May I suggest that until our government perfects the "field-of-dreams-build-it-and-they-will-come" model of providing education and healthcare, we'll be better off with fewer understaffed schools and hospitals--unless of course the government has figured out how to educate children in teacherless schools and cure the sick in nurseless hospitals.
Politicians lacking vision (like Mr. Prentice) launch trial balloons left, right and centre in the hope that somewhere along the line they'll get it right. This demonstrates a lack of conviction in the party's platform or a lack of confidence in the government's ability to explain difficult issues to the electorate.
With all the gloom-and-doom swirling around Edmonton this week, an outside observer might conclude a state funeral was in the works instead of an annual budget presentation. Yet while Premier Redford undeniably has tough decisions to make, there are promising signals that she is looking beyond bubbles and examining a range of more enduring solutions to the province's challenges.