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Canada Edmonton police budget taking $5M hit due to Alberta budget

12:00  02 november  2019
12:00  02 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

'This will not be an easy budget': Jason Kenney braces Albertans for government spending cuts

  'This will not be an easy budget': Jason Kenney braces Albertans for government spending cuts EDMONTON — Premier Jason Kenney warned Albertans on Wednesday evening that his government’s budget was going to cut spending, part of the necessary work to reduce government expenditures and turn the economy around. Thursday’s budget would see a nearly three per cent cut, he said. “It will be the most important Alberta budget in 25 years,” Kenney said in a televised suppertime address to the province. “Now, let’s be clear: this will not be an easy budget.

The Edmonton Police Service is the latest in a long list of Alberta organizations that are facing large funding cuts in the fallout of the first UCP budget , tabled last week. The police service said Friday its operating budget was reduced by $ 5 million to million due to the province taking a larger portion

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a police officer standing in front of a car: The Edmonton Police Service says its budget has been cut by $5 million as a result of the 2019 Alberta budget.© The Canadian Press The Edmonton Police Service says its budget has been cut by $5 million as a result of the 2019 Alberta budget.

The Edmonton Police Service is the latest in a long list of Alberta organizations which are facing large funding cuts in the fallout of the first UCP budget, tabled last week.

The police service said Friday its operating budget was reduced by $5 million to $9 million due to the province taking a larger portion of the money generated from traffic tickets, as well as having to foot the bill for DNA biological casework.

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The Alberta government is in the process of rolling out cuts promised by Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party. As Sarah Ryan reports, police forces in Calgary and Edmonton have found their own funding affected, despite the Edmonton police budget taking $ 5 M hit due to Alberta budget .

Edmonton police budget taking $ 5 M hit due to Alberta budget . The police service didn't give any details on how it would make up for the funding shortfall.

"EPS is working with the city on managing the overall impacts of the provincial budget," the EPS said Friday.

The police service didn't give any details on how it would make up for the funding shortfall.

Immediately following the tabling of the budget, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson cancelled a planned trip to Holland so he could work with councillors and city staff to fully understand the impacts the budget's "broken promises" would have on the city.

The Calgary Police Service also said this week it was taking a hit of about $10 million as a result of the government's decision to take more ticket revenue from the city, as well as having to pay for casework and training officers on cannabis enforcement.

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At the time, Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer said the government "made justice a priority and we will continue to fund policing and we've done so."

Kenney reveals 'fair deal' plan to assess Alberta-run pension, police and tax collection .
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney outlined on Saturday the mandate for a new panel that will study what the province should demand as a “fair deal for Alberta” in Confederation, including looking at ways that will take back provincial powers that have been ceded to Ottawa.  At a speech Saturday afternoon in Red Deer, Kenney said the panel would answer questions including whether or not Alberta should pull out of the Canada Pension Plan and form its own plan instead, create a provincial police force instead of relying on the RCMP for rural policing, and opt out of some cost-sharing programs with the federal government.

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