October 31st, 2020

Neudorf to discuss provincial budget at today’s SACPA


By Mabell, Dave on November 14, 2019.

Lethbridge Herald

Lethbridge East MLA Nathan Neudorf will outline highlights of the provincial government’s new budget during a public presentation at noon today at the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs.

Elected last April after his first campaign for public office, Neudorf will speak of the opportunities and challenges for Alberta as reflected in the budget during a noon hour address.

The recently announced budget promised responsible fiscal management, with a pledge to balance the budget within four years.

It predicted economic growth of 0.6 per cent this year, with stronger growth in years to come. Revenues were expected to remain close to $50 billion for 2019-20 and 2020-21 before increasing subsequently.

The budget also included a spending cut of $1.3 billion from 2018-19 levels,.

As a member of the Conservative caucus, Neudorf is a member of the Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services, the Standing Committee on Families and Communities, the Standing Committee on Private Bills and Private Members’ Public Bills, and the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing.

A past president of the Lethbridge Construction Association, he is a Gold Seal project manager and a Red Seal journeyman carpenter, with a diploma in civil and structural engineering.

As well as coaching sports teams in Lethbridge, Neudorf has served on the board of directors of the Alberta Construction Association and the Alberta Construction Safety Association.

The public presentation, open to all interested, will be followed by a question period. Weekly SACPA sessions are held Thursdays at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, noon to 1:30 p.m., with a hot lunch available for $14. Guests may also opt for simply coffee or tea for $2.

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Southern Albertan

It makes me wonder how long it will/would take for UCP MLAs such as Mr. Neudorf to start getting pushback on the UCP’s unthoughtful budget. Already, we have friends/acquaintances in our area who are seniors, for example, who voted for the UCP but are now saying that they didn’t think that Premier Kenney would end up being something that rhymes with chick.
Perhaps the UCP is counting on folks just going with the status-quo flow, but it also makes me wonder what these MLAs will say if this ‘slash and burn’ budget will trigger a “Kenney recession” along with the loss of up to 114,000 public and private sector jobs. Already, there are murmurings of young urban, educated professionals, and others, getting out of Alberta because they simply cannot tolerate what’s going on, already. Perhaps the Kenney UCPers would take the slant, ‘good riddance’ to anyone who disagrees with us.
We shall see, I guess, but, it is likely the beginnings of a real mess.
And, unsurprisingly, rural, and other, votes for the UCP who wished for such things as the twinning of Highway 3 can whistle dixie in “Sweet Home Alabamberta.”