LETHBRIDGE: After Lethbridge's two senior citizens organiztions came to council asking for additional funding support, Lethbridge West NDP candidate Shannon Phillips is putting the blame on the provincial government.
She stated that the province has cut seniors' program support funding by $66,000 since 2008 and frozen seniors' project grants, which are losing ground because of inflation.
She added that the problems will only get worse as utility prices continue to climb in Alberta. She brought up numbers from the Department of Finance, saying energy costs for consumers jumped 25-per cent this fall.
Phillips commented that the province is trying to move the cost to municipalities, as the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization and Nord Bridge Seniors Centre are now looking to the city for help. She explained that if council decides to give them the necessary funding, then it will becomes the tax payers who will be responsible for the cost.
Phillips stated "Seniors centres need ongoing, predictable core-funding, or else we are going to be in this perpetual state of crisis."