Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Alberta

April 07, 2009 18:13 ET

Budget neglects public services while funding pet projects- CUPE

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 7, 2009) - Newly elected CUPE Alberta President Dennis Mol says today's provincial budget neglects public services at a time they are most needed to prop up a flagging economy.

"Instead of funding dubious pet projects like carbon capture, the government would do more for the economy by investing in public services," said Mol.

Mol said research by CUPE Economist Toby Sanger showed $1 billion invested in health care would create 18,100 jobs. A similar amount invested in education would create 12,500 jobs. (link - see page six)

"Most of the new money in education and health care goes to contract commitments," said Mol. "They are doing little to create jobs."

Mol criticized the government for continuing to shift its emphasis on assisted living, instead of creating long term care beds.

"Instead of providing the long term care beds they promised, the Conservatives continue to push assisted living, which provides a lower service level at greater costs to seniors," said Mol. "Seniors needing care are filling up hospital beds because of this government's unwillingness to act."

Contact Information

  • CUPE
    Lou Arab
    Communications Representative
    (780) 271-2722