Ralph Klein has reportedly made former Deputy Minister of Finance Peter Kruselnicki his new Chief of Staff. Kruselnicki replaces outgoing COS Rod Love.
Kruselnicki has a reputation around Alberta government circles for being hard-nosed and aggressive, and was around when all the good things happened in Alberta (those were the days, eh?).
We can only hope that he will play a role in tax cuts that have been trial ballooned by Premier Klein of late.
Of course, Kruselnicki is a regular reader and we have some suggestions for him now that he has the undivided attention of the Premier.
1. Protect taxpayers with legislation, to require that a referendum be held prior to the introduction of any new taxes or tax increases. This would fulfill a long-standing promise of Premier Klein, and would accord with the wishes of 83% of Albertans.
2. Control spending with legislation. Alberta’s spending on government programs is up 90% in eight years, compared to 15% population growth and 23% inflation.
3. Reduce Albertans’ tax burden by $1.5 billion, by abolishing the health care premium tax ($893 million) and the 3% hidden sales tax on insurance ($191 million), and allowing parents a per-child tax exemption ($200 million) and reducing provincial property tax by one sixth ($200 million).
4. Abolish the health care premium tax for all Albertans. Abolishing this tax for seniors was a small step in the right direction, but a family with children, earning $35,000 per year, must still pay $1,056 per year.
Come on Peter, you know you wanna!
Update: Rod Love is reportedly leaving Klein's government to work for Jim Dinning, the next Premier of Alberta.