Recently I appeared before Edmonton city council as they deliberated their 2021 budget. I felt it was important to share some of the feedback I’ve heard this year from my Edmonton Griesbach constituents. Let me know if you have other thoughts you’d like to share with me about civic issues. Here’s my speech to city council:
Good evening everyone. I’m Kerry Diotte the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Griesbach.
As many of you know, I’m a former city councillor and ex-journalist.
In fact, Councillor McKeen and I wrote popular city hall columns for competing newspapers.
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By: JOHN IVISON
But taxpayers befuddled by millions, billions and trillions should understand that what is taking place is a massive rip-off of future generations, who will be handed the bill for today’s consumption.
The cost of servicing that debt is as low as it has ever been and the government touts a management strategy that locks into low rates by issuing more long-term debt.
But that doesn’t mean taxpayers aren’t obliged to pay it off; it just means they will never stop paying it off.
As Paul Boothe, a former senior public servant at Finance Canada, put it, we need to have a discussion about taxes.
Even before its $100 billion stimulus package, daycare, pharmacare or new health transfers, Ottawa plans to spend an average of 17.6 per cent of GDP on programs over the next six years, up from 12.9 per cent in 2014/15. Budgetary revenues, as a percentage of the economy, are predicted to average 14.3 per cent over the same period, while real growth is expected to be an anaemic 1.4 per cent, thanks in part to an aging population.
The sharper minds out there might see the problem here.
“Giving away money is the easiest thing to do in government. Collecting it is less easy. And the hardest thing is to deliver services efficiently,” said Boothe.
“With permanent programs, you need to talk about how you are going to fund them. We need to know the costs as well as the benefits.”
(Read the full article by John Ivison, Edmonton Journal at the link below)
I think it’s important to send a card to a member of the Canadian Forces this Christmas who might be a long way from home. You can send one to this address:
Any Canadian Armed Forces Member
P.O. Box 5004 Stn. Forces
Belleville, Ont. K8N 5W6
Last week I asked folks if they supported defunding the police here in Edmonton.
There was a large turnout and people overwhelmingly said they didn’t support defunding the police.
A big thanks to everyone who took part.
The Liberal government has announced that COVID-19 vaccines should be available for all Canadians sometime in 2021. They will only be available after a thorough examination by Health Canada to ensure that they’re safe.
When the vaccine is available I’ll be getting it, will you?
Have your say in my new unofficial poll. I’ll publish the results in next week’s e-newsletter.
Alberta Public Health can also be reached by phone at 811.
There are programs available to help you and your family.
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Thanks so much. Stay healthy!
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