Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012
Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it
by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan
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The relationships between municipalities and the provincial government can often be difficult, with bitter arguments emerging over funding and infrastructure. Linda Sloan is hoping to change that through the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Local Matters campaign. As AUMA’s president, Sloan has been instrumental in raising the issues faced by urban municipalities responsible for funding infrastructure and essential services while relying on relatively few tax dollars and an outdated system of ad hoc grants from the provincial government. The campaign went public in March 2012, but Sloan’s message was already getting traction by April, when municipal funding became a significant issue in the provincial election.