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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Government fiscal update continues to ignore the real problem: revenue

For immediate release · August 27, 2019 5:03 PM

EDMONTON - The Government of Alberta released their first quarter financial report with ideologically-driven talking points that they must curtail spending, while continuing to ignore the actual issue facing Alberta’s economy: revenue. 

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Public Interest Alberta rings alarm bells on expansion of charter schools

For immediate release · June 07, 2019 1:12 PM

Bill 8 “a direct threat to public education”

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Government’s discriminatory differential minimum wage will hurt both youth and other low wage workers

For immediate release · May 27, 2019 3:35 PM

EDMONTON - The Government of Alberta is introducing a new differential minimum wage for workers under the age of 18, cutting youth wages from $15 to $13 per hour. This discriminatory decision will hurt youth who should be receiving equal work for equal pay, and also hurt other workers in low wage sectors.

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Already severe government revenue shortage will worsen with handouts to corporations: Public Interest Alberta

For immediate release · May 13, 2019 3:53 PM

EDMONTON - The Alberta government will introduce a bill in the upcoming session of the Legislature to cut the tax on the profits of large corporations. They plan to slash the rate from 12 percent to 8 percent over four years ($2.36 billion), which will worsen Alberta’s revenue shortfall to line the pockets of the wealthy.

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Blue ribbon panel to balance budget looks to be justification for cuts to public services

For immediate release · May 07, 2019 1:30 PM

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has announced a blue ribbon panel to make recommendations on how to balance Alberta’s budget without increasing taxes.

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