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Medicine Hat News (Newspaper) - March 28, 2015, Medicine Hat, AlbertaM Ain. 403 527 1101 c circulation. 403 528 5767 n newsroom. 403 528 news c classified. 403 526 sold City. A3 opinion. A8 sports. A10 classifieds. B6 comics crossword. A9 nation. A7 West. A6 world. A9 0 95225 87908 1 15 3 Good morning weather a4 phone us Index to the readers of the Medicine hat news including our valued subscriber Sheri Brusky 1400 Strachan Road be 403 526 6228 wow. Markcity Toyota. Ca wow. Toyota. Ca 41227386 03/ 28/ 15 84 Mth financing @ 1.99, $ 2000 Down 84 Mth financing @ 2.99, $ 2000 Down $ 196 biweekly inc. Tax $ 170 biweekly inc. Tax 2015 rav4 " All wheel drive no payments for 90 Days no payments for 90 Days 2015 Venza " All wheel drive last Day  award  winning Sale up to $ 1000 in no charge accessories with Purchase of any new Toyota $ 1.25 plus get $ 1.43 Friday saturday m Medicine a news. Com police commission will be part of province wide review by Alberta Justice a3 Elm Trees Spring summer trimming ban about to begin a3 saturday March 28, 2015 the Canadian press Edmonton with a Spring election widely expected Premier Jim Prentice began Selling his Tough love provincial budget Friday by promising not to waver from his Promise to fix the broken foundations of Albertas Economy. Despite leading a progressive conservative party that even Prentice has admitted broke Faith with voters in the past the Premier said that wont happen with him. People know me by my reputation by a lifetime of work that when i say i am going to do something i will do it said Prentice a former banking executive and onetime Cabinet minister under prime minister Stephen Harper. This is a Good budget plan. I intend to stick to it. Prentice has said its the first step in a 10 Yea plan to diversify the Revenue base and insulate Day to Day spending from the vagaries of Oil prices. He has also said the budget is so groundbreaking it cant be implemented without a mandate from voters. Nip Leader Rachel Notley predicted it wont be so easy for Prentice to extricate himself from the progressive conservative legacy in an election Campaign. She pointed out that calling an election now would already put Prentice in the pc Mould of breaking promises by taking voters to the polls a year ahead of time under Albertas fixed election legislation. An Edmonton lawyer is seeking a court order to prevent Prentice from doing so. Tom Engel says that As a taxpayer and a voter he expects the government to live up to the Law. This election is going to turn on not Only the credibility of the Leader but the credibility of the party that he leads and their past record for breaking More promises than they keep said Notley. Certainly Prentice has not shown a particular divergence in that path. See poly Sci Page a2 Prentice promises to hold firm on budget plan Alex Mccuaig Mccuaig Medicine agnews. Com twitter my Mccuaig since the gutting of the Wildrose party last fall that left the party rudderless when its former Leader Danielle Smith joined the ruling pcs the official opposition has been attempting to right the ship. By the end of today the Wildrose will have a new Captain at the Helm for what May be a Stormy election period. Linda Osinchuk Drew Barnes and Brian Jean will be attempting to steer the Wildrose Back to a position where the party will be a viable opposition. This May be Osin Chukes first foray into an elected role in provincial politics but she is no neophyte when it comes to Public service. The Wildrose candidate for Sherwood Park was formerly the mayor of Strathcona county and previously worked As a registered nurse As Well As contributed to a number of Community boards. Its important for the Wildrose party and the members to be brought together As a team and move Forward with a Good vision said Osinchuk. She said she is acutely aware of the challenges shrinking hydrocarbon revenues can cause As former chair of the Albertas Industrial heartland association made up of Many downstream Oil industries. Osinchuk said the party needs to develop a fiscal framework policies regarding the labour Market and instituting what she termed caring economics. See Barnes Page a2 Wildrose will have Leader tonight Collin Gallant Gallant Medicine agnews. Com twitter Colli Gallant local candidates for seats in Southeast Alberta Are reacting strongly to thursdays provincial budget. The Alberta party representative says it provides the same old Story from the ruling progressive conservatives. Wildrose hopeful Val Olson took to social Media saying that the new pc plan meant a huge deficit and higher taxes All in one. New democrats said the plan to raise personal tax rates but leave corporate rates and Royalty fees alone is unfair while Public spending cuts and fees target lower income albertan. The people i meet mind paying More to help out but now they feel singled out said Jason Solkofske the Alberta and candidate in Medicine hat. Reasonable people Are saying that the people who have gotten the tax Breaks in the first place should be helping out. Instead it is the Middle income earners that Are being pickled and died. The 2015 16 provincial budget is seen As a precursor to an expected Spring election and was eagerly anticipated As the province struggled to rework numbers after resource Revenue plunged in last autumn. It adds a health care Levy for those making More than $ 50,000 per year and adds 0.5 per cent to income tax rates on Money earned Over $ 100,000. That tax increase will Rise again in 2017 and 2018. It also raises a Host of fees and promises a halt to previously planned spending increases As Well As bring in new cuts. Prentice defended the document in a statement thursday saying measures balance the need for More Revenue with spending controls and in the Long term it will reduce the dependency on resource Revenue. We have told albertan that Tough decisions would be needed and budget 2015 reflects a balanced approach that will see us return to surpluses within three years said Prentice. Jim Black who is running for Alberta candidate in Medicine hat said Many of the cuts dont make sense and that he has heard about Long term stability from the government before. I May sound cynical but it sounds like a marketing ploy said Black who likened it to local infrastructure announcements in previous elections. They could Call an election before this budget is passed or debate it in the House and they re not tied to it anymore than they were to the Hospital expansion in 2008. See Black Page a2 opposition candidates none too pleased with budget Drew Barnes Linda Osinchuk Brian Jean betcha they Arentt golfing in Toronto. News photo Emma Bennett Cherrill Drysdale tees off at Connaught Golf club on Friday afternoon. Cloud rain showers and a High of 15 degrees is in saturday s forecast. Jason Solkofske Jim Black Jim Prentice

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