Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wynne, Ontario, Ridiculed by Opposition Wildrose in Alberta Legislature

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wynne, Ontario, Ridiculed by Opposition Wildrose in Alberta Legislature

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Wynne ridiculed in Alberta legislature


EDMONTON - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne came to Alberta to talk environment but instead found herself publicly ridiculed on the floor of the legislature as the leader of a failed, debt-ridden enterprise.

As Wynne looked on from the Speaker's gallery during question period Thursday, the opposition Wildrose party demanded to know why Wynne, a Liberal, was invited while right-centrist and next-door-neighbour Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was not.

"Invite Premier Wall here! Invite Premier Wall," Wildrose finance critic Derek Fildebrandt shouted at Premier Rachel Notley as she tried to answer a question.

At one point government house leader Brian Mason looked across the aisle at Fildebrandt and said matter-of-factly, "you are so tacky."

Fildebrandt held up Ontario as an example of what not to do in government given that Alberta is now moving to rack up high debt loads to pay for capital and operating spending.

"Currently Ontario has the largest subnational sovereign debt on the planet," Fildebrandt told the house.

"They're now even receiving equalization payments. It's an example of what happens when a government fails to get its spending under control."

Fildebrandt labelled Ontario's greenhouse gas emissions plan a failure and demanded to know if Notley supported it.

"For power consumers it's meant skyrocketing power bills, massive subsidies to unprofitable initiatives, and auditor general reports into billions of wasted tax dollars," he said.

Fildebrandt's comments had NDP members visibly seething on their side of the house. Wynne, for the most part, sat expressionless, save for the occasional wry smile.

Notley eventually had enough.

"In the past, when Alberta has actually been able to play a leadership role in the country, they have done so by being grown ups," she said.

"Just today we have had demonstrated to all Albertans very clearly why these folks over there (the Wildrose) are simply not ready to govern. …

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