Dr Swann Debates Bill 30 – Investing in a Diversified Alberta Economy Act – 28 November 2016

Taken from the Alberta Hansard for Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Bill 30 – Investing in a Diversified Alberta Economy Act (Committee of the Whole)

Dr. Swann: Thanks very much, Madam Chair. I’ll be brief. One of the big questions about this government’s policies has been accountability. There’s a lot of spending, a lot of borrowing, and a lot of investments that need transparency and need accountability. Given what I’ve seen from this minister so far, I’m very encouraged that he will indeed want to both say that he stands for transparency and accountability and demonstrate that he stands for transparency and accountability.

It’s one of the constant bugbears of governments everywhere that there’s a difficulty in showing us the books and demonstrating both the costs and the benefits to Albertans and, in this case, small businesses, employment, diversification. Show us the impacts of these what look to be, on the surface, excellent incentives, excellent investment stimuli.

I’ll certainly be supporting this, and I’m hoping to see a positive response on the other side as well. Thanks, Madam Chair.