'Building Alberta' signs cost more than $1M

Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation show that the government put up 293 of the blue and orange signs bearing the name of Premier Alison Redford
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says the Building Alberta signs, which cost the province more than $1 million, go beyond simple information and into the realm of political propaganda. (CBC)

The Alberta government spent more than $1.04 million on “Building Alberta” signs in 2013, according to documents released Thursday by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

The documents, obtained by the CTF through a Freedom of Information request, show that the government put up 293 of the blue and orange signs bearing the name of Premier Alison Redford.

Each sign cost an average of $3,560. 

"Who's making these things?" asked CTF Alberta director Derek Fildebrandt. "I couldn't find a cardboard that expensive. The cost for these things are completely out of control."

Derek Fildebrandt of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation can't understand why each sign cost $3,560 each. (CBC News)

Fildebrandt calls the signs partisan propaganda and a waste of taxpayer money .

"These signs really do cross the line," he said. "The Building Alberta signs are in a league of their own. They have the three colours of the Progressive Conservative party on them, down to the same shade practically. And they have Premier Redford's own name emblazoned across them."

The Wildrose Party says Redford should order the Progressive Conservative Party to pay back the cost, especially since her government is closing Red Deer's Michener Centre and making cuts to education.

Wildrose has accused Redford of using the signs to boost her profile in advance of last November's leadership review. 

See: The CTF's FOIP request

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