The opposition Wildrose has taken the government up on its offer to respond to its televised address, with an address of his own.
While it wasn’t beside the kitchen table, Wildrose leader Brian Jean still made a point to reference it in his 8-minute address.
“Around kitchen tables, families have less money in their wallets and are now worried about a $3-billion carbon tax that they can’t afford,” he said.
Jean used the address to not only go after the provincial NDP, but also the federal Liberals, saying they don’t care about Alberta’s interests.
He also referenced the Wildrose 12-point jobs plan, which calls for a reduction to the small business tax and stopping the carbon tax.
Jean also had a blunt warning for Albertans.
“Taxes will be raised,” Jean said. “Not to pay for the programs we need, but to pay back the banks for the loans we take. We cannot spend our way out of a deficit and we can’t borrow our way out of debt.”
Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman responded, saying Jean is recycling ideas that didn’t win over voters in last year’s election.
“Referencing cuts of the ’90’s, certainly that was something that was being proposed at this time last year,” Hoffman told reporters Tuesday afternoon after seeing the address before it went to air. “Albertans had their chance to ahve their voices heard and the deep cuts that were being proposed, a billion dollars in health care and other ways, were certainly not supported.”