EPCOR Bills and Executive Compensation Skyrocket Out of Control

For immediate release · March 09, 2022 4:39 PM

EDMONTON - “Everyday Edmontonians are hurting after two years of living through this pandemic as the cost of everything skyrockets,” said Bradley Lafortune, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta. “There is simply no reason for EPCOR – which is wholly owned by the City – to be paying its CEO north of $2 million dollars a year. At a time when frontline workers are getting wage freezes or layoffs, it’s absurd.”

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Alberta Seniors Deserve Better: Further Privatization of Continuing Care Will Leave Seniors Paying More and Getting Less

For immediate release · March 03, 2022 11:16 AM

EDMONTON - The announcement today by Jason Kenney that the UCP government will direct $204 million dollars into their privatization agenda for seniors care will further degrade quality and affordability in continuing care. Public Interest Alberta and seniors advocates from across the province opposed the decision and committed to providing an alternative roadmap for seniors and continuing care that will enhance quality and affordability in the system.

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Kenney’s Commitment to Strip Municipalities of Governance Powers is Anti-Democratic

For immediate release · March 01, 2022 12:57 PM

EDMONTON - Today, Jason Kenney commitment to amending the Municipal Governance Act is a gross overreach of provincial powers. As a result, Public Interest Alberta today called on all government members of the Legislative Assembly to oppose any amendments introduced. Public Interest Alberta also committed to a province-wide dialogue to reconsider the special relationship between the province and municipalities.

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Budget is balanced…on the backs of Albertans

For immediate release · February 24, 2022 4:29 PM

EDMONTON - With the release of the 2022 Provincial Budget, Public Interest Alberta is ringing the alarm on the UCP’s reckless agenda of cuts, deregulation, and privatization. 

“The budget is balanced, but it is balanced on the backs of Albertans,” said PIA Executive Director Bradley Lafortune. “When Public Interest Alberta released our own budget priorities document, we had the audacity to hope for a budget that puts Albertans first. We called on the UCP to do something they’ve never done before: listen to everyday Albertans and prioritize their well-being over shareholder interests and corporate profits. Clearly, we were talking to a brick wall.”

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A Just Recovery for All: Alberta Budget 2022 Must Invest in People

For immediate release · February 18, 2022 3:30 PM

EDMONTON - In advance of the provincial budget, Public Interest Alberta released its own budget priorities document to promote a just recovery for all Albertans. After nearly two full years of a pandemic that has rocked healthcare, education and public services across the province, now is the time to reinvest in a recovery for Alberta families starting with a budget that puts people at the center of fiscal and economic policy.

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Public Interest Alberta’s Solidarity Statement with Striking Faculty at the University of Lethbridge

For immediate release · February 10, 2022 2:25 PM

Post-secondary education is a cornerstone of Alberta. Post-secondary education creates hundreds of thousands of jobs, and is one of the major employers in the province. It trains the workforce of tomorrow and works tirelessly to promote the public interest through ground-breaking research, teaching, and community engagement. 

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Wrong Direction, Wrong Time: Privatization Contract for Lab Services Dangerous during Pandemic

For immediate release · January 28, 2022 1:50 PM

EDMONTON - The announcement yesterday by Alberta Health Services (AHS) that DynaLife will expand its share of laboratory services is a clear sign of the UCP government’s ideological privatization agenda. Despite Alberta Health Quality Council’s 2017 report recommending an integrated and public laboratory testing system the UCP government is moving forward at a time when our lab services require stability.

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Public Interest Alberta urges Edmonton City Councillors to say ‘NO’ to corporate handouts

For immediate release · January 20, 2022 2:33 PM

EDMONTON - In response to Councillor Anne Stevenson’s motion to withdraw $37 million in funding from the Qualico Station Lands project, Public Interest Alberta Executive Director Bradley Lafortune issued the following statement:

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The Kenney government is setting Alberta's teachers and students up to fail

For immediate release · January 10, 2022 9:47 AM

EDMONTON - Today is the first day of back-to-school after the winter break. Public Interest Alberta’s Executive Director Bradley Lafortune issued the following statement: 

“Despite shuttering schools for another week after the scheduled winter break to ‘prepare,’ the Kenney government has utterly failed Alberta’s teachers, students, and parents. 

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Public Interest Alberta Stands in Solidarity with the Alberta Teachers’ Association Against Continued UCP Attacks

For immediate release · December 10, 2021 3:33 PM

EDMONTON - In response to Minister of Education LaGrange’s announcement of fracturing the Alberta Teachers’ Association, Terry Price, the president of Public Interest Alberta and former president of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, issued the following statement:

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