Be­ware of big bud­get prom­ises

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Naomi Lakritz is right — the Klein era did in­clude reck­less cost-cut­ting, foot-drag­ging and a sur­plus of empty prom­ises.Hos­pi­tals, schools, court­houses and roads de­graded from ne­glect. Health took a big hit. Our sys­tem is now known for the ex­ces­sive wait times for nec­es­sary ser­vices. Ser­vice cuts hurt ev­ery­one. Short-staffed nurses burned out. Stan­dards and in­fra­struc­ture eroded.Yet, all these cuts came at a time of soaring pop­u­la­tion and full pro­vin­cial cof­fers. Suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments in­her­ited the mess. Credit must go to the Not­ley gov­ern­ment for what they have man­aged to ac­com­plish. Al­ber­tans should be wary of those who prom­ise to save you money while im­prov­ing ev­ery­thing. The mir­a­cle of “the loaves and the fishes” is not likely to be re­peated by the UCP.Ralph Coombs, Cal­gary

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