three and a half days. His stop in the city will be on September 26 and the rest of the details are still being worked out.