Jeff Wilson the MLA for Calgary-Shaw bares the truth in this Member Statement to kick off the fall session.
Thank you Mr. Speaker,
In 2012, we in the Wildrose were asked by Albertans to serve as Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, and we have been diligent, focused, and principled in our service.
We have done what an Official Opposition is supposed to do on behalf of the citizens it serves: oppose, expose, and propose.
We have opposed on behalf of Albertans, but not simply for the sake of opposing.
We have exposed on behalf of Albertans, what will historically be considered some of the most egregious examples of waste and mismanagement this province has ever seen.
We have proposed on behalf of Albertans. With well over one hundred amendments to government legislation and put forward many positive policies, ideas, and solutions that put Albertans first.
Recently, we have seen many of those ideas and solutions implemented with great success and public appreciation.
Whether it is the lunacy around the government fleet, the pettiness of the license plate debate, or the reversal of the cold-hearted closure of the Michener Centre, it seems this government may be listening for the first time.
Following another Wildrose lead we see the promise of new schools and long-term care beds.
One can hope, for the betterment of all Albertans, these are real, genuine promises, that will result in real, genuine schools and real, genuine beds.
These are big commitments, and I would remind the premier that we will continue to represent all Albertans, regardless of who they voted for, as Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition holding this government to account.
Now, it is clear that the governing party is no fan of the opposition, and the Premier himself seemed to question the need for an opposition at all, calling opposition seats in this house “Misrepresented” – a startling reminder of just how arrogant this government can be.
Which is odd on so many levels, given the fact that without this opposition where would the governing party be?
Certainly not “under new management.”
Albertans deserve good government, and, Mr. Premier, they also deserve good opposition.
We have done our job; we’re waiting to see if you can do yours.