Guest Opinion: Taxpayers should be complaining, not union bosses

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Every government-employee paycheque ultimately comes from taxpayers. That seems like an obvious point. But union bosses seem to need a reminder. Surrounded by striking government employees in Alberta Union of Provincial Employees garb, union boss Guy Smith claimed that “only in Alberta do they not give you the resources you need to do the work that you’re committed to.” Who are “they?” Union bosses focus attacks on politicians. But who are “they” really? They’re taxpayers who are enduring jobs losses and pay cuts and can’t afford union demands. Taxpayers are the ones who should be concerned about the amount of health-care spending. The Alberta government spends more per person on health care than any other province except Newfoundland and Labrador.

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