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Promoting Calgary's Economic Recovery

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YYC MattersPromote economic recovery

​Invest in Calgary's future and support Alberta's responsible energy industry

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Strategy for supporting Calgary's recovery​

Calgary is one of Canada’s economic engines, contributing $124 billion in GDP. But for the last five years Calgary has suffered through a sever​e economic downturn with unemployment rates among the highest in Canada.

Question: What is your party’s strategy to support Calgary’s recovery as we reshape our future?

Check back on Oct. 11 for answers from the political parties with candidates in Calgary.​​​​​​​​​​​

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Supporting our responsible energy industry​

Calgary is a world-class centre of excellence for energy. We are leaders in oil and gas production, renewable energy and new technologies to reduce the industry’s environmental footprint and support the transition to a low carbon economy. All Canadians benefit from our energy resources.

Moving to a low carbon future will take a strong economy. We can be part of a global solution if our resources can reach new markets. Between 2014 and 2016, the energy industry generated $12 billion in average annual revenue for governments and, in 2017 alone, supported 533,000 jobs across Canada. Canada needs more access to new markets, the best price for its resources, and fair regulatory review of key economic infrastructure projects.

Question: What will your party do to support our responsible energy industry and ensure our resources get the best price?

Check back on Oct. 11 for answers from the political parties with candidates in Calgary.​​​​​​​​​​​

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Clear and fair regulatory review process for infrastructure​

Federal environmental assessments now affect a wide range of construction projects across Canada, not just those related to energy. For example, the Springbank Reservoir (SR1), a critical upstream flood mitigation project to protect Calgary’s downtown, is now subject to increased and prolonged regulatory processes and review. The regulatory uncertainty created for projects such as SR1 — six years after Calgary’s flood devastation — raises concerns about infrastructure projects across Canada.

Question: What will your party do to establish clarity and certainty in regulatory processes for timely decisions on critical Canadian infrastructure projects in the public interest?

Check back on Oct. 11 for answers from the political parties with candidates in Calgary.​​​​​​​​​​​

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​Improving federal-municipal relations

Big cities are the country’s economic engines. Canada needs strong cities to accomplish federal policy and other national objectives. A recent report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer demonstrated that cities are more effective than other orders of government at building and renewing infrastructure when direct funding is provided. Direct federal funding also results in greater accountability and transparency to the public on the part of cities.

Question: What is your party’s plan for building strong cities in Canada?

Check back on Oct. 11 for answers from the political parties with candidates in Calgary.​​​​​​​​​​​

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Investing in public infrastructure​

The federal government can support Calgary’s economic recovery by investing in needed public infrastructure; two such projects are the construction of a Fieldhouse and the renewal of Arts Commons.

Calgary is the only major Canadian city without a proper indoor facility for athletics and other field sports. A Fieldhouse has been at the top of The City of Calgary capital priorities for several years, but it has been difficult to find the funding to build it.

Arts Commons is where arts, culture and community meet in Calgary. It is one of the busiest facilities in the city with six resident companies, including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and several theatre companies. Arts Commons has a vision for a new building that will revitalize our downtown and create more opportunities for arts and culture in our city.

Question: Does your party commit to funding a portion of the construction of these important community facilities?

Check back on Oct. 11 for answers from the political parties with candidates in Calgary.​​​​​​​​​​​

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​Immigration as a driver of economic growth

Canada’s cities require immigration to continue to be strong drivers of our economic growth and Calgary is no exception. When people come here from all over the world, they also need to feel welcomed and have access to opportunity and prosperity.

Question: What is your party’s position on immigration to Canada, and how will you ensure cities see the benefits of this immigration?

Question: How will you ensure municipalities have access to the best employees and protect them from legislation like Quebec’s Bill 21?

Check back on Oct. 11 for answers from the political parties with candidates in Calgary.​​​​​​​​​​​

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