The government's plan for Alberta's future reflects the values of Albertans
themselves - values of community and family, hard work and caring for others,
creativity, confidence and innovation, and excellence in all endeavours. These are
the values that have guided Albertans throughout the province's history, and they
are the values that will continue to guide this government.
These values will shape Alberta's future, beginning with a "Future Summit" being
held this fall, where Albertans will help chart a course for the province's debt-free
future.The summit will give all Albertans a voice in crafting the vision that will carry
this province forward into the future.
The government will ask the Alberta Economic
Development Authority to work with the Ministers
of Economic Development, Finance and Revenue
to plan and facilitate this event.
The Community Development Minister will also
be part of the leadership team, in recognition of
the fact that the opportunities created by freedom
from debt are not only about simple economics.
Rather, they are about quality of life. They are
about the kind of province we want to live in, and
the kind of province we want for our children and grandchildren.
It is to our children and grandchildren that the government pledges to honour the
trust that has been placed in it by Albertans. It will stay the course of debt
reduction, fiscal accountability and continued tax reform.
It vows to build an Alberta that provides opportunities for all citizens to share in the
province's prosperity and optimism - opportunities that will become limitless once
the province becomes free of debt. This goal - once only a tiny pinpoint of light far
in the distance - is now firmly in view thanks to the sacrifice and hard work of all
It promises to maintain a strong economy and stable agricultural communities, foster
science and research, keep our environment clean, support excellent health and
education systems that meet all Albertans' needs, and help build caring, safe, strong
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, and God bless you all.
God bless Alberta.
God bless Canada.
God save the Queen.