Austerity budget yet another mark on a long list of UCP failures

For immediate release · February 29, 2024 4:29 PM

EDMONTON - “For the third year in a row, the budget is balanced — on the backs of Albertans,” said Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune. “Don’t fall for their spin. This is an austerity budget, plain and simple. The UCP are ignoring the needs of Albertans to continue their disastrous record of cuts, chaos and privatization.”

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‘Enough is Enough’: Provincial budget must invest in the public interest

For immediate release · February 27, 2024 2:49 PM

EDMONTON - The Alberta provincial budget will be released on Thursday, February 29th. In anticipation of its release, Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune has issued the following statement:

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“Advocacy Works”: Edmonton City Council to hold special meeting to declare a housing and homelessness crisis following public outcry

For immediate release · January 11, 2024 2:13 PM

EDMONTON - In response to Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi’s public commitment to call a special meeting to declare a housing and homelessness emergency, Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune issued the following statement:

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Public Interest Alberta and Allies Demand Edmonton Police Service ‘Stand Down’ From Mass Decampment

For immediate release · December 15, 2023 12:09 PM

EDMONTON - With sources within City Hall and administration confirming the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has unilaterally enacted a plan to forcibly decamp hundreds of Edmontonians in what is likely the city’s largest encampment sweep ever, Public Interest Alberta and allies are calling for EPS to stand down. The planned decampent is an infringement of the Charter rights of houseless people by EPS, will make the situation worse on the ground, and will bring Edmonton’s already massively strained emergency health system further to the breaking point.

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Disturbing revelations from the Child and Youth Advocate Annual Report: Public Interest Alberta demands urgent action

For immediate release · November 28, 2023 1:25 PM

EDMONTON - Today, The Child and Youth Advocate released their annual report. This report included the disturbing revelation that the office of the Advocate saw the highest number of deaths of young people in care since 2012, the year the office received a mandate to conduct investigative reviews. Bradley Lafortune, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta, issued the following statement in response:

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Alberta should follow Manitoba’s lead and bring back a Seniors Advocate, improve Seniors’ Care

For immediate release · November 22, 2023 1:50 PM

EDMONTON — Yesterday’s Speech from the Throne in Manitoba laid out the new government’s agenda. The speech includes commitments to: “increase the hours of direct care for each senior living in personal care homes. And create a Seniors Advocate — a strong, independent voice for seniors and their families,” as well as a commitment to increase home care support for seniors to remain in their homes.

For years, Friends of Medicare and Public Interest Alberta have been advocating for an independent, legislated, and properly empowered seniors advocate. Manitoba will now be joining British Columbia in having a Seniors Advocate with real teeth to conduct monitoring and analysis of seniors’ services, and to make recommendations to address issues and make long-overdue changes to the way that care is provided. Unfortunately, the UCP government has consistently insisted there is no need for such an advocate here since cutting the position in their last term.

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“Albertans Need Real Leadership”: Public Interest Alberta demands UCP prioritize housing, affordability, and public services this session

For immediate release · October 30, 2023 1:49 PM

As the Alberta Legislature resumes and Albertans wait to hear the priorities of the UCP government through the Speech from the Throne, Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune issued the following statement:

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“Not worth the paper it’s written on”: Public Interest Alberta criticizes the UCP report on the Alberta Pension Plan as a “fantasy”

For immediate release · September 21, 2023 12:30 PM

EDMONTON - In response to the release of the UCP’s release of a report on the creation of the Alberta Pension Plan (APP), Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune issued the following statement:

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“Save Our CPP”: Public Interest Alberta Demands UCP Government Release Alberta Pension Report

For immediate release · September 19, 2023 1:56 PM

EDMONTON - As the cost of living for everyday Albertans continues to skyrocket and Danielle Smith and the UCP government continues to hide its report on a new Alberta Pension Plan, a new coalition – the Canada Pension Plan Working Group – is demanding their report be publicly released immediately.

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Independent Public Inquiry Required into Ongoing E. Coli Outbreak

For immediate release · September 12, 2023 11:40 AM

The UCP government’s woefully inadequate response to what is likely the worst pediatric E. Coli outbreak in Canadian history continues to fuel mistrust in this government’s ability to respond to public health crises. Today, Public Interest Alberta and Friends of Medicare are calling for an immediate and independent public inquiry into all entities involved – both government and non-government.

Health officials say the number of affected Albertans continues to climb, with 264 lab confirmed cases so far – a jump from 231 since Monday while 25 Albertans are currently in hospital.

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