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Weaning off the oil price rollercoaster

Letter to the Editor: My
Remembering heroes ViewPoint
Weaning off the oil price rollercoaster realistic approach to maintaining services and by Adrienne Tait Rob Merrifield
If there is a single statement that sums up Alberta's From the infrastructure, while weaning the province off oil Member of Parliament for Yellowhead
newly released 2015 budget it may be “those who Publisher’s Desk price rollercoaster budgets?
can afford it will be paying a little more”. Dana McArthur Again, there is little doubt, given the current
On top of paying more, there are some cuts, as situation, that the budget as a whole is well crafted Alberta organ and tissue
well as some continued spending on infrastructure. to minimize impact to any particular service or
Longtime Edson resident and newspaper-man passes Alberta Health Services will be facing cuts. group, while maintaining spending in key areas, donation –registry agent launch
Although they do not anticipate layoffs in front line Student Aid and scholarship funding. But they have and allowing for infrastructure upgrades.
Robin Campbell, MLA jobs, part-time staff will get fewer hours. been cautioned not to rely on the same levels of However, with decades of good-times oil prices Rob
government funding in the future.
West Yellowhead Education will also face cuts that will likely There is little doubt mistakes have been made in Albertans should have benefited a lot more from
include maintenance staff, teacher's aides, and bus the natural resources of the province.
drivers. With these cuts, and the promised increase the past, even to the point of mismanagement, when It does seem though, that with this 2015 budget, Merrifield Man in the
Red Hat
Tip to teacher's salaries, there is the expectation that the richest province in Canada, finds itself cash- the government is taking the idea of getting off oil Member of Parliament for Yellowhead by Craig McArthur
strapped.
classroom sizes will increase.
a lot more seriously.
Unpaid leave to
THE WEEKLY care for seriously of receive $2 billion in base operating grants, on top of forward to the question today. Is this budget a what services are going to be cut, repeated in the
But spilt-milk-thinking won't fix the problem. Fast-
Publicly funded post-secondary institutions will
Hopefully, this means we may not have to hear
ANCHOR ill relative the Hat future. Rob
Serving Edson & Yellowhead County for 26 years Reduced red tape Letter to the Editor
Building Canada Plan Merrifield
Views & News for 2015 Advanced
by Deanna Mitchener Lucy’s back: says Wildrose Stuart Taylor Member of Parliament for Yellowhead

Rob Payments Program In the Peanuts Comic, by the PC government in myself, “”Why do they Albertans deserve better.
We deserve a system
Merrifield Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today highlighted Lucy constantly offered its so-called capital keep promising that over where capital decisions
c o n s t r u c t i o n p l a n .
major enhancements to the Advance Payments
and over?” I couldn't help
to pin a football for
Member of Parliament for Yellowhead Program (APP) designed to improve and Charlie Brown. That way According to the Sun, the but think of Charlie are based on measurable
streamline administration, provide greater he'd be able to give it a PCs promised to build or Brown. criteria, identified
Now, despite the fact
flexibility and more repayment options, and ease kick. Each time, as rebuild 120 schools. It that the PCs have priorities, and regional
consultation. Half-empty
goes on to state that only
Charlie ran up to the ball
Letter to the Editor: access to the program for producers. and was just about ready one school has been built. promised to build 120 political promises won't Jim Eglinski
On February 27, 2015, the Government announced
do the job.
the coming into force of the Agricultural Growth to connect, Lucy would Three years ago, Robin schools and have actually In all seriousness, as a 2015 Canada Day
Act which makes improvements to the Advance snatch the ball and run Campbell and the PCs built one, Campbell is tribute to the unreliable
Payments Program (APP). The Act modernizes and away. Charlie Brown promised to build 140 promising to build the and totally untrustworthy MP Yellowhead Challenge
Family Care Facilities.
strengthens federal agriculture legislation, supports always ended up on his One has been built. A.H. Dakin School in m a n n e r i n w h i c h
Edson.
backside.
innovation in the Canadian agriculture industry P o o r C h a r l i e g o t Campbell and the PC Schools and healthcare Campbell and our PC
and enhances global market opportunities. repeatedly sucked into the government really do treat facilities are important. government approach
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Many of the changes implemented under the Act ruse. In one follow-up people the way Lucy We need them. Yet why, these major construction K
will take effect on April 1, 2015, for the 2015 cartoon, Lucy turns to treated Charlie Brown. In when, and where the projects, maybe someone by GEORGE VANDERBURG
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
Program Year, in time to help producers plan for Charlie and sweetly says, 2005, the PCs promised to government builds these should recommend that a MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
the new production year. The new Act also allows “Hey Charlie Brown, I'll build a hospital in Edson. facilities should never be picture of Lucy with a
for further improvements to be implemented once hold the ball while you They didn't follow left to the arbitrary whims football be added to the
amendments to the related regulations are come running up to kick through. Seven years later, of politicians who run sign at the Edson
completed. it.” In the next frame, in April 2012, Campbell around at election time Hospital Construction
Quick facts Charlie Brown is alone publicly promised that the saying, “Vote for me and Site.
The APP is a federal loan guarantee program that with a thought bubble hospital would be built by I'll build you a school,” or, It would certainly be a
helps agricultural producers benefit from the best over his head that reads, 2014. It's 2015, and the “Vote for me and I'll get timely and appropriate
market conditions by improving their cash flow “She sounds sincere. If a hospital still isn't finished. you funding for a addition.
throughout the year. person sounds sincere it Can you hear Lucy calling hospital.” In 1994, the Stuart Taylor, Nominated
Starting April 1, producers can now request must mean they are out, “Hey Charlie Brown, PCs promised to build a C a n d i d a t e , We s t
advances for all their commodities through one sincere.” Charlie believes c'mon over here and kick a n e w h o s p i t a l i n Yellowhead Wildrose
application with a single administrator, her. In the final frame he's field goal.” Whitecourt. It still isn't
significantly reducing their paper burden. on his backside once Recently, Campbell built.
In addition, there is no longer a requirement for a again. p r o m i s e d t h a t t h e This helter-skelter
farmer to be principally occupied in farming in I have to confess that g o v e r n m e n t w o u l d approach to capital K
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provide funding to
order to utilize APP. there are days when I feel complete what is now a construction is where Letter to the Editor Policy
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Across Canada, more than $1.9 billion in advances like the government is partially constructed professional analysts welcomes letters to the by GEORGE VANDERBURG
by GEORGE VANDERBURG
always point when they
Lucy, and the rest of us are
has been provided to close to 21,000 producers for Charlie Brown. The hospital in Edson. When I explain why Alberta's editor by email, fax, post MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
MLA Whitecourt-Ste. Anne
the 2014 program year to date. Edmonton Sun recently heard the announced infrastructure system is or delivery.
For a full list of improvements, please visit the counted promises made promise I had to ask unreliable and expensive. All letters are published at
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