Last election we saw a 6% drop in voter turnout for the Edmonton-Whitemud riding (64.7% in 2023 compared to 70.7% in 2019). We heard some individuals at the door say they were somewhat dismayed by the political atmosphere, and would likely abstain from voting. While we can appreciate the polarization and division that has occurred over the past few years, time is a great healer, and we encouraged people to focus on the policies of each party, rather than the personalities. It is easy to get caught up in the politics and personalities, but we firmly believe Albertans are ultimately focused on matters that directly affect their families. For this reason, we aim to provide the straight up facts to highlight the actions and results the UCP has taken and achieved in securing a stronger, more prosperous Alberta that will benefit Albertans for generations to come.
“A well informed citizenry is the best guard against tyranny.”
– Thomas Jefferson
Facts over Fear: Food for Thought
Given the increased enrolment, and complexity challenges teachers and school boards face, the Minister of Education recently announced new funding.
Right now, too many Albertans (upwards of 650,000 Albertans) can’t find a family doctor or have trouble getting in to see the one they have. Basic access to primary care is lacking. The UCP has committed to modernizing and improving the system to provide better access to care for Albertans. Read here. And here.
These commendable and prudent measures are centered on team-based care, and entails creating a task force with the Alberta Medical Association, to recommend:
Housing hell: how we got here and how we get out. Watch here.
Supporting affordable housing renovations. Watch here.
Soaring Canadian housing costs power a population boom in Alberta. Read here.
As more people arrive during Alberta’s population boom, housing lags behind. Read here.
Good housing analysis: Read here.
Pension Plan (CPP or APP)
Alberta’s case for taking half CPP’s assets. Read here.
Alberta should think twice before breaking from the CPP. Read here.
CPP Fund Facts. Read here.
We encourage you to email the Minister of Finance (the Honourable Nate Horner) to voice your opinion: email@example.com
Of course, while this is primarily a letter of introduction and information for you, we would be remiss if we failed to mention that time is running out for you to qualify for or maximize the significant tax benefits available to you by making a year-end contribution to our LOCAL UCP Constituency Association here in Edmonton-Whitemud. Unlike donations to United Conservative HQ, 100 per cent of the year-end gift you donate via the link below will stay right here in Edmonton- Whitemud, and will help ensure our Constituency Association remains strong, healthy and ready for the years ahead.
As you are likely aware, there are considerable tax savings available with the political contribution tax credit. For example, an immediate donation of $250 will automatically qualify you for tax savings of $175, making the true cost of your contribution just $75! Or $500 would work out to just $200 with a $300 tax credit! And a $1,000 contribution becomes just $450 after the tax credit!
Please know that your donation – in any amount – will help ensure our local Constituency Association continues to attract new members, grow our support base, and spread the United Conservative message across Edmonton-Whitemud to reclaim the riding next election! The individual contribution limit per year is $4,300 (i.e. to any number of political parties, constituency associations etc.), and we encourage everyone to double-check their donations from this last calendar year to ensure you do not run afoul of the contribution limits. See Elections Alberta.
If you are looking to spread goodwill to local charities, Santa’s Anonymous has seen a large drop in donations this year, no doubt given ever rising costs. Edmontonians, however, did not disappoint at the recent Oil Kings Teddy Bear toss which saw nearly 15,000 teddy bears donated to Santa’s Anonymous – a most welcome addition to Christmas parcels which will be delivered to kids in the coming weeks. Should you choose to make a monetary donation, you will receive a tax receipt. Here is the link for convenience. Santa’s Anonymous website.
Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy and joyful Christmas season, and all the best in 2024!
Your Edmonton-Whitemud Constituency Association Board
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