October 22nd, 2020

Phillips to discuss NDP alternative budget at SACPA

By Mabell, Dave on January 9, 2020.

Lethbridge Herald

Last fall, Albertans spoke about their priorities during a series of “town hall” meetings across the province.

After hearing their views, Shannon Phillips says the New Democratic Party presented an alternative budget, showing another way to bring Albertans a balanced budget.

In contrast to the United Conservatives’ budget tabled last October, she says the Official Opposition’s approach would create jobs, diversify the economy, protect vital public services – and still bring the budget to balance.

Phillips, re-elected last year as MLA for Lethbridge West, also serves as finance critic for the NDP caucus. At noon today, she’ll outline how a New Democrat government would create a budget that reflects Albertans’ values while responding to economic realities.

During an address at the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs, she will explain how that could happen without raising personal income taxes, hiking tuition fees and insurance premiums or making rural residents pay extra for police protection – contrary to the current government’s direction.

Nor would it offer a “corporate handout” to the province’s biggest companies, she says.

After completing her master’s degree program at the University of Alberta, Phillips worked as a policy analyst with the Alberta Federation of Labour.

In Lethbridge, she served five years on the board of directors for the Womanspace Resource Centre.

Phillips was first elected in Lethbridge West in 2015, and served as minister of parks and recreation for former premier Rachael Notley.

The noon-hour presentation, open to all interested, will be followed by a half-hour question period.

Doors at the Royal Canadian Legion hall will open at 11:30 a.m., and all attending will have the choice of a hot lunch for $14 or a hot beverage at $2.

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