Alberta’s new Prime Minister Daniel Smith will deliver his first live state speech on Tuesday at 6:30 pm Global News Hour.
That means provincial elections are just around the corner, with a struggling healthcare system and eye-popping inflation hitting Alberta hard.
Duane Bratt, professor of political science at Mount Royal University, said: “This is an important speech because it is her first and possibly only speech.
“Prime ministers and prime ministers don’t get on airwaves like this unless it’s important, unless it’s important.”
According to Smith spokeswoman Rebecca Pollack, she will “focus on the affordability crisis, delays in medical care and federal overreach.
“The prime minister will outline the government’s plans to address these challenges,” Polak said.
Blatt thinks it means putting money back in people’s pockets.
“This could include eliminating the state gas tax, which could include utility bill rebates and direct checks to Alberta.”
The LDP opposition leader is calling for similar things about affordability.
“Whether it’s utility bills, tuition, property taxes, car insurance, tax increases due to misindexing, she needs to talk about all that stuff. The UCP records that made things more expensive for families.
But this often requires money.
“The problem she faces is that Jason Kenny ran out of surplus money before retirement. said.
He suggests that one option to fund these commitments could be to borrow against the surplus Alberta projects in spring 2023.
In addition to affordability, Notley would like Smith to delve deeper into the issues plaguing healthcare, but Bratt finds that unlikely.
“It’s more controversial. This should be a good news release,” he said.
“It’s about seeming to do something in a tangible way that benefits the people of Alberta.”
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