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Updated: Tue, 07 May 2013 22:46:46 GMT | By CBC News,

Government mail-out called Tory political propaganda

Government mail-out called Tory political propaganda

Opposition parties are slamming the provincial government for spending $350,000 to send a brochure to every Alberta household while programs are being cut to balance the budget.

Premier Alison Redford says “Report to Taxpayers” explains the reasons behind the government’s recent budgetary decisions.

The brochures, which critics note have a blue and orange cover similar to PC party colours, will be sent out by mail this week.

Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says the premier is using taxpayer dollars to distribute political propaganda disguised as a government brochure.

“The budget document actually cut $210,000 from Safe Houses, a society that rescues victims of sexual exploitation,” Smith told the legislature.

“The $350,000 that this government wasted on a PC election-style brochure would have covered Safe House for more than a year.”

Redford defended the expenditure and said more information will be sent directly to Alberta households.

“We think that it's important to change the political dialogue,” she said.

“No doubt politics has changed in Alberta quite a bit and I've always said that … We want to make sure that Albertans have the facts before them and we'll continue to provide those facts.”

NDP leader Brian Mason believes the reasons behind the brochure have more to do with Tory politics.

“I think this has got a lot to do with the premier's campaign which is now in full swing to win her leadership review in November,” he said.

Redford was criticized during question period on Monday for using government announcements about new schools to launch partisan attacks on the opposition.

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