Money topped the agenda Tuesday night as the Wildrose Party hosted its Calgary leader’s dinner at the BMO Centre.
More than 1,000 party supporters paid $400 to dine on beef and hear Danielle Smith criticize Premier Alison Redford’s handling of Alberta’s economy.
Smith said the Redford government has failed to deliver on its election promise of fiscal responsibility.
"There’s probably a few people here in the room tonight who voted for her because of that," she said.
"But it’s never been more clear: she’s never believed in any of it. She made a cold political calculation that looking fiscally responsible would help her to win an election. And it did "
"And what’s our reward? The fastest unraveling of an election platform ever witnessed. No tax credits. None of the promised election goodies. But instead, vicious cuts to the front lines — in the very areas of health care and education she said were off limits," Smith said.
According to Mount Royal University political scientist Lori Williams, Smith could cash in with voters on this issue in the next election.
"This current budget is an area where there's a lot of room for criticism, but not just from the Wildrose but from the other parties and the population at large," Williams said.
The evening was also a platform to launch the Wildrose Party's newest fundraising plan.
The dinner ended with a pitch for supporters to join the Wildrose 2016 Club. Admission costs $20 and 16 cents every month until the next election.