Campaigns are in full swing as Albertans prepare to head to the polls in mid-April to determine who will be the next Provincial Government.

RJ Sigurdson, UCP Candidate for the Highwood Riding, shed some light on the corporate tax cut plans and how the UCP feel it will benefit the economy.

He says Devon Energy leaving Alberta is a prime example as to why the government needs to move in the other direction with taxes.

"Our taxes are so high, they just felt it wasn't worth doing business in Alberta anymore. So they took thousands of jobs and went south across the border. We need to stop that, and send a clear signal across Canada, and North America and the world that Alberta is again, the place to do business. And that is going to come from doing these tax cuts," he said.

He adds the focus needs to be on bringing business back to Alberta, as well as aiding companies that are currently suffering.

Sigurdson says the UCP's plan for health care has been misunderstood and needs some clarification.

"There seems to be some misinformation about our plan when it comes to health care, and I want to make sure that everyone understands that we've made a health care guarantee that we're going to maintain and or increase funding. We're not talking about privatization. Our system will always be universally accessible to everyone, and it will be publicly funded," he said.

Sigurdson adds he believes the UCP, as a party, will be able to achieve their goal of reducing wait times to a period of four months if options, such as a third party provider, are opened up and considered.

He says the UCP also not only plans to repeal the carbon tax at the provincial level, but will advocate for it at the federal level.

"I know it seems like it's a battle that may not be winnable, but there's a lot of things that have been done in the past. Peter Lougheed is the perfect example. He challenged the Federal Government and won," said Sigurdson.

He also intends to work with the county and town councils to address water pipeline issues in Okotoks and water treatment issues in the surrounding areas, as well as fostering growth for the business sector.

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