October 31st, 2020

Provincial budget cuts being made on backs of the poor


By Letter to the Editor on November 7, 2019.

I am appalled at the budget put forth by Premier Kenney and the United Conservative Party. While I understand the need for the government to get its spending in order, I do not agree with the de-indexing of AISH from the cost of living.

I think the budget can be rightly called, “Making Alberta Great Again É On the Backs of the Poor.” Of the many cuts in the budget, I find this one the most offensive É an obscenity.

This budget is an example of the UCP’s adherence to the dominant patriarchal system that exists worldwide in all facets of life É political, social, religious. What the budget reflects is the same attitude towards the poor that has existed throughout history: On the backs of the poor a few acquire riches and power. The budget is an example of the inbred attitude of the colonial/settler mentality that is alive and well in the provincial governing party.

Patrick Lenon

Lethbridge

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phlushie

First of all they reduce their revenue by $4,700,000,000 with corporate tax breaks and then go to the peoplethat elected them to make up the shortfall. We should all know who their friends are, it is not the people who voted for them. WHY SHOULD THERE BE A DIFFERENCE IN WHO IS TAXED? WHY ARE CORPORATIONS BEING GIVEN A BREAK, AFTER ALL THEY JUST ROLL THEIR TAX BREAKS INTO PROFIT AND DISTRIBUTE IT TO THEIR SHAREHOLDERS. Our UCP goverment is a NOE ROBIN HOOD, it steals from the poor and gives to the rich.

zulu1

The cut backs are fairly broadly based, necessary, and well telegraphed before the election. As far as the corporate tax cuts are concerned, they too apply to all industries in the province, not only the energy sector, which ,by the way , is in survival mode.
As to the “inbred colonial/ settler mentality” , I found that amusing , a mental health expert no doubt !!

JLaurendeau

This is an offensive reply… Patrick has highlighted a very specific example of a cut (dressed up as a “de-indexing”) that will impact those most subject to structural violence in our society, and your reply is to simply assert that the cutbacks are “broad based, necessary, and well telegraphed” with no evidence whatsoever. In contrast, I would strongly suggest that they are targeted (e.g., AISH, Education, Health care), unnecessary (expenditures are only one part of ‘balancing the books,’ and the Mackinnon panel was expressly forbidden from considering revenues), and mendacious (as with so many elements of UCP’s government to date). Your final sentence, meanwhile, is dismissive and patronizing.

zulu1

Glad to be of service ! The politically correct are often offended by the truth. However, that’s your affliction, perhaps some medication could help.

Southern Albertan

And, if one really pays attention to where public sector union cutbacks are targeted….the victims of the cutbacks are largely….women.
As a public sector union employee, many of my female colleagues are now carrying the family financial load because their partners lost their employment or businesses in the oil patch when global oil prices started to crash in 2014.
Some of them even went back and did very difficult refresher requirements, and now, they’re supposedly going to get dinged with wage rollbacks? Some of them are feeling that if they didn’t have bad luck, they wouldn’t have any luck at all, and they know, that the boom times are over when it comes to not suffering illusions there. In our household we would use the Dutch expression, “stank voor dank.”

phlushie

“In contrast, I would strongly suggest that they are targeted (e.g., AISH, Education, Health care), unnecessary (expenditures are only one part of ‘balancing the books,’ and the Mackinnon panel was expressly forbidden from considering revenues), and mendacious (as with so many elements of UCP’s government to date). Your final sentence, meanwhile, is dismissive and patronizing.” A most truthful observation, Thank you for this and Albertans beware, our future is going to transfer to the working man destined to become the working poor. This is not a government for the people but a government for Corporate GREED. Little do they realize that if the consumer does not spend the economy tanks, or they don’t care and will take the money and run, as has already happened in the oil industry.

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