Web poll pie chart

Most polled Advocate readers feel we are being shortchanged by the province

Results were lop-sided, with 83 per cent saying we need more money

An overwhelming proportion of polled Advocate readers feel this area is being shortchanged in provincial government funding.

According to the results of the latest web poll, a whopping 83.5 per cent (of the 121 votes cast) went to the selection: “We are definitely getting the short end of the stick.”

There was a close split between “We could use a bit more money” (6.6 per cent) and “We are getting a fair share of funding” (5.8 per cent).

Only 2.5 per cent of voters felt Central Alberta was getting more than its share of funding, and 1.6 per cent of respondents were unsure.

The question was asked after the United Conservative Party of Alberta and Red Deer city council both complained that adequate provincial dollars were not flowing to Red Deer after the space-challenged local hospital was once again left off the NDP government’s infrastructure projects list.

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