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EDMONTON - A municipal labour leader is all smiles after a conservative think tank found most Albertans would rather have a tax increase than see services decline.

CUPE Local 30 President, Alex Grimaldi, was reacting to media reports that a survey released today by the Canada West Foundation found 60.8% of Albertans wanted politicians to focus on services over tax cuts.

“This confirms what we have always said, the key to a quality life in Edmonton is better services, not lower taxes,” said Grimaldi.

Grimaldi’s union began a radio ad campaign this week appealing to municipal voters to vote for “a better Edmonton” and support municipal candidates who favor increased services.

“Edmontonians are proud of their city, but we could be better. We don’t plow side streets, our sewers can’t handle big storms, we need better transit, and our roads need more work,” said Grimaldi. “That’s not going to happen if we elect candidates who are strictly focusing on how to cut.”

“What the Canada West survey shows is that CUPE’s view is in line with the views of most Albertans,” said Grimaldi. “Sometimes City Councilors and candidates need to be reminded of that.”