Sometimes Question Period is downright funny. Witness this exchange on the provincial debt between Opposition Leader Danielle Smith and Premier Redford.*
Ms Smith: In Medicine Hat earlier this month the Premier said this about debt: it’s not debt; it’s hope. So let’s take some of the Premier’s other quotes and sub in “hope” for “debt” to see if that sentence makes sense. First: Alberta does not have hope, and we will not incur hope. Then there’s this: we cannot come out of the current fiscal situation with hope. And a PC campaign ad: Albertans want to know that we’re not going to have hope.
To the Premier: if debt is hope, when can we once again expect to be hope free?
Ms Redford: You know what, Mr. Speaker? There are incredibly important issues that we need to talk about in this House, and it’s a shame that the opposition won’t take them seriously. I stand by what I said. What we build in Alberta by putting in place infrastructure is schools and roads and health care facilities that matter to the quality of life for Albertans. We have a plan to build Alberta, to rebuild Alberta. We are committed to that, and that is what matters to Albertans, not this.
Or maybe we should just be committed and be done with it.
*Hansard, Oct 28, 2013, p 2485