“He’s done exactly what he said he would do,” said Duane Bratt, Chair in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University
Since being sworn in on April 30, Kenney’s government has met about 60 of the UCP’s 375 campaign commitments.
“Premier Kenney had a very active 100 days,” Bratt said. “He called it the ‘summer of repeal’ and there was a lot of action. He repealed the carbon tax, reduced the corporate tax.”
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Kenney called the former NDP government’s carbon levy a ‘job killer.’
And he claims lowering the corporate tax rate from 12 to eight per cent over four years will help create 55,000 jobs.
The government has also rolled back MLA pay by 5 per cent, appointed a blue-ribbon panel to review government budgeting, created a ‘war room’ to fight public relations campaigns of those who are ‘engaged in a highly coordinated foreign-funded campaign of defamation against our energy industry.’
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Most of Kenney’s pre-election promises have yet to be met, but Bratt said that is no surprise.
“You campaign on a very large manifesto. It’s only been three months, it’s tough to do everything in that three month period. They did the high-button items, the most important items that they campaigned on.”
There has also been stiff opposition from various special interest groups.
Kenney has alienated many within the LGBTQ community for changes to the school act which will affect the way parents could be notified about students who participate in Gay-Straight Alliances.
Unions are angry with changes to labour laws and speculation Kenney plans to make big cuts to government services and attempt to lower public service wages.
On the spending side, it will be a few months before we get a clear picture of whether or how deep the UCP government plans to cut.
Kenney says his government won’t introduce a budget until after October’s federal election.