Thursday, February 14, 2008

Cost of election promises

There's an election going on here in Alberta. As such, the CTF has been attempting to track the spending promises of each of the main political parties.

On Wednesday, we released 4 lists of spending promises made by each of the four main political parties in Alberta. The updated lists can be found HERE. We also sent letters to each party leader asking for them to cost out these promises.

We were critical of the Alberta Liberals the most, for only costing out 1 of their 40 promises, with three others costed by the CTF. Meanwhile, we praised the NDP for costing out 11 of their 14 promises.

The attention we heaped on the lack of costing has paid off. Today the Alberta Liberals released THIS - a news release referencing their earlier promise to increase per-capita funding to municipalities for police services.

It included a cost breakdown of this promise:

This is a good first step, and a decent first attempt.

However, it does strike me as a bit odd the numbers are equal for the total funding in years 1 through 3. These are per capita funding numbers, so are they assuming no population growth in Alberta from 2008 to 2010?

That seems highly unlikely as Alberta has been the fastest growing province in Canada over the past few years.

Nevertheless, at least they are attempting to provide some numbers, which is certainly a step in the right direction.

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