• 6 Ways the Federal Liberal Budget Makes Life Better for Albertans

    Posted by · April 20, 2021 3:18 PM

    The Liberal Federal Government is stepping up to help Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are 6 ways their budget is making life better for Albertans.

    Support for Albertans through the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The federal government has committed to continue helping all Canadians, including small and medium-sized businesses, through the pandemic by expanding COVID-19 supports. 

    The Canada Recovery Benefit will continue for another 12 weeks. EI sickness benefits are enhanced and numerous programs designed to help medium and small businesses extended. 

    These programs have been critical in assisting Albertans in keeping their heads above water during the pandemic. Prolonging these programs is the right move to keep Albertans safe and supported. 

    Affordable Childcare is a Priority

    The federal Government has announced $30 billion over the next five years for affordable childcare. Their announced goal is to halve fees in the next 18 months and ultimately reduce childcare fees to $10-a-day nationally. 

    Affordable childcare is critical to helping parents, especially women, participate in the labour market. If Canada and Alberta are to have an equitable economic recovery, this kind of investment is critical. 

    Will the UCP government cooperate with this move towards a national childcare program, or will they once again make it harder for women to work. 

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  • Alberta Liberals Call for Circuit Breaker Shutdown

    Posted by · April 06, 2021 6:27 PM

    Alberta Liberal Interim Leader John Roggeveen issues the following statement in reaction to today’s announced COVID-19 restrictions: 

    “The Kenney Government’s barely heightened COVID-19 restrictions are pathetically inadequate. The UCP half-measures will keep Alberta in a perpetual COVID-19 Groundhog Day. An enforced circuit breaker shutdown is the only way to overcome this virulent, potentially lethal threat. A 10% positivity rate is alarming. The variants are winning.

    “To defeat the COVID-19 virus we need strong, resolute action. We must shut down in-person attendance at our schools now, close all non-essential businesses, declare stay-at-home orders and enforce tougher restrictions on essential businesses.  We now have 10,809 active cases, including 4,604 variant cases. This sharp rise in cases – and more harmful variants in particular – can’t be taken lightly.

    “Alberta can’t afford to treat this wave of the pandemic the same as the last one. Variant cases are proving more transmissible and more deadly. We need a stronger response for a more dangerous phase of the pandemic. Non-compliance is no excuse for half measures. Alberta has the highest number of cases per capita in Canada. This health emergency demands stricter enforcement. 

    “Albertans want competent leadership and science-based solutions to the pandemic. A spineless government will prolong the agony. We need a broad shutdown now to stop the explosion of COVID-19 cases, as the December shutdown did, and put Alberta back on the path to recovery. This is the right move for Albertans’ safety and for Alberta’s economy. Regrettably, Jason Kenney and the UCP are failing Albertans again.”

  • Alberta Liberals react to Kenney’s outrageous Senators Legislation

    Posted by · April 01, 2021 8:12 AM

    Alberta Liberal Party Interim Leader John Roggeveen has issued the following statement regarding the outrageous “Senators Legislation” proposed by the Kenney Government.

    “This is the last straw. We all know that this government has an “attack Ottawa first, ask questions later” approach to governing, but this has crossed a line. This latest bill: from the UCP isn’t just sabre-rattling; it’s an assault on our fundamental freedoms. Outlawing Albertans from cheering for the Ottawa Senators is just plain wrong.

    “This is clearly retaliation for the UCP’s carbon tax defeat in the Supreme Court of Canada. Albertans should be free to cheer for any hockey team they wish, no matter how bad they are. That is our right as Canadians. 

    “I find this decision ironic on multiple levels. First, we have a government with a Minister of Red Tape Reduction creating a law to prevent something that no one is doing, even in Ottawa. Let’s be real here. The Senators have fewer fans than the Alberta Liberals had votes in the last election. This legislation is entirely unnecessary.  Adding to the irony is that Ottawa Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk’s relationship with fans was a clear inspiration for Tyler Shandro’s relationship with Alberta’s doctors. 

    “With this latest move, Kenney has proven his credibility equals the number of Stanley Cups won by Melnyk’s Senators: ZERO. It’s a shame picking premiers does not work like an NHL draft. If it did, Alberta would be getting first pick overall in the next election.”