Alberta seniors deserve better: Seniors call on all parties to commit to Priorities for Change
EDMONTON - Today Public Interest Alberta is releasing their Priorities for Change for Alberta Seniors.
“Seniors in Alberta face a wide range of issues and challenges,” said Terry Price, President of Public Interest Alberta and Chair of the Seniors Task Force. “As adult children care for aging parents and find the system impossible to navigate; as seniors whose spouses suffer with dementia are shuffled from one for-profit facility to another; or as Albertans living on fixed incomes make potentially life-threatening choices between rent, food, and medications, they experience firsthand the failure of successive provincial governments to honour the human rights of and to care for Alberta seniors.”Read more
Public Education plans not making the grade this election: Public Interest Alberta and partners call for commitment to Priorities for Change
EDMONTON - Today, the Alberta NDP announced their plan for investment into public education. Party leader Rachel Notley detailed investments of $700 million over the next four years, as well as hiring 4000 more teachers and 3000 more educational assistants.Read more
Public Interest Alberta and allies release priorities for public education in advance of provincial election
EDMONTON - As Albertans prepare for a pivotal provincial election, progressive advocacy organization Public Interest Alberta joined leaders, parents, students, workers and experts in public education to release its Priorities for Change in Public Education – a blueprint for public education in Alberta.Read more
Public Interest Alberta stands with PSAC members in their fight for a fair contract
Today, Bradley Lafortune, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta, issued the following statement of support to mobilize alongside Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) members who gave notice of an imminent strike that will begin at 12:01 A.M. ET on Wednesday, April 19th if no deal is reached by 7 P.M. MT today:Read more
“Albertans deserve better than feel-good publicity”: UCP funding for food banks fails to address the underlying inequity in Alberta
EDMONTON - Today, the UCP government has announced $10 million to help food banks and food security organizations.
“Albertans are struggling right now,” said Bradley Lafortune, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta. “Albertans are feeling the squeeze of record-breaking inflation and the cost of living crisis. The costs of essentials like food, utilities, and rent or mortgage are skyrocketing. Alberta is the most food-insecure province. It’s no wonder that food banks in Alberta are facing unprecedented demand for service.”Read more
“We need to dream bigger”: Public Interest Alberta urges all parties to take bold stances for Alberta post-secondary
EDMONTON - Today, the Alberta NDP hosted a press conference where they made a campaign commitment to lowering tuition for post-secondary education. Progressive advocacy organization Public Interest Alberta is concerned that the policy does not go far enough to address the issues facing Alberta’s post-secondary students.Read more
Real Estate Giants Not Paying Full Taxes: New Federal Report
EDMONTON — Today, the Parliamentary Budget Officer released a report showing that if tax exemptions for corporate Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) were removed, the federal government would collect a total additional $285.8 million in estimated revenue over the 2023 to 2027 tax years. This analysis points to the urgent need for stronger regulations of REITs, beginning with closing tax loopholes and enforcing a guaranteed, statutory tax rate of 38 per cent. With rents in Calgary rising about 25 per cent in the past year, Public Interest Alberta renewed its calls for immediate interventions in housing for Albertans.Read more
Federal Liberal Budget Must Focus on Rising Cost of Living and Housing Affordability
The Trudeau government is set to release their next federal budget on Tuesday, March 28 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
EDMONTON — At a time when Albertans and Canadians are suffering the long-term impacts of inflation and the rapidly-rising cost of living on essentials like groceries and housing, the federal budget must tackle structural issues like the affordability crisis, the housing market, and make major investments in the social safety net.Read more
Wage Grid Desperately Needed in Alberta for Early Childhood Educators
EDMONTON - Today, the federal government announced that families in Newfoundland and Labrador are benefitting from $10-a-day regulated child care – three years ahead of the national target. The federal government estimates that families will save around $6,300 per year for each child in care. In addition to the savings to families, the federal government also announced a wage grid starting at $25 per hour for early childhood educators with a two-year diploma.Read more
“How is it these grocery CEOs can sleep at night?”: Albertans call for an end to profiteering
EDMONTON - Today, Parliament is summoning grocery CEOs including Loblaws CEO Galen Weston to testify about the astronomical price of food. Progressive advocacy organization Public Interest Alberta and the University of Alberta Campus Food Bank called for immediate action to protect citizens from grocery profiteering and upstream solutions for the affordability crisis.Read more