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Jason Kenney broke his promise…and we shouldn’t stand for it.
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 other promises too.
Jason Kenney and his government, through his cuts to the municipalities have caused the City of Grande Prairie city council to make big cuts to frontline services we count on like roads, transit, and recreation. This is not what we voted for.
In November of 2019 alone, this has already led to job losses in Grande Prairie. Our city cannot afford this. No one can afford this. This is not what we voted for.
So many vital city services have had a reduction in funding because of decisions being forced on us. Decisions we did not want or ask for. We still do not know what that looks like. Council points to increases in some areas, but upon closer examination, those increases usually come at the expense of other critical services that have been cut.
City Services with the potential to be affected include:
- Public Transit
- Road Maintenance
- Grass Mowing
- Park Maintenance
- Park Garbage Removal
- The operating hours of the Eastlink Centre
- Home Support Services
- On call litter pick up
- Accessible transit
- Homeless Camp Clean-up
- Child care at the Dave Barr has already been given notice that it will be closed in June 2020 it will no longer be provided by the City.
With this much at stake, everyone in our city needs to ask, how are they trying to get away with it? Since municipalities cannot run deficits, Jason Kenney is forcing the City of Grande Prairie carry the burden. They are forcing our council to be the ones to cut these important services while the Kenney government is trying to keep a distance. This is underhanded, not fair and this is not what we voted for.
These steps that been forced on us mean 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 the carbon tax they promised to get rid of? It’s still going to be there too. That means all of Grande Prairie residents are going to pay more and get less. And those with will the least resources will be hit hardest.
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 mostly in the energy sector. The last thing we need is to cut services as more of our friends, family and neighbors are really worried about their next pay cheque.
Let’s fight this together! If you agree that these cuts will harm our community, then show your support! Follow this link to the website “notwhatwevotedfor.ca” and submit your email address to show you believe this truly is NOT WHAT WE VOTED FOR!