Thursday, May 10, 2007

Compassionate Conservatism - Alberta Style

Alberta's government just told us everything we need to know about the Stelmach version of the Tories.

First, they passed a "housing bill" that does little to limit rent gouging going on in Calgary these days. They've made some lofty promises of putting money into the pockets of landlords to develop "new" rental properties, but if you are one of the tenants of an Alberta rental property, your rents are subject to the whim of the landlord - once a year perhaps, but at whim nonetheless.

Meanwhile, on the obverse side of that same coin, we find out from the Parkland Institute that Alberta's government is frittering away our future to appease the all powerful industry.

So, in Alberta, what passes for "compassion" is a half-baked government policy that that does nothing to protect people on the low end of the income spectrum, and similarly half-baked policy that further enriches the already vastly wealthy at the expense of average Albertans.

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