Redford approaches one year anniversary as premier
Published Sunday, April 21, 2013 6:44PM MDT
It's been a tumultuous first year in office for Premier Alison Redford, a fact reflected in recent poll results.
According to a Leger marketing poll commissioned by the Calgary Herald, more than 50 per cent of Albertans disapprove of the premier's performance.
Experts say the main contributing factor to Redford’s dwindling popularity is the unfulfilled promises made during her election campaign.
On the campaign trail, Redford promised a debt-free Alberta, a balanced budget, and increased investment in education and healthcare.
To date, the PC government has been unable to make good on Redford’s promises, a fact blamed on the ‘Bitumen Bubble’, and the resulting $6 billion shortfall in revenue, which led to cuts in vital sectors including education.
The Liberal opposition says the PC party needs to develop a safe plan for Alberta’s financial future in which the province is not vulnerable to unforeseen fluctuations in market prices.
"They had a choice they could either cut University spaces, support to seniors, cut support to people with disabilities, or rework our fiscal structure," says Calgary-Buffalo Liberal MLA Kent Hehr.
According to experts, the premier could be at risk of losing her leadership position within her party. Redford will face a leadership review at the PC’s annual general meeting in November.
With files from Kathy Le