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EDMONTON – The $1 billion earmarked for the Heritage Fund is a mistake considering the growing infrastructure needs of the province says the Canadian Union of Public Employees.“The public sector needs proper funding,” said CUPE Alberta president D’Arcy Lanovaz.

Given that the Calgary School Board alone is looking at $450 million in deferred maintenance costs, more money in the Heritage Fund is a big loss for Albertans.”

The Heritage Fund sits at $12.2 billion while municipalities, infrastructure and services are in desperate need of funding.

To have Klein boast about economic security and the Heritage Fund while our infrastructure deteriorates shows an irresponsibility to the public,” Lanovaz said. “The brave thing to do, and the right thing to do, is allocate the money to education, municipalities, health care, child care and other public services.”



D’Arcy Lanovaz, President CUPE Alberta, (403) 861-5235;

Barry Doyle, CUPE Communications, (613) 294-9424, bdoyle@cupe.ca