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Premier pops in on Stephen Khan’s party

Hancock says party must deal with big-picture issues

By: By Brian Bachynski

  |  Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 06:00 am

ALBERTA VALUES – Premier Dave Hancock spoke to PC Association members last Friday at the St. Albert Inn and Suites.
ALBERTA VALUES – Premier Dave Hancock spoke to PC Association members last Friday at the St. Albert Inn and Suites.
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Premier Dave Hancock says caucus diversity is the key to good government, and he refuted media reports that the Tories suffer from infighting.

“The media, from time to time, has reported cracks and divisions in caucus,” Hancock told a sold-out crowd attending St. Albert PC Association’s annual fundraiser for St. Albert MLA Stephen Khan at the St. Albert Inn Friday night.

“The reason we’ve delivered good government for 43 years is that we have a diverse caucus with good discussion about issues. We consult with constituents and bring issues to the table. That’s the way good government works.”

Without referring directly to former Premier Alison Redford, Hancock said issues of government travel and expense claims have been a distraction to dealing with what he called “big picture issues.”

“Your caucus knows and understands that we need to be working on big picture issues; things like market access (for Alberta’s energy resources) and school resources so our kids can get the best quality of education possible,” Hancock said. “Issues of travel and expense claims are important … we need to deal with the big picture issues.”

Hancock added that people don’t get into politics for personal gain. When elected members travel, the public expects the costs to be within reason. He reminded the crowd that the Tories have strong fiscal values. “(It’s the) character of government. We have very strong character … strong members like Stephen Khan. We’re trying to do the right things for the right reason.”

The next several months will help shape the Tories’ vision as issues get discussed during the leadership race, Hancock said. “The new leader will have the party and government firing on all cylinders. There’s 100,000 people coming here (Alberta) every year. They know that this is the place that has the best quality of life. There are big issues. Your party, your government is getting it right.”


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