Local governments are having to reduce staffing and funding in other departments in order to increase funding to police services as in Calgary, Alberta;
Recent statistics indicate health services wait times have climbed from an average of 9 weeks to a new high of 22 weeks;
The Government of Canada has made a goal to increase immigration by 300,000 to 400,000 immigrants per year, or approximately 1 percent of the total population which will place additional strains on front line municipal services;
The number of people seeking refugee status has increased and the number of people awaiting deportation has tripled;
The necessary costs of processing these increased cases have not been provided;
The federal government believes it to be beneficial to increase the national debt in order to fund initiatives such as infrastructure, the opioid crisis, gang violence, even proposing $480 million to buy voting shares in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which will finance projects overseas; and
The government has not committed funds to maintain the deteriorating social service infrastructure or to increase support for provincial and local police, fire, Emergency Medical Services and health services.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to direct a substantial portion of the incoming cannabis tax revenue to provide each noted and affected department at all levels of government with the resources to be able to cope with the increase in demand on their services due to the rapid rise of demand for front-line government services in Canada.
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