Don't you just love spin? The Tories trot out another election campaign promise on Wednesday in Calgary. They promise 50 new schools ($1.2 billion) and 70 school upgrades (again, $1.2 billion) that they'll deliver over four years, starting in 2013.
Then Alison Redford throws in the capper: Albertans, you can have schools or you can have two years of $300 cheques in energy dividends from a Wildrose government. But not both. Choose.
The Wildrose war room cranks out a release a short time later. It says Albertans can't afford all this without a tax hike. And fear not: those dividend cheques will only be paid once things like education and health care are paid for. No choosing.
- PCs: vote for us and we'll look after education.
- Wildrose: vote for us and you get health and education AND if there is a surplus, you'll get a share.
Decision: How you feel about either message depends entirely on which party you trust and how you feel about their opponent.