Calgary To Give $25,000 To Haiti?
March 14th, 2017 | Poletical News
As Calgary's unemployment rate teeters near 9%, the city's council and mayor voted Monday to send $25,000 worth of taxpayer money to Haiti. The bill was pitched by outgoing councillor, Brian Pincott and will help aid Haiti with road construction. Some councillors opposed the move, questioning whether a municipality should be involved in foreign affairs and whether now would be a good time to do so, as so many Calgarians struggle with an economic recession.
Councillor, Sean Chu, opposed the measure, urging council to spend the money on Calgary. In an online poll from the Calgary Herald, an overwhelming majority (94%) said the city should not be sending money to other countries.
Council voted in favour of the $25,000 donation by 8-7, with the help of mayor Naheed Nenshi. Other councillors who voted in favour: Evan Woolley, Druh Farrell, Gian-Carlo Carra, Diane Colley-Urquhart, Richard Pootmans and two others.