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Lethbridge Mayor says Alberta Budget 2019 is one of restraint, and not surprising

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Plenty of reaction to Thursday’s first budget from Jason Kenney’s UCP government.

The budget holds the line on funding for health and education, however it cuts the amount of money coming to municipalities and puts off infrastructure projects.

Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman says the City supports the province’s overall plan for financial restraint, however he does have concerns.

He says the big takeaway for Lethbridge is a reduction in the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Capital funding. He says the city has relied on that money in the past for significant capital projects but won’t be able to rely on it in the near future so some major projects will likely have to be delayed.

Spearman says one budget bright spot is a committment to funding addictions supports, something he notes Lethbridge desperately needs.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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