(April 16, 2023) — Today, former police officer and Calgary-West UCP candidate Mike Ellis released the following statement in response to the NDP’s public safety announcement that Rachel Notley did not attend:
“Rachel Notley and the NDP have zero credibility when it comes to tackling crime and keeping Albertans safe.
“For years, the NDP have been advocating to defund the police, insulting law enforcement with hateful comments, and championing extreme leftist policies that would flood our streets with taxpayer-funded drugs. This is what the NDP truly supports.
“The NDP are late on this issue. They rushed out a half-baked announcement that Notley didn’t even bother attending. At their core, the NDP do not believe in this issue.
“Albertans simply can’t trust Notley and the NDP to do the hard work of tackling crime, drugs, and disorder in our communities. And they can’t trust they won’t make the situation worse by implementing policies they do support such as taxpayer-funded drugs (so-called “safe supply”), supervised consumption sites, and decriminalization.
“The UCP is working with law enforcement to make our communities safer. We have launched task forces in our major cities to address social issues through a coordinated response between the province, municipalities, and local partners. And we are holding the federal Liberal-NDP Alliance accountable for its soft-on-crime policies that have led to a lack of public confidence in Canada’s justice system, including on bail reform. All this good work would be at risk under the NDP.
“The UCP has a real plan that we’re following through on. The NDP are promising whatever they think will get them elected, but they have no desire to deliver.”