Lethbridge Mayor disappointed in new Alberta Budget

Lethbridge Mayor Blaine Hyggen expressed his frustration regarding the Alberta Budget. Hyggen says overall, he is disappointed with a lot of what came out of the budget. He says he doesn’t understand why our city didn’t get enough attention paid to it in terms of funding.  

“I thought that the advocacy work that we were doing was going to pay off. There was a lot of great conversations, and probably not on paper, but some promises kept and maybe not promises or promises made, but maybe not promises kept . When they actually specify Central, South, Lethbridge, Red Deer. Red Deer was 400 and something million dollars. And I’m thinking we’ve seen us at about eleven or $12 million. So I don’t know the answer to that, but I’ll have to dig deeper into it and find out why we’re missing the boat here on some of this funding.”

Hyggen says a big disappointment from the budget was the lack of a catheterization lab in our city which he says is sorely needed. It is special imaging equipment used to see the arteries and check how well blood is flowing to and from the heart. Hyggen says patients shouldn’t have to go to Calgary to be tested.   

Angela Stewart

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