April 6, 2016 6:18 pm
Updated: April 7, 2016 9:24 pm

Rachel Notley to present NDP job creation plan in address to Albertans Thursday

WATCH ABOVE: Premier Rachel Notley spoke to Albertans in a televised address on Thursday evening to highlight her government's plan for how to address a slumping economy that's been devastated by the collapse of oil prices.

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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will outline her NDP government’s plan for job creation in a televised address that will also be streamed here on Globalnews.ca Thursday at 6:45 p.m. MT.

Notley has travelled around the province, “meeting Albertans and hearing their views on the province’s budget,” and will explain how the government will help families through the economic downturn.

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“There is no doubt the oil price collapse is causing serious economic pain and it’s a scary time for many families,” Notley said in a Wednesday statement.

“I want to talk directly to Albertans about what we’re up against and walk them through our plan to get Alberta through this.”

The government said the total cost for production and air time of the 15-minute televised address is $90,000, and is meant to reach more than 300,000 Albertans. The cost is similar to former premier Jim Prentice’s March 2015 address, pegged between $80,000 and $100,000.

Brian Jean, leader of the Wildrose Opposition, is being offered the chance to reply to the premier’s address “at a later date,” the government said Wednesday.

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Following Notley’s address, Global News will have a panel of experts weigh in on the premier’s plan.

The panel will be hosted by Global News anchor Nancy Carlson and will include Scott Hennig with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Edmonton journalist Sheila Pratt and 630 CHED radio host Ryan Jespersen.

Their discussion will begin at 7 p.m. and will be streamed here on Globalnews.ca.

WATCH: Following Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s address, veteran journalist Sheila Pratt, 630 CHED host Ryan Jespersen and Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s Scott Hennig weigh in on what she said.

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