Wednesday’s letters: We don’t need ‘Alberta first’ policy

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Edmonton Journal

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Feb 17, 2021  •  6 days ago  •  2 minute read

Archive photos of the Alberta Provincial Police force which operated in the province for a brief period in 1917-1932. (Supplied photos/Provincial Archives)
Archive photos of the Alberta Provincial Police force which operated in the province for a brief period in 1917-1932. (Supplied photos/Provincial Archives) Photo by Supplied /Provincial Archives

Re. “Change of command; UCP contemplates a provincial police force,” Feb. 13

So the UCP wants to start up an Albertan police force, its own pension plan and privatize health care. What’s next — issuing Albertan Bitcoins? It is obvious they are trying to lead us down a path we do not want to venture, just to satisfy the grand delusions of a few renegades.

Premier Kenney, Albertans don’t want to enter a period of strife and political turmoil. We already have enough problems needing to be addressed without entering the quagmire of an “Alberta first” policy. Best stick to the knitting and let Albertans enjoy the gift of being an Albertan.

Don Davidson, Edmonton

Say no to UCP’s pet projects

I read with interest Saturday’s article about the proposed provincial police. Surveys quoted indicate that a large majority are satisfied with the RCMP and consider a provincial police force to be a low priority.

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A provincial police force can be very expensive, potentially billions of dollars. There is no suggestion that a provincial police force will ever be financially advantageous. With the RCMP, we share many of the costs with other provinces and the federal government picks up a share of the cost.

Why would the Kenney government even consider paying billions to switch? Why are we already paying $2 million to PricewaterhouseCoopers to prepare a study?

There can be only one reason and that is to move us one more step away from the federal government. This is a decision based solely on ideology when we can least afford it. This is no different than the proposed Alberta Pension Plan.

These expensive projects attempt to fix problems that don’t exist with expensive solutions that could give us worse service. They are designed to appeal to the separatist base of the UCP rather than help Alberta. We need to tell the UCP to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on pet projects.

Glen Bowe, Edmonton

Thanks to football sponsor for spurring change

Re. “Sponsor should help football team rebrand,” Letters, Feb. 13

Indigenous people have been victims of of racism and discrimination for decades. One of the ways that the racism has been perpetuated has been through the use of Indigenous names, images and logos by sports teams. Native people have been fighting this practice for many years.

The corporate sponsor for the Edmonton Football Team is to be commended for the name change. The company is displaying a national awareness and practice wherein many sports teams are now changing names and logos which are derogatory to Indigenous people.

Elizabeth Lightning, Edmonton

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