Premier claims progress made in first year of power
It was top marks all around for the Tory caucus yesterday as Premier Ed Stelmach issued himself a glowing report card, claiming “outstanding” accomplishments during his first year in power.
“We’re showing progress in all areas,” he told reporters.
The 24-page report, covering issues ranging from quality of life to energy development, gives check marks to every single government priority — all 70 of them — as either completed or “in progress.”
When asked if there was any room for improvement in a particular government area, he deflected the problems associated with solving Alberta’s labour crunch to the federal government.
“(It would help) if there was one way of expediting the process, working with the federal government, to bring more people to the province of Alberta to assist us in critical human resource shortage,” he said.
“But again, it is quite complex.”
Opposition parties immediately attacked the government-issued report card, saying the Tories had failed to address housing shortages, health-care problems and concerns over Bill 46.
“The government did not live up to their own mandate letters, and also overlooked a number of other important issues,” Liberal Leader Kevin Taft said in a release.