July 25, 2017 5:32 pm

UCP leadership candidate Brian Jean reveals platform

WATCH: United Conservative Party leadership candidate Brain Jean announced his economic platform in Calgary Tuesday. David Boushy has the details.

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United Conservative Party leadership hopeful Brian Jean is promising to balance Alberta’s budget within three years by cutting government spending, jobs and pay rates.

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Jean’s plan calls for an immediate $2.6 billion spending reduction if the party wins the next provincial election expected in 2019.

He says a UCP government would cut the number of managers and save money by eliminating other jobs through early retirements and attrition.

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Jean also says once union contracts expire a UCP government would negotiate new deals that would pay new employees at lower rates.

At the same time Jean is pledging to repeal Alberta’s carbon tax and reduce small-business and corporate taxes.

Members of the party that is replacing the Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives are to vote for a leader on Oct. 28.

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Jason Kenney and conservative strategist Doug Schweitzer have indicated they will also run in the leadership race.

“I am here for all Albertans looking for a common sense economic and fiscal plan that shrinks the size of government and releases the unbridled potential of our economy,” Jean said in a release Tuesday.

Jean’s plan also calls for eliminating the recent cap on Alberta’s greenhouse gas emissions and repealing a law that brought in safety and employment standards for farm and ranch workers.

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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