Budgets can be for financing growth
Re. “UCP candidates sign pledge to scrap carbon tax and balance budget if party forms government,” Sept. 19
Three UCP candidates actually signed a pledge to balance the provincial budget within one year of being in office? On the surface, that may sound like good news, but is it?
I believe government budgets, just like church budgets, are there for the purpose of carrying out their mandate, not to have pleasant-looking numbers on a piece of paper.
I can remember our pastor giving our church the thumbs up for going ahead with huge changes and new building plans, while the rest of us wondered how we would ever pay for all this. A few short years later, we had to budget for bigger things because our church was growing so quickly.
Our pastor’s theory was, “If a church isn’t in debt … if we want a balanced budget, we’re not doing what we should be doing.”
Governments are similar; if we really believe in provincial growth, we won’t hesitate to go into debt. Of course, just like a church council, wise decisions about going into debt are needed. Wise MLAs will see the potential in this.
G.A. Teske, Sherwood Park