The Conservative position is easy to understand!
1. Reduce corporate taxes and any other costs to their lowest possible level. Cut grade schools to save money to foster the corporate welfare.
2. The only income Alberta receives from the oil industry is the 6% Can$ announced by Loose Lips Liepert before leaving office. Because it is Canadian dollar, we are at 5% or below US; the world standard for pricing oil. The Alberta taxpayers pay for the oil industries roads, water and power lines. Our oil, conventional and tar sands oil is still discounted so that rounds the figure of our take of 3% Canadian.
The only way they can make money following their philosophy is through taxation on non audited profits. Yes, taxes from workers and companies is the soul source of income that keeps this province running. Some small bits of cash comes in on lease sales.
The citizens of Alberta are paying the resource companies to take the oil from the province!
The Conservatives are quick to tell us higher oil prices means windfall profits which, is nothing short of an outright lie. They also tell us how well small business is doing because of the large amounts spent by oil employees. Another outright lie!
Only 3 in 4 employees decide to live in Alberta; 25% of these employees commute because of the high cost of living in this province! They use their home address (not Alberta) for filing taxes. We loose again!
Here is a good read originating with Stats Can.
Booming oil sands industry not enough to keep workers in Alberta: StatsCan
They are down in the polls which show them as not being elected again.
Unfortunately, the Wild Rose Party who seems to be the second contender now is a lot more of a disaster than the present Conservatives. Oil and Stephen Harper run their last campaign and, I suspect they will do so again. Your situation will not be any better when them in office.
If you are one of throes people who feels fortunate because of a prospering business or career, think how well off you would be if you were playing with a full deck!
Don't be afraid of a "Left" wing party! Absolutely no party could do worse or even as bad as what you have now elected!
Here's previous articles that are specific to our operational future and past.