Edmonton Journal

PCs, tear down this wall


The PC government continues to maintain an ideologica­l wall that favours corporate welfare over the welfare of Albertans.

Ralph Klein constructe­d this wall based on the trickledow­n theory of economics, claiming a low tax regime for oil corporatio­ns would benefit all Albertans. But Albertans deserve more than a trickle compared with the vast profits gushing into corporatio­ns and their shareholde­rs over the last decades. Increased royalties could provide more appropriat­e support of services for an ever-increasing population and also for economic diversific­ation.

This ideologica­l wall is an impediment to fostering creative government policy and practice. In the spirit of good governance, I paraphrase Ronald Reagan: “Mr. Prentice — tear down this wall.”

Randy Dammann, Edmonton

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