The Wildrose Party’s candidate for MLA for the Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre riding is pleased with the party’s new leader, seeing the change as a positive step forward.
Former Conservative MP Brian Jean won the leadership of the Wildrose Party March 28.
“He is a really great principled conservative leader,” said Jason Nixon. “He’s got plans to keep our taxes low and strengthen the size of our government while growing our economy. As well he’s had a lot of experience in Ottawa with Harper.”
Jean resigned his House of Commons seat in 2014 after 10 years in office.
Nixon, the former Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre constituency president defeated MLA Joe Anglin in a nomination race last summer.
The 30-something father of three lives west of Sundre in the Bearberry area with his wife and children.
Since the provincial budget was announced, Nixon said the voters within the constituency are voicing discontent with the PCs.
“We have been door knocking almost nightly and people are voicing that they are not happy with this budget.”
Nixon said he does not blame the public for being upset, noting the provincial budget sees taxes go up by $2,500 for the average family.
“It is the largest tax increase in history,” he said. “It is very hard on taxpayers and they are still running a large deficit. The taxpayers are picking it up (the deficit) now and our kids will pick it up in the future.”
The increase in fuel will not only be noticed at the pumps, he said, adding that it will mean transportation and delivery costs will be bumped up, and the spin offs will affect everyone.
“Prentice needs to look in the mirror, himself,” he said. While Nixon is excited to see the Wildrose Party under new leadership, he noted voters have the final say regarding elected officials. He remained non-committal about former leader Danielle Smith, who crossed the floor to join the PCs earlier this year.
“At the end of the day, the voters had their say and now it’s time to move on.”