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“Economies of Scale” is a distant 2nd to “Political Control”


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“Economies of Scale” has been the go to response by politicians when they want to centralize operations. There is some validity to this response.

Wal-Mart is in a scale all it’s own, so big it controls the pricing of items around the world. The local mom-and-pop store cannot compete.

Pension funds are so large they monopolize the markets and small fund managers cannot compete.

Provinces quote; “Economies of Scale” when they centralize purchasing, education, health care and other services.

The E.U. benefited from large scales in business, health care and even immigration.

So in all intent and purposes there is some validity in “Economies of Scale”.

There have been many tales of businesses raiding their employees pension funds for expansion, to cover losses, to cover bonuses, or to keep the doors open.

The C.P.P. is a huge national pension fund, well managed with double digit returns which is often 3 times the returns of a smaller Alberta provincial pension fund.

Now we are hearing tales of Alberta Oil & Gas businesses needing or wanting to raid pension funds to cover losses, to cover bonuses or to keep the doors open. There is discussions in political circles of raiding the Alberta provincial employees pension funds to the tune of a billion dollars for oil and gas investments. These same political circles are looking at the C.P.P. or Alberta’s citizens portion of.

The C.P.P. enjoys “Economes of Scale” and in a large diverse market offers envious returns on investments. Unlike smaller, less diverse pension funds.

The Alberta politicians know this but they want control of the pensions to subsidize businesses for political reasons. Having control is much more important than “Economies of Scale” to a politician.

Control is most important to other levels of government, too. The city of Red Deer is looking at establishing a new police force other than the RCMP. They know it will cost more in taxes and they will have less access to more specialized services but the city will have more control.

Fiscal conservatism is much less important than having control.

Politicians of all levels will take our tax money to hire lawyers and fight for control of everything.

We only have one pocket to draw from to pay for all these services and court cases and political control issues.

What ever happened to the much lauded; “Economies of Scale”? Too many political kings wanting control of too many things, all putting their hands in our pocket, that’s what.

When the world is becoming more globalize-oriented it appears politicians are striving for isolationism to feed their need to control. All at our expense.


Political editor/writer and retired oilfield supervisor

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Grant’s story: Amazing Improvement with Hard Work & Support

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Grant was in his mid-fifties – maybe a bit overweight but with no other cardiovascular risk factors. However, a stroke hit and hit hard. His right side was very compromised, he had little use of his hands, he was unable to walk or lift his right arm. He was hospitalized in Red Deer for 4 months and then went to the Centennial Centre in Ponoka for rehab for 6 months. His doctor had told him that he would be bound to a wheelchair for the rest of his life and would never walk again or be able to recover from this stroke. This made Grant angry as he didn’t want this prognosis.

Since that time, he has put a lot of work and effort into getting better. The physios and rehab team helped him make progress, but he kept asking them how he could get more training. They were able to refer him to Recreation Therapy at RDPCN. His therapist arranged to work with him at the Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre three times per week. He is doing a lot better now. He can walk with a cane and he can lift 30 pounds on the machines at the gym. He can now clap hands. He has gained strength and control, his gait has improved along with his endurance, and he has an increased range of motion and strength in his upper extremities. He can now do many more tasks of daily living such as carry groceries, cook and barbeque.

Grant states that his doctor can’t believe his progress. Other people he knows have said very similar things. Working with the Rec Therapist has been very encouraging and supportive. The Rec Therapist has really helped me to stay motivated. Having a plan for myself also helps the attendants at the Gary Harris Centre to work with me to move forward. I have highly recommended this program to others I know who have had a stroke.

My work is not done but I am proud of the progress I have made and thankful for everything I can do for myself.

To learn more about the RDPCN programs, visit

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Keep cool with the firefighters this Thursday!

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Pop-up Spray Parks

Members of Red Deer Emergency Services, RCMP and Municipal Enforcement blasted the hoses to keep you cool Thursdays in July and August.

Pop-up spray parks are popping up across Red Deer this summer. Beat the heat with Red Deer Emergency Services, Municipal Policing Services and RCMP in a neighbourhood near you.

Participants are reminded to not attend if they are feeling unwell or are currently required to quarantine.

Thursdays from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Date Location Address
July 22 Highland Green Community Centre 65 Halladay Avenue
July 29 Deer Park Community Association 181 Dowler Street
August 5 To Be Confirmed —–
August 12 Riverside Meadows Community Centre 6021 57 Avenue
August 19 Joseph Welsh Elementary School 4401 37 Avenue

*Events are weather dependent.


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