By Letter to the Editor on March 10, 2020.
In regard to your front page photo, Friday, Feb. 28, Mr. Toews is delivering a “red-ink budget,” (a red herring budget, more like it).
Question: Why is Mr. Kenney laughing? His MLAs seem exceptionally serious over this budget. No doubt because it will be their job to explain it to their constituents. Perhaps, though, at this particular moment, he was hamming it up for the photographer.
This disgraceful budget is no laughing matter but a “back to the future” Klein budget. Businesses and corporations receive tax breaks and the community at large, workers, educational and health facilities, seniors and the poor will be the losers, due to funding cuts.
In my opinion the MLA for Lethbridge East is not advocating for his constituents, but an apologist for his leader and the party.
Also your Saturday, Feb. 29 front page heading was a misnomer at best, or a diversion perhaps. This heading should have read Alberta budget a disappointment to Mayor Spearman, not “could have been worse.” We Albertans know at some point in the near future it will get worse. It appears at first glance that your editors wanted to give the government a soft landing. If so, I don’t think it’s going to work.
Questions: As noted in your article, how is this a budget that will be focusing on job creation when institutions are and will be laying off workers due to the funding cuts? What jobs are going to be created? When will we see the result of this job creation?
The pipelines on the government’s wish list should have been accomplished when Harper was prime minister; he had almost 10 years to get it done. Never did. The Alberta Conservative governments of the past should have been bringing forward-thinking businesses and entrepreneurs to our province years ago.
The Conservatives seem to only live in the moment, not to give a thought to the future of Albertans. It’s time they stop playing the blame game. It’s on them.