Last night’s fiasco at the committee: the UCP set up a sub committe to do some work. The sub committee is 4 UCP, 2 NDP. It can meet and make decisions with only 4 members present. The UCP chair calls meetings - so basically it can meet with no opposition.
Tomorrow the UCP will introduce legislation that will take money from the victims of crime fund - money intended to support victims - and allow it to be used for other purposes. In estimates we heard details of millions being taken from the fund.
For decades the victim surcharge has been collected in order to fund services for victims. That money has always been reserved for victims and organizations that serve them. It is the fundamental principle of the fund, but the UCP want to change that. 2/ #ableg
Thousands of dedicated volunteers and support workers throughout the province are supported and trained with that money. They turn up at all hours of the day and night to support their neighbours in their darkest hours. 3/ #AbLeg
Today is a bit bittersweet for me. A year ago today I was elected to represent the people of Calgary-Mountain View. I am honoured that you put your faith in me.
But it also represents a day I think the province took a wrong turn. #ableg 1/
I believe that we are stronger together. I believe that by giving each and every person access to the basics like food and shelter, but also education and the supports they may need to access it, we all become stronger. #ableg 2/
I believe that the point of an economy is to distribute things to people - and that if we lose that point- the economy exists to help people - we make bad policy choices. I believe that diversification is the only way forward, and that helping those who have less helps us all. 3/
They spin a narrative that cuts are necessary (they aren’t), that public employees get more than they need (they don’t), and that this could all be implemented without pain, if it weren’t for someone else’s waste.