UCP not ad­van­ta­geous for most Al­ber­tans

Edmonton Journal - - LETTERS -

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

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