Alberta’s Catholic community is sharing in the anxiety over the UCP government’s 2020 budget.

Thousands marched on the Alberta legislature grounds on Feb. 27 to protest the budget, angered and anxious over what cuts and job losses lay in the province’s future. The budget plan could mean the loss of 1,430 public sector jobs over the next year, with many of those in education and health care.

“We have to send a message that we as Catholics are part of an outstanding publicly funded school system,” said Sandra Haltiner, a teacher at Mother Margaret Mary High School and president of Edmonton Catholic Teachers Local 54.

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