I love this idea.
Conditional upon attaining a surplus budget, the Wildrose government would share 20% of revenues collected from Energy. When Oil and Gas booms, the entire economy picks up and so do government revenues. Instead of blowing it on anti-Alberta propaganda to try and placate forever unhappy eco-nuts, Why not share the proceeds with the owners of those resources? Give some of that money directly to each and every Albertan.
Its ingenious. It only happens when there is a surplus. Every doctor, teacher and every other expense is paid before any checks can go out. Imagine that.
The citizens who own the resources*, and government itself, will have a direct stake in the success and efficiency of those assets. Every individual will be aware of the governments balance sheet. Albertans will get a quantitative reward for supporting fiscally responsible government and pro-energy policies.
While I agree with permanent tax cuts, this policy avoids constant tinkering with the tax code. It only kicks in when the government can afford it. No need to find new revenue in leaner times and hike taxes. No need to cut services either since Wildrose will be rightsizing (fat trimming) the government regardless of the economy.
Of course there will be the nay-sayers nasally naying away. If elites are so concerned that I might buy WR beer with my dividend then why don't they offer suggestions on how it should be spent? Why do they try to take it away and push me into some lineup for another government program? Who can differentiate one dollar from the next anyway? Can you track which dollar went to my mortgage and which went back into gasoline? You can't. Its a stupid argument.
Of course it won't work for the Progressive (PC) Party. They can't run a surplus except purely by accident. Should their out of control spending get hit by a surprise revenue windfall, champagne corks will fly at union halls across the province. Unchecked expansion hoe! Government will get fatter either way with Alison Redford left controlling.
Wildrose is the way to go. This is how smart conservatives think ahead. Make sure you and your friends vote Wildrose.
*The government we elect sells the rights to produce resources on our behalf and collects the royalties. We should get a cut of their cut.