Public For A Reason

Hard decisions have to be made about saving money

Difficult questions have to be asked. Fortunately, we have a few of the answers in advance:

  • Academic findings from Canada and around the world have long shown privatization through P3s is risky, expensive and undemocratic, as well as lacking in proper oversight and independent, unbiased assessment. 
  • A recent study found that privatization led to “poor performance, under-investment, disputes over operational costs and price increases, soaring water bills, monitoring difficulties, lack of financial transparency, workforce cuts and poor service quality.”

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The population is rising for a reason.

Calgary grew almost 2% last year. A lot of that has to do with the city’s global reputation.  


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What's most important to you:

Underfunding and privatization threaten our social and economic fabric.

Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.

U.S. President Joe Biden

Shrinking budgets. Lower tax-generated revenue. Less provincial funding. Growing populations.

These are the hurdles our city government face today. Every day, the city council has to manage these hurdles as part of their mandate to maintain the quality of life we’re used to in Calgary, strengthen the economy, address undesirable social conditions and practice environmental stewardship.

It’s not easy. And tough choices have to be made. But quick-fix solutions aren’t the answer.

Ideas like smart growth, doing more with less, adopting technology are just some of the potential solutions that will allow Calgary to continue to be the thriving city we know and love.

Be heard, and tell City Council what ideas you have to protect public services and keep our City prospering into the future.

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Calgarians Weigh In On Services They Value

City operating budgets are always a controversial topic, in an effort to dig deeper into key issues CUPE Local 37 and CUPE Local 38, who represent City workers, contracted a public opinion survey…

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Calgarians Unaware of City’s Council’s Decision to Contract Out Garbage Collection

Most Calgarians are unaware of a seven-year pilot project that will privatize the City of Calgary’s garbage collection in the north and western portions of Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6.

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The Calgary We Know

We recently commissioned a professional research firm to gage public opinion about the City as we know it, and what we as Calgarians want it to be.

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An Open letter to Calgary City Council

We recently commissioned a professional research firm to gage public opinion about your seven-year pilot project to test the viability of privatizing Black Cart service.

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Hard Decisions Have To Be Made About Saving Money

Difficult questions have to be asked. Fortunately, we have a few of the answers in advance.

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A Healthy Community Needs A Healthy Public Service

Do you believe every Calgary resident deserves access to quality of life, equality and the opportunity to prosper?

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Privatization Is Not The Answer.

Privatization seems smart until you dig into what actually has to happen.

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Calgary Needs Help, But Massive Cuts Are Not The Answer

Increased taxes and cuts to government spending are effective practices when the economy is stable.

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The Most Livable City in North America

Every year, The Economist ranks cities around the world based on stability, healthcare, culture & environment, education and infrastructure.

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