EDMONTON, AB: Wildrose Shadow Municipal Affairs Minister Pat Stier released the following statement Tuesday following the tabling of Bill 21, the Modernized Municipal Government Act:
“Wildrose will be carefully reviewing this extensive legislation that will have a direct impact on the communities in which we live and work.
“This review is the culmination of years of work, and we need to take the time to consult with Albertans on the Act and the many regulations.
“This is the largest Act in Alberta, and there is much room for the NDP government to slip up if they choose ideology over common sense.
“The proposed change in the Calgary area toward a mandatory growth board is significant, and I will be following closely to ensure that all municipalities have fair representation.
“Wildrose has long been adamant about the necessity for a predictable, stable, long-term funding model for our municipal partners, and that is not among these changes.
“We find this deeply concerning, and will be urging the NDP government to follow the Wildrose lead and commit to stable major grant funding during the review process.”