EDMONTON -- Health care and education top the wish list that Albertans have sent the provincial government in the "It's Your Future" survey, said Finance Minister Pat Nelson on Sunday.
Nelson told CBC radio host Rex Murphy on the Cross Country Checkup program that more than 250,000 Albertans have responded to the survey.
Tax cuts trail both health and education in public priorities, she said.
"We haven't done the full analysis on it, so those are pretty premature numbers," said the minister. "But Albertans are pretty solid people and I have a lot of faith in their wisdom."
The overall message of the survey, she said, is "don't go crazy, don't go running up debt."
The provincial government launched the mail-in survey in August to ask citizens their priorities now that the province is nearly debt-free.
OK. The survey (which was a stupid, waste of money in the first place) found that Albertans put Health Care and Education as their top priorities. Good for Albertans! Despite all the rhetoric about tax cuts and legacy funds, I think this shows that Albertans have pretty good common sense.
Yet, Pat Nelson says that this shows the Tories shouldn't "go crazy running up debt". WTF? The survey shows that Albertans want more spending in two key areas and she's going to try and spin this as a not wanting more spending? Am I missing something here?
Ralph Klein is so out of touch with reality that it's scary at times.