Ain’t that a kick in the ass?

The ongoing saga of a helipad construction at the High Prairie Heath Complex goes on and on and no with no end in sight.

And once again, the Alberta government is sticking it to small towns in Alberta where the sun doesn’t shine.

You see, someone in the walls of the Legislature in Edmonton has the bright idea that small towns should have to pay for this service/facility.

At the Big Lakes County meeting Jan. 8, Glenda Farnden, STARS senior municipal relations liaison, told council that no community has received government funding for any helipad project in Alberta.

So, who does this happen? I have a theory.

First, some background. The project could range from $200,000 to $500,000, depending on requirements and features, says STARS aviation project manager Jason Arthur.

Well, that might be a bit inflated but what do I know about construction? And, High Prairie would surely rally together for a good cause with volunteer labour and equipment, if needed, to lower the cost.

But that is not the reason towns like High Prairie, Peace River, Valleyview and Fairview should feel so snubbed.

First, it is insane and stupid beyond reason that a helipad is not included in hospital construction. It is an essential service needed to save lives. Period! May as well not build an operating room either!

But, someone bean counter in Edmonton who doesn’t give a damn has found a clever way to save the government a few bucks and download the cost to the locals. Without affecting his pocketbook, I may add! Lovely!

And therein lies the second problem. A city like Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge or Red Deer, can absorb the cost of a $500,000 helipad with almost zero affect on its taxpayers. In High Prairie, the cost is real and affects tax bills not in dimes and quarters, but in hundreds of dollars.

Meanwhile, the happy bean counter in Edmonton, void of any conscious whatsoever to the feelings and financial plight of small towns, doesn’t give a hoot. He is comfortable paying a few more dimes to get the facility while forgetting the hardship caused to people in small towns. Good for him! Idiot! He’s probably another failed accountant in the real world.

Down the road, Farnden says the Valleyview helipad cost about $200,000 five years ago and was funded by the Town of Valleyview, the M.D. of Greenview and Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation.

She suggests that business, industry and Indigenous communities be approached for funding and support for the High Prairie helipad.

I have a better solution. How about the provincial government doing what it was supposed to do in the first place? How about locking these know-it-alls in a room and explaining to them what happens in the real world?

Pathetic! It’s time small towns in Alberta told them so.

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