Future social needs will require funding

Editor: With all the talk of mining, oil sands, pipelines, etc., we really need to stop and think about quality of life for generations.

Editor:

With all the talk of mining, oil sands, pipelines, etc., we really need to stop and think about quality of life for generations to come.

While there are various opinions on how to do this, there are very few who would deny that future.

Governments will need a positive cash inflow.

Governments are already scrambling to fund a properly functioning system, but it will get worse without new revenue streams from mega resource projects.

In the present and the future we will need jobs, and our various levels of government will need money to fund our expensive social programs — health care, old age pensions, etc. Governments don’t have money.

They collect it and redistribute it.

Let’s not kid ourselves — we need to have the infrastructure and industry in place that will ensure that we can look forward to a future of prosperity, not poverty.

In no way is this unattainable. We can protect the Earth and develop our resources, responsibly.

There are really no options if we want to maintain our standard of living or raise it.

Bill Carruthers,

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