Thomas Lukaszuk's response to Question 1

Question 1(a): Do you support City Charters for Calgary and Edmonton?

I am open to discussing the needs of our big cities, but I won’t commit to the implementation of the Charter. I would work with municipalities to see which programs and services the province has downloaded to them, and ensure that there is appropriate funding for those programs and services. I would look at funding options which would better recognize the role that cities have taking care of those who aren’t paying into property taxes, including those in shelters, those in seniors facilities or hospitals.

Question 1(b): How do you see this new legislative framework benefiting citizens?

I would not broaden taxation powers for our municipalities. I could not look Albertans in the eye and ask them to pay more until I was confident their tax dollars are being spent as efficiently and effectively as possible.

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