This election comes at a time unlike any other. As we all know, the COVID pandemic has ravaged our economy. The service industry has been particularly hard hit, with many of our favorite restaurants and bars, gyms and salons struggling to stay afloat. Council will soon face the crucial task of designing a recovery strategy that enables these businesses to recover, rehire and grow. If the next Council’s strategy is a success, we will witness a thrilling turnaround for our city; our colorful festivals will return, our music venues will reopen, all while we continue to make Edmonton a more livable city.
Any Council that elects to cut services in response to this crisis will hurt everyone, particularly our most vulnerable. While the recovery will be challenging, I see it as a unique opportunity to improve. Our recovery strategy should protect basic services while investing in green initiatives that stimulate the economy and reduce our carbon footprint. A fair recovery strategy should also consider that women and BIPOC have been disproportionately impacted by this pandemic.
Edmonton can emerge from this crisis a greener, more equitable place to live. Edmontonians are diverse, but what we all have in common is a resilience and desire to improve our community. I have no doubt with the right city council in place we can come out of this stronger.