Representatives of Public Interest Alberta today congratulated members of the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission on the recent release of the commission’s Interim Report.Read more
EDMONTON— Today the Government of Alberta announced the locations of 22 pilot Early Learning and Child Care Centres across the province, creating nearly 1,300 new spaces with a focus on affordability and quality.Read more
EDMONTON—Public Interest Alberta Board Chair Larry Booi stated today that recent letters to the President and Chancellor of the University of Alberta by Catholic boards and superintendents are “a shocking example of an assault on academic freedom in our province.”Read more
EDMONTON—Public Interest Alberta joined with 13 other organizations today to urge the provincial government to phase out the public funding of private schools, exempting special education schools, over three years and reallocate the money to fulfill its education-related campaign promises.Read more
EDMONTON—Public Interest Alberta Executive Director Joel French participated in a Government of Alberta's budget consultation this morning in Edmonton. His advice to government was to focus on three main priorities:Read more
EDMONTON—Public Interest Alberta Executive Director Joel French participated in a Government of Alberta's budget consultation this morning in Edmonton. His advice to government was to focus on three main priorities:
- Do not approach the budget with the goal of making piecemeal cuts.
- Address the long-term, chronic underfunding by enhancing government revenue through fair taxation.
- Stop the public funding of private schools, and reallocate that funding to strengthening public education.
"Rather than piecemeal cuts to public services, this government needs to address the severe revenue shortage in the province," said Joel French. "Making cuts – and that includes not keeping pace with population growth and inflation – is short-sighted and affects Albertans directly through their hospitals, classrooms, or care facilities.”
French noted that the tax systems of any other province would raise at minimum an additional $7.5 billion in revenue for the province.
"Having a tax system that doesn't raise sufficient revenue is not an advantage," said French. "The real Alberta advantage is our capacity to raise the revenue we need to have the strongest public services in the country.”
French added that the public funding currently going to private schools should be reallocated to fund the government’s still-unfulfilled education promises.
“More than $100 million is being used to subsidize schools outside of the public systems while the government’s election promises of reducing school fees, reducing classroom sizes, increasing classroom supports, and introducing a school lunch program remain unfunded. A reallocation of funds could improve classrooms for all Albertans.”
EDMONTON - Edmonton City Council is hosting a public hearing today on its proposal to sell $3.1 billion worth of drainage assets to EPCOR for $1.00.Read more
EDMONTON—Representatives of Public Interest Alberta urged members of the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission to take action to resolve serious problems with Alberta’s current constituency boundaries.Read more
EDMONTON—Family members with loved ones in care in Hinton were joined this morning by Public Interest Alberta Executive Director, Joel French, and Friends of Medicare Executive Director, Sandra Azocar, to call on the provincial government to take action to support Hinton residents in need of long-term care.Read more
EDMONTON—Today Public Interest Alberta, in partnership with the Terra Centre for Teen Parents and Early Childhood Development Support Services, released the results of a province-wide survey of child care operators. The responses highlighted concerns related to accessibility, affordability, and quality of early learning and child care in Alberta.Read more