Notley announces NDP caucus pre-budget tour: “Setting the Right Priorities”

EDMONTON – NDP Leader Rachel Notley and members of her caucus will be touring cities across the province talking to Albertans about their priorities for the coming budget.

“This is about setting the right priorities for Albertans,” Notley said. “We want to hear from people throughout Alberta about how we can work together to strengthen our communities and our services.  The record of the PC government has left families and communities threatened with the collapse of oil prices. This tour will give us the opportunity to hear from people in all regions about their concerns and their ideas to move forward.
“Even though our province currently faces challenges – challenges brought about through PC neglect – we believe the way forward needs to be founded on principles of fairness, while keeping a keen eye on protecting future opportunities for all Albertans.”
The caucus will hear from invited presenters representing community leaders, economic development groups, not-for-profits, Indigenous organizations and trade unions.
The tour dates are as follows:

· Medicine Hat, January 28: 10 a.m. – noon at the Medicine Hat Public Library
· Lethbridge, January 29: 1 – 3 p.m. at the Lethbridge public library
· Calgary, January 30: 1 – 3 p.m. at the Kahanoff Centre
· Red Deer, February 9: 1 – 3 p.m. at the Black Knight Inn
· Grande Prairie, February 12: 1 – 3 p.m. at the Centre 2000
· Fort McMurray, February 20: 1 – 3 p.m. at the Sawridge hotel
Notley said that the caucus has asked presenters to discuss their priorities for the 2015-16 provincial budget and will take the opportunity to ask questions about how Albertans believe we should address the province’s revenue shortfall.
“We firmly believe that, together, we can set the right direction for the province—a direction that protects our future, invests in our kids and seniors, families and communities. I’m excited about the opportunity to travel the province and speak with Albertans about their priorities for the future of our great province.”
The tour will wrap up in Edmonton in March before the Spring Session of the Legislature.
Notley will be available to media prior to each meeting. The meetings are open to the public.