Posted on Sep 28, 2020

Deron Bilous, NDP Official Opposition Critic for Economic Development, made the following statement in response to today’s remarks from Minister Doug Schweitzer:

“Albertans should remember this announcement takes place in the context of massive UCP cuts to Alberta Innovates and Alberta’s universities. Jason Kenney and his government, including Minister Schweitzer, have wasted a year and a half with their cancellation of proven diversification programs and their deep cuts to the institutions that drive innovation.

“I’m sure we will continue to see a string of modest announcements from this Minister without any larger strategic plan or framework. A well thought-out plan for economic development, innovation and research would engage with other levels of government and the private sector to leverage dollars. That work takes time, which is why I’m extremely frustrated that Minister Schweitzer and his cabinet colleagues stood still instead of keeping Alberta in the global technology race.”