POLITICS
04/03/2012 01:57 EDT | Updated 06/03/2012 05:12 EDT

Alberta's Wildrose party challenges opponents on how to spend surplus budgets

LEDUC, Alta. - Alberta's Wildrose Party says if opponents don't like their Dani-dollars rebate, they need to show what they would do with surplus budget money.

Party leader Danielle Smith says a lack of planning under the Progressive Conservatives is what has gotten the province into trouble in recent years.

The Tories have run up multibillion-dollar deficits despite high oil prices to accommodate shifting spending priorities and plans.

That spending has forced them to withdraw heavily from the rainy day Sustainability Fund to avoid putting the province into long-term debt.

The Wildrose says it will put half of all future surpluses into growing the nest-egg Heritage Savings Fund.

After that, 10 per cent would go to community infrastructure, 20 per cent to the so-called Dani-dollars rebate to citizens, with the final 20 per cent used to meet emerging needs.