Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

October 14, 2010 10:00 ET

Poll finds Albertans Want Quality Public Services from their Municipal Governments

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2010) - With municipal elections a few days away, the Alberta Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) today released results from a poll that reveal Albertans' priorities for their municipal governments.

"Albertans are saying very clearly they value quality public services over tax cuts," says CUPE Alberta President Dennis Mol. "They don't want cutbacks to important services that might affect the quality of their drinking water, their children's schools, public transit or garbage and recycling schedules."

"The candidates that are successful next week need to heed the message that citizens are giving them – services over tax cuts."

The poll found that two thirds of Albertans want spending on public services maintained or increased, with less than one in ten calling for cutbacks. It also found that three times as many voters would prefer increased taxes to protect public services over cuts in services to hold the line on taxes. (See details on attached backgrounder).

Albertans also support elected school boards, 57% would oppose any move by the provincial government to replace elected boards with appointed centralized boards, while only 19% would support it.

"Albertans appreciate the services and programs provided by municipalities and school boards and they see their taxes as an investment into those services. After election day, we will be watching to make sure those newly elected councilors, mayors and trustees do what Albertans want them to do," Mol concludes.

The poll, conducted by Environics, has a sample size of 931 Albertans.

Backgrounder

  1. Looking ahead over the next few years, do you think that Alberta's provincial and local governments should...?
%  
37 Increase their spending on public services and social programs
30 Maintain spending on public services and social programs at their current levels
9 Cut back spending on public services and social programs
18 Depends
1 None of the above
5 DK/NA
  1. Which of the following statements most accurately reflects your view on city services and taxes today in your municipality?
%  
45 The municipality must maintain its current level of services, even if that means some increases in user fees or taxes
15 I would be willing to see a significant cut in services in order to hold the line on taxes
30 Neither
10 DK/NA
  1. The provincial government may be considering eliminating most elected local school boards and replacing them with a smaller number of more centralized and powerful boards. Representatives on these boards would likely be appointed, not elected. In general would you support or oppose these changes to how Alberta's public schools are run?
%  
3 Strongly support
16 Support
28 Oppose
29 Strongly oppose
11 Neither support nor oppose
13 DK/NA

Contact Information

  • CUPE
    Dennis Mol
    CUPE Alberta President
    780.918.3061