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Mass movement calls for revenue reform in Alberta

A coalition of hundreds of thousands of Albertans is gathering to force the Conservative government to fix its broken revenue system and save schools, post-secondary education, health care and other vital social services.
A new campaign was launched Thursday under the banner of Join Together Alberta to demand that the province reform its revenue model so that the vital public services that Albertans demand and deserve can be protected.
“Alberta is one of the wealthiest places in the world, blessed with an abundance of extremely valuable natural resources — and yet our government has manufactured a financial crisis that is likely to see 1,200 teachers laid off in the next few months and a still to be determined number of vital educational support staff,” Alberta Federation of Labour president and campaign co-chairman Gil McGowan said. “Our education system is experiencing the same kind of chaos that has been inflicted on our health-care system, and that pain is also being felt in post-secondary education and in social services struggling to help vulnerable Albertans.”
Join Together Alberta is an alliance of community groups, social services agencies and unions and was formed in 2009.
The coalition already represents hundreds of thousands of Albertans, but this new campaign will reach out to many more.
Coming events include:

  • Phoning 250,000 Alberta homes asking citizens to join the new campaign.
  • A town hall tour of Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Grand Prairie, Calgary, Lethbridge, Fort McMurray and Edmonton.
  • The signing of the Our Alberta Declaration, which calls on the Conservative government to finally realize the province’s real potential, reform its broken revenue system and fund vital public services.

The Lethbridge town hall meeting is Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m. at Southminster United Church.