We hear councillors offer nice platitudes about understanding the hardships Albertans are going through, but actions speak louder than words. And the recent push for new tax powers shows that big city councillors and mayors are divorced from the reality facing Alberta.
In June, Red Deer council voted unanimously to back an Edmonton resolution calling for their municipal lobby group to push Premier Jason Kenney for new “measures and tools” so cities can continue to fund their bloated budgets. That resolution passed on Sept. 24.
For anyone who doesn’t speak bureaucratic jargon, these “measures and tools” mean new tax powers. Councillors want Kenney to make it easier for them to put their grubby paws on our paycheques.