Alberta Liberal Leader Dave Khan issues the following release on the passing of Bill 26: An Act to Combat Poverty and Fight for Albertans with Disabilities.
Khan stated, “This legislation is too little, too late from the NDP Government. It is one more example of how they’re failing Albertans on social programs.
“This Government should have committed to increasing AISH and other income supports. It should have indexed them to inflation three-and-a-half years ago when they were first elected. Instead, the NDP let Alberta’s most vulnerable languish—until just before an election—while they piled on record levels of debt.
“The flat rate increases to these programs are too low. Albertans relying on AISH have not received an increase since 2012. The increases provided today do not even account for inflation over the last 6 years.
“AISH recipients will be poorer under this NDP legislation than they were under the PC Government 6 years ago. This is not the progressive Government that Albertans voted for.
“These income support increases should have at least covered the rise in the cost of living.”
If AISH benefits were increased relative to inflation, a single person would have received monthly payments of $1,743 instead of $1,685. That extra $58 a month can have an enormous impact on the life of someone on income supplements.
AISH recipients receiving payments from the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) program will see a few dollars more this year because the annual CCB increases will be clawed back from their AISH payments.
Khan continued, “I’m also concerned about the clawbacks on AISH payments based on federal income supports. The NDP Government should have used this legislation to explore reducing or eliminating clawbacks based on federal income support payments programs.”
Alberta Liberals will continue to fight for quality of life for all Albertans.
Calgary, AB - Nov. 29, 2018: Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan will present a major speech to the Southern Alberta Council of Public Affairs (SACPA) in Lethbridge.
Khan will articulate his views and Alberta Liberal Party policies on deficits, pipelines, economic development, agriculture, the environment, and PACs. He will also discuss the current state of provincial politics with an election pending in the Spring of 2019.
WHEN: 11:45 am, Thursday, November 29, 2018
WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion (North Door), 324 Mayor Magrath Dr S. Lethbridge
David Khan will be available for interviews at 11:30 at the Legion.
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Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan calls on the Government to provide more support to Women’s Shelters
Calgary, AB - Nov. 28, 2018: Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan responds to shocking annual report from the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS).
Crisis calls to women’s shelters are up a staggering 10% over the last two years, according to AWCS. Their report also states 16,722 women, children and seniors were turned away due to lack of space in the last year. 54% of women who entered shelters faced “severe” or “extreme” danger.
Khan stated, “It is absolutely critical that we protect women and children fleeing domestic abuse and unsafe environments. We cannot expose vulnerable people—our sisters, mothers, daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, aunts, and friends—to this kind risk and danger."