Endorsements

Jeff Carlson
Chair of Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) & Lethbridge City Councillor

Jeff Carlson

“Over 318 municipalities and Métis settlements participate in the provincial FCSS Program, ensuring that Albertans have access to a strong network of prevention supports and social services. Provincial investment in the FCSS has not increased since 2009. Expectation is growing for the Province to also increase its share of the funding.”


Katey Petersen
Chair of the Alberta Students' Executive Council (ASEC) and VP Outreach for Students' Association Grande Prairie Regional College (SAGPRC)

Petersen

“Post-secondary institutions, like Grande Prairie Regional College, are fundamentally important, not only to students, but to the community as a whole. It is important that they are funded appropriately, so they can continue to give back to society.”


Allan Undheim
Vice President, United Way, Alberta Capital Region

Allan Undheim

“Alberta has set the stage to be a leader in eliminating child poverty. Collectively we know that to achieve this goal, it will require investing in real solutions. We need to have this important discussion about how we can fund the type of society where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential.”


Mark Ramsankar
President of the Alberta Teachers’ Association

Mark Ramsankar

“Quality education is grounded in a fully-resourced and stable system, not hinge on the boom/bust of oil revenues. Ballooning class sizes, unsupported special needs and staff layoffs are the result of instable, unpredictable funding. Sustainable funding must come from stable revenue sources including fair corporate and progressive income taxes.”


Allan Bolstad
Executive Director of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues

Allan Bolstad

“The province must recognize the number of worthwhile programs that were lost when STEP funding was eliminated and must come up with another way of financing these initiatives.  Not only did it help non-profits like community leagues offer summer programs, but it helped thousands of students get a start in the job market.”


Dr. Arthur Clark, M.D.
Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. Chair, Calgary Centre for Global Community

Dr. Arthur Clark

“The future will bring many challenges and we will be far better able to meet those challenges if we have a cohesive society in Alberta, rather than a polarized and fractured one.  In my view, the progressive income tax proposed for Alberta would help move us together to face those challenges cooperatively in the years ahead.”