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  • Media Release: Alberta Liberal Board of Directors select John Roggeveen as Interim Leader

    Posted by · March 06, 2021 12:39 PM

    Calgary, AB - March 6th, 2021: The Alberta Liberal Party Board of Directors has appointed Calgary lawyer John Roggeveen as Interim Leader.

    Party President Helen Mcmenamin stated, “John is the ideal candidate for this position. He brings integrity, skills and insight to this role.  He has years of political experience and a deep commitment to building the Party and serving Albertans.”

    John Roggeveen was raised in Edmonton and is a graduate of the University of Alberta. He is married with three adult daughters and has a private law practice in Calgary. A past Liberal candidate, he has served in various capacities on the Alberta Liberal Party Board.

    “It is an honour to serve Albertans and to serve the Alberta Liberal Party,” said Roggeveen. “Good policies are one of the strengths of our party but good organization will be the foundation for successfully implementing them. My focus will be on creating a stronger organization so that the Alberta Liberals will be a force in the next election.”

     

  • Alberta Liberal Statement on 2021 Budget

    Posted by · February 25, 2021 5:00 PM

    Calgary, AB - February 25, 2021: The Alberta Liberals issues the following statement on the 2021 Alberta Budget.

    Today’s UCP budget was an exercise in warped priorities and shortsightedness. This budget is bad news for Alberta’s economy, the province’s finances, and Albertans’ welfare. 

    Even during a pandemic, the UCP can’t keep themselves from making ideological cuts. Decreased funding to Alberta’s post-secondary institutions is the last thing Alberta needs. If the government is serious about economic growth and diversification, Alberta will require an educated and well-trained workforce. Cuts to post-secondary education directly undermine the UCP’s own stated goals. We must invest more, not less. 

    The UCP is failing to provide the necessary economic supports for businesses to recover. The Small and Medium Enterprise Grant is a good program, but it is underfunded. We must direct more provincial funds and federal aid towards this program to keep our small and medium-sized businesses afloat. 

    The lack of targeted funding to address the pandemic’s unequal effects on women is shocking. We must invest in programs to get women back in the workforce; otherwise, inequality will deepen, and Alberta will take an even more significant economic hit. 

    This budget also ignores the reality of the mental health and addictions crisis in Alberta by providing no new funding for this area. Mental health problems are on the rise due to COVID-19. 2020 was a record-setting year for opioid deaths. Funds might be tight, but mental health and addictions are areas where we need to spend more. 

    The Government’s flat-out refusal to address revenue problems ensures their $18.4 billion dollar deficit won’t be an anomaly. While recognising the difficult financial situation facing Albertans, we must plan to implement a sales tax in the coming years. An HST is the most economically efficient way to raise revenue for the public services Albertans depend on. Alberta’s future depends on rethinking our fiscal framework. 

  • Budget Priorities: Building Back Better

    Posted by · February 25, 2021 12:09 PM

    Relief. Rebuild. Renew. 

    Albertans deserve better from this Budget. We are in a time of dramatic change, and that requires bold leadership. Alberta’s government needs to help Albertans today and build the bridge to tomorrow. 

    The Alberta Liberal plan focuses on the three Rs. These will meet Alberta’s needs today and build towards a better tomorrow. 

    • Relief: We will provide Albertans with the relief to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    • Rebuild: We have a plan to rebuild our economy for the 21st century. 
    • Renew: We will renew the Alberta Advantage to be sustainable, resilient and fair. 

    Relief

    COVID-19 has left an unprecedented number of Albertans vulnerable and in need of support, but the UCP Government has left over $300 million in federal aid unspent. The Alberta Liberals would use those funds immediately to help Albertans through this challenging time. 

    We must make sure Albertans can afford to take time off work when they are sick or test positive for Covid-19 so that they can recover and self-isolate. Any Albertans who qualify for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit should get an additional $100-per-week payment to top off this federal government’s program payment of $450 per week. 

    We would expand support for struggling businesses through the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. We would increase SMERG payments for small businesses from 15% of pre-covid revenue to 20% and increase the payment caps by $5,000. 

    Students entering the workforce during COVID19 are facing some of the greatest challenges. That is why we propose the suspension of student loan repayments and interest charges until the end of 2021. 

    Relief for parents struggling to make ends meet and care for children is needed now. But a temporary program isn’t enough. We need to create permanent, affordable daycare for all parents.  This is particularly important for getting women back into the workforce. There is no recovery without a she-covery. 

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