Letters to the Editor

Policies are the problem, not civic wages

To the editor:

Canadian Federation of Taxpayers’ spokesperson Gregory Thomas was barking up the wrong tree in Watchdog Wary of Civic Wages (June 28 Capital News).

Thomas claimed civic workers’ wages threaten communities.

The real threat comes not from neighbours and friends who provide vital civic services for a living wage, but from political policies that drain the cash from municipalities.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has long been lobbying higher levels of government to pony up their fair share of tax revenues. Municipalities receive only eight cents of every tax dollar collected, despite providing the bulk of frontline public services and costly infrastructure necessary to keep communities healthy.

Thomas fails to mention that his corporate lobby group is on a crusade to slash corporate taxes, which have already been cut by 50 per cent in the past decade. The result is tens of billions of dollars in lost tax revenue—revenue that could have and should have gone into infrastructure for municipalities to ensure safe and clean drinking water and quality recreation facilities and community programs.

The real threat communities face is public policy that starves local governments of the revenue needed to support vital community needs.

 

 

Barry O’Neill,

president,

CUPE BC

 

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