1. Rob Beaupertuis on October 26, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    My only fear with the approach of bring them to go over their budget you in essence are inviting them to review yours and in extension your whole operation.
    Cities in North America in particular have allowed low density development and has caused as a by product inefficient growth of linear infrastructure ( water and sewer and roads). When we first generation of these assets are put in their usually funding coming from a source other than taxes. It is the second time around where the cities get hit.

    • Andrew Knack on October 26, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks Rob for that comment. I think that potential to review our budget already exists now and to a degree, we are seeing a bit more involvement now but not through an ideal process. And thanks for the other points you raised around growth.

  2. David Hamill on October 26, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Andrew, Whilst I agree with a lot of your perspectives such transparency, participation, dialogues and comprehensions leading to a removal of ‘surprise management’ and crisis driven actions (real or thought to be real), I believe that truly effective transformation comes from measured progression (you may be saying that of course). Since arriving in Alberta and Canada some thirty years ago I’ve heard a lot (a lot) of talk about diversification of/from our fundamental resource based economy. Whether anyone likes it or not, resources and ag, are our mainstay to fund anything else (social or otherwise such as investing in new economic businesses). As a Province and as a Nation we have to start doing better. Doing nothing is not an option for as a population of this place and this country (whatever our beliefs, wherever we have come from (here before or subsequently)), we must do better lest we become divided and all fail as one. It’s time for a real tangible fresh start actioned by us not divisively forced upon us. Transformation starts with one step, and that must be an integrated one.

    • Andrew Knack on October 26, 2019 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks for the comment David. I think we agree about that measured progression. Transforming the way something has been done can still be measured.

      Regarding our resource based economy, I also agree that we need that to help fund other areas. My concern is that I’m not sure the revenue we need will materialize anymore. I hope I’m wrong but if I’m not, we still need to take action to start developing Plan B.

      Thanks again for the message, I appreciate your feedback.

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