By MorinvilleNews.com Staff
Red Deer – Wildrose Alliance Leader Danielle Smith released the party’s Municipalities and Infrastructure policy at Red Deer City Hall Thursday, a document the leader refers to as a work in progress like the party’s other policies.
In a video press release on the policy, Smith said she has seen firsthand the backlog in municipal infrastructure projects in Alberta, but realizes the province cannot continue lurching between over spending and under spending.
Smith said in recent years, when the province has been overbuilding, infrastructure spending has driven up inflation causing the province to pay more for projects than they otherwise would.
The Wildrose Alliance Leader noted a more recent problem was building projects, including schools and hospitals that the government could not afford to staff.
“On the municipal side, it’s just as bad,” Smith said. “We’ve got decisions being made based on politics rather than based on the needs of a community. Municipalities feel they have to go begging, cap in hand, to be able to get their projects on the priority list. This is pitting one community against another.”
Smith said she has heard of some municipalities employing full-time staff just to be able to apply for municipal grant programs. The leader said the province needs to find a way to build what is needed at a price that is affordable.