Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan is calling on the federal government to support Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic through a Universal Basic Income.
Khan stated, “I support many of the measures announced by the federal government yesterday. This is a good foundation upon which to tackle this crisis but we will need a bolder policy response in the coming weeks.
“That is why we are calling on the federal government to implement a temporary Universal Basic Income (UBI) of $1500 a month per Canadian adult and $500 per child. This UBI should not be means-tested. In this current situation, past earnings are not going to reliably indicate who needs fiscal support.
A message from Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan:
On behalf of the Alberta Liberal Party, I hope you are all staying well during these extremely difficult times. Albertans are facing an unprecedented global crisis. The entire world will be impacted for months and possibly years.
It's vital that we do all we can to stay healthy during this pandemic. We must also reach out to help others with their challenges. Please follow the advice to wash your hands frequently and maintain social distancing. Look out for one another, especially the elderly and more vulnerable members of our society.
Visit the Alberta Government’s website on COVID-19 for information and updates.
COVID-19 presents a serious public policy crisis for all Albertans. There are significant implications for health care, the economy, labour rights and the future structuring of our social services.
It's most important we heed the expert advice of public health officials, health care workers and our elected representatives. They have the most current and accurate information. They are committed to making the necessary and difficult decisions that will benefit all of us.
I am urging all political parties and all levels of government to work cooperatively and respectfully. United we can effectively manage the immense challenges we are facing across Alberta and throughout Canada.
We'll get through this together. Stay safe.
Friends and Members
With COVID-19 now classified as a global pandemic and increasing numbers of cases confirmed in the province all scheduled Alberta Liberal Party events will be postponed until further notice.
The Executive Committee will be meeting very shortly to discuss how to support Constituency Associations in organising AGMs and other events. We will be investigating various options with teleconferencing or virtual town halls.
I am aware that there will be questions that such a response is unnecessary or is going too far. I would simply argue that it is better to be safe than sorry. As a paramedic, working the front-line of our health care system, I am intimately aware of how the public health system is coping and how the situation is evolving. I assure you that I and the Executive Committee will continue to do our very best with this rapidly changing situation.
Please make every effort to stay healthy. Look after yourself and those close to you. If you are feeling unwell, stay home, phone a friend. Don’t hesitate to call 811 for information and support. For up to the minute information, keep an eye on AHS’ Covid19 website.
President, Alberta Liberal Party.