Raj Sherman, Liberal Party leader, courageously left the PC party over health care and the emergency room situation. His campaign and accusations of bigotry in the Wildrose Party resonated with his voters to the point that they ran in droves to the PCs. His Liberal Party, which received 26% of the popular vote in the 2008 elections, only netted 10% on Monday. His supporters found a new home in Redford's PC party or Brian Mason's NDP, which gained four seats.
Despite her majority, Redford has a few promises to keep. She must satisfy the environmentalists, get harder on the oil and gas companies in the province and meet the expectations of the national media. She has to find the money for her promises that clearly exceeded her budget. These include 140 family care centres, $650 Million in post secondary education investment,
Redford said the clinics’ cost will be borne by existing Alberta Health Services funding and won’t require additional government dollars.
She estimated the total cost of the clinics at about $3.4 billion but said that will come from the $3.9 billion already budgeted for primary health care.
“A very big part of what we want to do is change the way that we’re providing primary health care,” said Redford.
Savings will come from the clinics because they will use infrastructure that is in some cases underutilized and by bringing health care professionals together to provide services, she said.But Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said the clinics have been estimated at $5 million apiece and will cost an additional $700 million on top of the existing health budget.
Conservative leader Alison Redford on Tuesday announced a three-year, $650 million investment in colleges and universities across Alberta.
The money will benefit NAIT, NorQuest, the University of Calgary, Lethbridge College and Mount Royal University.
“There’s no doubt that post-secondary institutions in this province, no matter where they are, are the key to our future success,” Redford said at an announcement at Bow Valley College on Tuesday morning.
“We’re not just building buildings, we are educating Albertans and we’re educating future workers in this economy. … An investment in Alberta’s post-secondary infrastructure is an investment in Alberta’s future.”