UCP not advantageous for most Albertans
Alberta leads Canada in economic growth; has the lowest total tax and debt-to- GDP ratio; has introduced progressive legislation to protect workers, consumers, the vulnerable, and the environment; and has addressed a massive inherited infrastructure deficit by building desperately needed new schools and health-care facilities.
This is not the Alberta Advantage the UCP has promised to “restore.” Their “advantage” begins by giving corporations and the richest 10 per cent a tax cut, adding $700 million per year to provincial debt, although Alberta has among the lowest income tax rates and the highest income inequality in Canada.
The UCP also supports 100-per-cent public per-pupil funding for private schools and privatized health care for the well-heeled, both of which would undermine our public systems.
Jason Kenney’s Alberta Advantage is clearly geared to benefit the corporate and financial elite. For the rest of us, the UCP warns, “There will be pain.”
D.P. Dufresne, Edmonton