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.
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.