Grande Prairie: Jason Kenney promised he would not cut our frontline services

But now, six months later, he’s broken that promise (and a number of others too).

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How did Jason Kenney and his government (with the help of his allies on Grande Prairie City Council) break their promise?

By cutting funding for municipalities, they are forcing the City of Grande Prairie to make big cuts to frontline services we all count on like roads, transit, and recreation.

In November alone, this has already lead to 40 job losses in Grande Prairie.

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So many vital city services are on the chopping block...

Public transit

Road maintenance

Grass mowing

Park maintenance

Park garbage removal

Opening hours of Eastlink Centre

Home support services

On-call litter pick up

Accessible transit

Homeless camp clean-up

How are they trying to get away with it?

Jason Kenney and his city council allies are making The City of Grande Prairie carry the burden, forcing them to be the ones to cut these services (since municipalities cannot carry any operating deficit) while trying to keep a distance. This is underhanded, not fair, and this is not what we voted for.

This means:

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We are paying more and getting less

Not only will these frontline services be cut, the province also increased income taxes, insurance rates, and user fees. And that carbon tax they promised to get rid of? It’s still going to be there, too. That means that all Grande Prairie residents are going to pay more and get less. And, those with the least resources will be hit hardest.

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Economically tough times are the worst time to cut

When Grande Prairie is hurting, it’s the worst possible time for cuts to the critical services that we rely on every single day. Under this government we have lost another 27,000 jobs too - mostly in the energy sector. The last thing we need is to cut services as more of our friends, family, and neighbours are really worried about their next paycheque.

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It breaks our community apart

These services allow all residents to continue to have a high quality of life, get around safely, and live with dignity. If we sit back quietly, we know that this erosion of our community will continue, and we can’t let that happen.

These cuts are cruel and unnecessary, and they will hurt when we can least afford it. This is not what many in our community voted for Randy Wald, CUPE Local 787 President

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