Mr. L. Leugner’s May 16, 2019 opinion letter shows his true colorus and is based on just one sad fact, that money is more important than service jobs. By declaring government jobs do not produce wealth, he has stated that persons in education, healthcare, police, firefighting, etc. professions have less value than those who bring in the almighty dollar. Thank you for telling these caregiving employees that they are less worthy and have less value than you.
He and the Fraser Institute fail to acknowledge that Alberta’s population rate (quarter of a million people between 2014 and 2018) is one of fastest growing in the country; therefore, there is a need for more employees to support that increase.
His statement that “whenever possible public sector government services should be privatized” directly acknowledges there will always be a need for caring public service jobs. Just once, why doesn’t he show how he would make these jobs generate wealth? Support of these caring service jobs has to be funded either by directly charging the consumer or collecting taxes to pay for these services. Just how much money would he generate while ensuring these caregivers will be able to support themselves and their families and without the financial greed of the business and corporate type elites taking control?
Mr. Leugner, there is one easy solution to all your debasing of people who value working in caring public sector jobs over the almighty dollar - declare zero population growth and births for Alberta, do all the healthcare, education, policing and firefighting by yourself while taking us back to the Dark Ages.
This country does not need more money laundering, SNC Lavalin, Purdue Pharma, Sears employee pension robbing private sector businesses and corporations. What it needs is a balance between public and private sectors. Alberta government’s share of total employment is 23 per cent, private sector and self-employed 77 per cent. As stated previously, there are certain public issues like safe drinking water, food inspection, etc. that should never see the light of day of the private sector and shareholder ideology.