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Provincial Election 2019

#StAlbertAsks2019

The City of St. Albert wants residents to be active in the 2019 Provincial election using the hashtag #StAlbertAsks2019. Ask your candidates about issues facing St. Albert.

Why is this Important?

The ability of the City of St. Albert to develop large infrastructure projects depends on the funding it receives from the Provincial and Federal governments.

Currently, the City of St. Albert, and most municipalities in Alberta, do not have certainty regarding funding levels, which are subject to change with each Provincial Budget.

The Provincial Government has a critical role to play in addressing the challenges faced by the City of St. Albert, its residents and its businesses.

How can you help?

Get involved. St. Albert residents and businesses are encouraged to ask questions throughout the campaign on topics like municipal funding, affordable housing, transit, policing, social programs, and other topics that matter to St. Albertans.

The City will share suggested questions on social media in the coming weeks, ahead of the April 16, 2019 election using the hashtags:  #StAlbertAsks2019  #StAlbert  #abvote

What should I ask?

Ask your candidates where they stand on the following issues! Here are the posts the City of St. Albert is planning to send out over the next few weeks. Feel free to use these or create your own.

Funding

  1. Issue:
    While Calgary and Edmonton have long-term funding agreements with the Government of Alberta, all other cities, including St. Albert do not. This funding is critical to build and repair City infrastructure.
    Ask your candidate: 
    What is your party’s view on municipal funding? #StAlbertAsks2019 #StAlbert #abvote
  2. Issue:
    The City of St. Albert relies on the provincial and federal governments for nearly 50% of its capital funding to build and repair City infrastructure.
    Ask your candidate:
    What is your party’s view on municipal funding? #StAlbertAsks2019 #StAlbert #abvote

Housing

  1. Issue:
    Ensuring enough social and financial supports for affordable and supportive housing is a shared responsibility across all levels of government.
    Ask your candidate:
    What is your party’s view on providing affordable housing? #StAlbertAsks2019 #StAlbert #abvote
  2. Issue:
    St. Albert has consistently been overlooked for funding to address appropriate housing needs.
    Ask your candidate:
    What will your party do to improve accessible housing options in St. Albert? #StAlbertAsks2019 #StAlbert #abvote

Solid Waste and Recycling

  1. Issue:
    The City of St. Albert believes there are more cost-effective ways to deal with waste.
    Ask your candidate:
    What will your party do to encourage the reduction of solid waste, and reduce recycling costs to taxpayers? #StAlbertAsks2019 #StAlbert #abvote
  2. Issue:
    Alberta does not have an Extended Producer Responsibility Program (EPR), yet Albertans are paying for EPR programs in other provinces.
    Ask your candidate:
    Will your party make the changes required to reduce solid waste at the source, and save taxpayer dollars for recycling? #StAlbertAsks2019 #StAlbert #abvote

Transportation

  1. Issue:
    New transportation options are critical to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce infrastructure costs.
    Ask your candidate:
    What will your party do to encourage and promote public transit? #StAlbertAsks2019 #StAlbert #abvote
  2. Issue:
    The City of St. Albert is currently working with regional neighbours to create a Regional Transit Commission, to ensure efficient and effective transit throughout the Edmonton Metro Region.
    Ask your candidate:
    What will your party do to support public transit in Alberta? #StAlbertAsks2019 #StAlbert #abvote

Community Safety

  1. Issue:
    Maintaining safe communities is a responsibility of both provincial and municipal orders of government, for which, the City of St. Albert is responsible for over 90 per cent of policing costs.
    Ask your candidate:
    Will your party provide municipalities with increased policing resources, and a modernized funding model? #StAlbertAsks2019 #StAlbert #abvote

Social Services and Charities

  1. Issue:
    Currently, St. Albert charities have less frequent access to casinos and receive only a small fraction of revenues generated at gaming events compared to charities located elsewhere.
    Ask your candidate:
    Will your party commit to creating a more equitable model, which ensures the long-term sustainability of charities in the St. Albert region? #StAlbertAsks2019 #StAlbert #abvote
  2. Issue:
    Most municipalities of St. Albert’s size have a provincially funded Parent Link Centre, which provides easy to access social programming to parents and families.
    Ask your candidate:
    What is your party’s position on providing more accessible and improved social services to St. Albert families? #StAlbertAsks2019 #StAlbert #abvote

Note: Use #StAlbertAsks2019 #StAlbert #abvote to share your questions with others.

For more information on the 2019 Provincial Election, contact Elections Alberta (780-427-7191) or visit their website elections.ab.ca.

Last edited: March 29, 2019

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