It all sounds wonderful, but who is going to pay for everything?
That was the reaction of Drumheller-Stettler Wildrose MLA Rick Strankman to the Alberta Government's Throne Speech opening the Spring Sitting of the Alberta Legislature.
Among other things, the speech promises to end extra fees for school busing and instructional materials. It also talks of a hard cap on the cost of electricity for residential and commercial customers.
"Some of that was a thing that Wildrose had talked about, but the critical part to all this stuff is where does the funding come from and how is the funding allocated?," asked Strankman. "Obviously there's costs associated with all those delivery mechanisms and we're trying to figure out how that will be achieved."
While there have been some signs of the economy improving this year, Strankman isn't sure it's the right time for the government to be throwing money around.
"There is some resurgence to the energy sector, some minimal stabilization, I guess I could call it, but long term they're still suspicious of the government and their invocation of extra taxes," he remarked.
"The whole mantra of socialistic government that the NDP would present is that we're all going to be in La La Land, it's going to be lovely for everybody, it's going to be sunny every day, but no comment in the background of who in the heck is going to pay for all that."