Your letters for Oct. 19

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Claude Stevenson, Calgary

Notley silent on union ban

Re: Opposition NDP’s new initiative touts diversification, seeks input, Oct. 16

In the NDP’s new initiative, Rachel Notley had the gall to tweet ‘to those who voted for Jason Kenney but feel the UCP doesn’t have the answers to our challenges, we want your help.’ All this while not denouncing the attempts of the AFL to cripple any Alberta businesses who might have supported the UCP, not to mention their employees, the ‘regular working Albertans.’

It seems you’re happy to ask for help from the same people you’re happy to see boycotted. You can’t have it both ways, Rachel.

Justin Raap, Calgary

Now not the time

Re: Public art program on hold until 2021, Oct. 15

Why does Calgary city council feel it necessary to continue funding the public art program? Why not simply defer the program and its associated costs for another two to three years? This is a small step, however, council needs to demonstrate fiscal prudence at a time when the rest of its citizens and businesses are struggling just to stay afloat.

Robert Dixon, Calgary

Draconian politics

Cutting 11,000 jobs during a pandemic strongly suggests the government of Alberta is not accountable to anyone. During the last election, there was no talk of Draconian measures to deal with increasing deficits, fiscal challenges and falling oil prices. I think most Albertans expected a prudent response on the part of a newly elected conservative government.

What is the government doing to cut unnecessary expenditures outside of health? Was the war room, costing millions, really necessary? Why spend millions to study whether Alberta should create a provincial police force? Or millions more to study opting out of CPP? Were the enormous corporate tax cuts necessary?

Has the government looked carefully enough at possible revenue streams other than oil and gas royalties? Every other province in Canada relies on a provincial sales tax to provide a consistent and stable revenue source. Why not Alberta? Is it just easier to cut jobs and services, to off-load responsibility, to avoid the heavy-lifting?

Eugene Ewanyshyn, Edmonton

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