Wall distracting from the real issues: Broten


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November 4, 2014 9:38 AM

Leader of the Official Opposition Cam Broten - Christopher W. Brown Photo

The leader of the official Opposition was back in Lloydminster on Friday, canvassing with NDP candidate Wayne Byers.

Broten spoke with reporters about the recent comments Premier Brad Wall made about resource royalties,” Broten said.

“Mr. Wall is making stuff up to try and distract people from the poor job that his government has done trying to meet the needs for the people of Lloydminster.

“(Wall) is happy to crank out the self congratulatory news releases about provincial stats, on revenue being created, but what this government is forgetting to do is make sure that the people of Lloydminster are benefiting from what is going on.”

Broten slammed the premier over his accusation that the NDP want reviews on royalties.

“What this is, is Mr. Wall trying to distract people from the what matters most, and where the concerns are,” he said.

“This is what I’m hearing from people every time I’m here in Lloydminster.”

Broten said that the province needs an approach to resource royalties that is predictable and has no surprises.

“We need an approach that would allow the industry to do well, and for people to do well,” he said. “That means having regular reviews so that industry can plan and make the right investments in infrastructure.”

He added that he sees this current government’s approach as one that is laid back, and accuses the government of creating uncertainty for companies.

“They approach it by saying that everything is fine and then just suddenly one day springing a review on the industry,” said Broten. “That is what creates the uncertainty, and it doesn’t do well for the industry.”

Broten said that he is in favour of continuous development.

“I want to see continuous development, I want to see things to progress and improve.”

Byers said that he’s surprised to hear about this issue, because the last time the structure changed was under a NDP government.

“I’m surprised to hear about this so-called debate on royalty structure, as far as I know the government hasn’t changed any of the royalty structures since the NDP were in power,” he said.

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