posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 07:20 PM
Originally posted by Umbrax
Here in Alberta, thanks the the oil revenue, the Provincial government has decided to give $400 to every man woman and child (in Alberta). Some people
don't like that, but that will be $1600 for my family, we can defiantly use it. Cheques will be in the mail this coming December.
Yup, my 400 is going towards school, if I haven't graduated by then.
As cool as that is, I think there's smarter things that could be done
with the money, like getting new lab equipment in the universities. Last Wednesday, I had to use this old printing device for making graphs that
resembled one of those things that draws the seismographs when earthquakes are coming, like you see in old movies. I think it might be time to
upgrade... (admittedly, they were really cool to watch in action, though!) And that is in engineering, which at my university is one of the most
funded faculties on campus, probably second only to medicine. It's even worse in other faculties, especially ones like arts.
Klein needs to get his priorities straight in this province. Instead of using our resource revenue for one-shot things, he should be investing this
cash in infrastructure and long term projects, like education, transportation, hospitals, and the like. Unfortunately, I will still be voting for him
next election, because all the other political parties in Alberta are even worse
Unfortunately, as Passerby's link shows all too clearly, government doesn't like to give money to anybody except it's own. If you look at how much
they pay politicians (and how often they vote themselves raises!) it's pretty crazy, not to mention the pensions they can draw. And, in Alberta, we
have 'senators' (sort of) that were elected, except that we don't actually have a senate! They are 'senators-in-waiting', who get to sit around
until the gov't actually gets around to creating a senate, assuming it ever will. Needless to say, very few people bothered to put a checkmark
beside a senator's name on the ballot last election, since no one knew any of the names, and it didn't matter, anyway. (I want that job...)