UCP budget deepens cuts to public services as tax gap worsens

For immediate release · February 27, 2020 4:26 PM

The Alberta government has released its provincial budget, which continues the previous budget's direction of significant cuts in nearly every area of public services, while ignoring the gap between Alberta and every other province in tax revenue generated.

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Throne Speech full of government spin to justify cuts and handout to the wealthy

For immediate release · February 25, 2020 3:51 PM

EDMONTON - The Alberta Throne Speech was delivered today, and it contained several problematic or misleading statements related to public services and spending, including that the government plans to “protect front-line services” by maintaining or increasing spending on core services “to record high levels.”

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“Albertans deserve quality health care” is the rallying cry aboard the People’s Bus

For immediate release · February 13, 2020 1:23 PM

EDMONTON - Today, dozens of concerned Albertans are gathering on The People’s Bus, chartered by Friends of Medicare and Public Interest Alberta. The bus will be travelling from Edmonton to Calgary, making a stop in Red Deer, to canvass the constituency of the Minister of Health, Tyler Shandro. The groups are concerned about deep cuts and privatization the provincial government is imposing on Alberta’s health care and seniors’ care systems. 

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AHS review recommends less care, higher costs for Alberta families in seniors’ care

For immediate release · February 03, 2020 12:26 PM

The Alberta government has released its much-anticipated review of Alberta Health Services, recommending significant cuts and other major changes to seniors’ care. One recommendation is for 1,300 patients in Long Term Care (LTC) beds to Designated Supportive Living (DSL). Another is to increase the rate Albertans pay for LTC. The major difference between these two levels of care is that in long term care pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and medical equipment are covered by the public system; in designated supportive living, those costs are shifted to patients and their families.

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New post-secondary funding model means red tape expansion and more cuts

For immediate release · January 20, 2020 3:03 PM

The Alberta government has announced new “outcome-based” funding for post-secondary institutions on the first day of what it has declared “Red Tape Reduction Awareness Week.”

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Report shows investing in families is key to ending child poverty

For immediate release · January 14, 2020 10:00 AM

EDMONTON - The Alberta College of Social Workers, Edmonton Social Planning Council, and Public Interest Alberta have jointly released a report on the state of child and family poverty in Alberta called “Invest in Families: Ending Child Poverty is Good for All”.

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Budget makes cuts that will hurt all Albertans and worsens severe revenue shortage

For immediate release · October 24, 2019 4:40 PM

EDMONTON - Alberta’s provincial budget has been released and contains cuts (in some cases by not funding inflation and population growth) across many areas of public services.

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Audit of Class Size Initiative provides useful analysis, comes to wrong conclusion

For immediate release · October 18, 2019 11:33 AM

EDMONTON - The Alberta government has released the results of its audit of the Class Size Initiative, which gave provincial funding to school boards to reduce the number of children per classroom. The government’s conclusion from the report is that it “cannot continue to throw money at this problem.”

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New data shines light on minimum wage freeze as missed opportunity to strengthen Alberta’s economy

For immediate release · October 01, 2019 9:35 AM

EDMONTON - Public Interest Alberta has released its annual Low Wage Report with data from Statistics Canada which shows that nearly a quarter million of Alberta’s lowest wage workers can legally have their wages cut this year, as the minimum wage has been frozen for the first time since 2010. Inflation was 1.3% for the past year.

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MacKinnon panel delivers on mandate to recommend gutting Alberta's public services

For immediate release · September 03, 2019 2:34 PM

EDMONTON - The Blue Ribbon Panel on Alberta’s Finances, which was appointed to make recommendations to the Alberta government on how to cut spending largely related to public services and infrastructure, appears to have gone beyond its mandate by making recommendations related to the province’s tax system. The Panel’s report prominently states, “Raising taxes is not the answer,” while providing no rationale or evidence to support that statement.

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