Citing broken promises of the Alberta PC government, rally partakers had the chance to whack them. Guest whacker here is Rachel Notley, NDP MLA for Edmonton-Strathcona.
Some of those broken promises have been (written by Albertans):
- Allison Redford promised to take care of Alberta's most vulnerable citizens. These 60 million dollar cuts to PDD programs fly in the face of that
- The PCs said they would make strategic cuts to ensure that the vulnerable are least affected
- 'A promise to reinvest in post-secondary education became a seven per cent cut to operating grants for schools.' HuffPost
- The Closing of Michener Centre without consultation and/or conversation with guardians, families and residents. This abrupt decision after numerous assures over the past five years given by the PC government that, "No Michener residents would be forced to leave." That is a BROKEN PROMISE.
- To have meaningful consultations with First Nations groups about how they would create policies on Duty to consult in regards to Land claims and Aboriginal rights which was broken
- Cuts are threatened to music and arts programs (for e.g. MRU in Calgary Jazz Program and music programs in the public schools) despite Allison Redford's own arts and culture policy at her election as Tory Leader stated: “The arts are just as important as bank balances or bottom lines and as Premier, I will give them the firm support they have lacked so long.” In addition to this statement, she acknowledged that in 2009 the Alberta Foundation for the Arts disbursed $35 million in grants, creating $235 million in direct economic activity and over 5,000 full- and part-time jobs--more than 6 times the return on the government's investment in arts and culture.
- The Insulin Pump Promise
- The government promised that their assessments of Individuals receiving PDD funded supports would NOT affect their funding. Based on the projected budget cuts, that was 100% a lie.
Whack-a-Broken-Promise Mockbooth at the May 25th rally, Block (the) Party outside the PCAA policy convention.
For more info on the event please see: http://pialberta.org/content/block-party