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Honouring commitments to Calgary

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YYC MattersHonour commitments

Contribute to a complete Green Line, ensure our fair share of cannabis revenue and provide stable infrastructure funding

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Permanent, higher funding for infrastructure from the Gas Tax Fund​

The Gas Tax Fund was created in 2005 by the federal government to share Canada’s gas tax revenues with communities to renew and build sustainable infrastructure. It has proven to be a direct, effective way of getting infrastructure dollars to municipalities. However, funding is not keeping pace with the economy and construction costs.

Recognizing the urgent need for infrastructure renewal across Canada, the fund’s payouts were doubled in 2019, but only for this year. A permanent doubling of the fund — including an inflationary increase — is needed if municipalities are to make headway on the infrastructure deficit.

Question: Does your party support existing (Gas Tax Fund) or other mechanisms to directly and permanently fund the renewal and construction of municipal infrastructure?

Question: What are your party’s plans in this regard?

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

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Fair share of cannabis revenue​

The federal government committed to reduce its share of the cannabis excise tax to ensure that municipalities would receive more appropriate funding to offset the cost of legalization. However, the costs to administer and enforce cannabis legislation have far surpassed the revenue The City of Calgary is receiving from the Province. From April 2018 to December 2018, The City’s costs were $10.4 million. The Province’s revenue sharing was $3.8 million, leaving a $6.6 million revenue gap. A new method is needed to share cannabis revenues to ensure federal funds achieve their intended purpose.

Question: How will your party ensure that cities actually receive the federal funds needed to cover the administration and enforcement costs of legalization?

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

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Public transit funding

Efficient and reliable transit is critical in keeping Canada’s cities and citizens moving. The federal government is a partner in the major expansion of Calgary’s public transit train line, called the Green Line. The first 20 km and 14 stations are funded, but long-term, additional contributions are needed to complete the line. The Green Line will create some 20,000 jobs, reduce GHG emissions by the equivalent of 4,600 cars and, by 2048, move 150,000-170,000 daily weekday riders. Municipalities need a permanent, federal commitment to fund public transit growth across Canada.

Question: How will your party support long-term transit funding to build and extend transit in Calgary?

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

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