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Critics worry too many Albertans ineligible for $600 inflation relief

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“When you compare it to competitive states, that’s a big relief we’re offering.”

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As details of Alberta’s Prime Minister Daniel Smith’s $2.4 billion inflation relief package slowly emerge, the state’s affordability minister says it’s leaving too many unfit. It said it was designed to target people who need it most, despite criticism of

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Prime Minister Smith on Tuesday announced the government’s plan to deal with the effects of inflation. This includes paying him $600 for six months for each senior and child under the age of 18 in a household with an annual income of less than $180,000. These same cash payments are given to people receiving Alberta income for severely disabled (AISH) and developmentally disabled (PDD) payments.

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On Wednesday, Affordability and Utilities Minister Matt Jones joined the government’s announcement outlining the details. $20 million over two years for food banks As part of the promised inflation relief law.

Responding to reporters’ questions about why many Albertans, including minimum wage singles, are not eligible for the six $100 payments, Jones said families with children, seniors, He said there is a high need for vulnerable Albertans.

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He also said the “majority” of Alberta is entitled to some assistance through government assistance. This includes an extended power rebate for 4 months or an additional $200. In addition, the petrol tax grace period will be extended.

“Compared to competitive states, this is a huge relief that we are providing,” Jones said, adding that the government hopes to start sending monthly checks starting in January.

The “behind the napkin” project: Notley

In response to Smith’s announcement on Wednesday, opposition NDP leader Rachel Notley said the plan to leave about 2 million Albertans behind was ill-conceived and inefficient.

“We’re talking about a plan that was deployed very quickly, almost behind a napkin, by a pretty green prime minister,” Notley said.

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Notley said the promise to reindex profits had UCP not de-indexed AISH in 2019 would not make up for the $3,000 that vulnerable Albertans would have had. said.

“It’s a pre-election gift card that’s missing some very important Alberta families in need,” Notley said of the package, including those without children, singles, those without income support, and those without income support. People who don’t drive or rent Not eligible for state power rebates.

But Notley on Wednesday refused to give an accurate estimate of taxpayer cash the NDP government would provide, only saying it would have given more money to low-income Albertans.

Alberta’s Condo Owners’ Forum Association also called on Smith on Wednesday to open up the restrictions. Condo owners may be eligible For rebate programs.

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Duane Blatt, a political scientist at Mount Royal University, said Tuesday’s announcement was a political victory, but Smith said other issues, such as including the renamed Alberta sovereignty in the Uniform Canadian Act said he may have confused the message by delving into the

In an interview Wednesday with the Post Media, he said fixed-income seniors and those on social assistance have suffered more because of inflation, but older people vote more. It’s fair to note the trend, and Smith is also trying to appeal to suburban political support.Mom.

“Will this divide people in Alberta into those who get checks and those who don’t, or do people (to say) say, ‘I have blunt instruments and I’m going to help utilities and gas taxes and AISH’ Is it being supported, and are the most vulnerable people being supported? Or would you say, ‘I didn’t get my share’?” asked Bratt.

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On Tuesday, Smith also suggested there would be help for low-income transit users.

Jones spokeswoman Andrea Farmer told the Postmedia on Wednesday that the department will release an item-by-item breakdown of the $2.4 billion spending as details are being finalized and the bill has yet to be submitted or passed. Said it can’t be done. It’s planned.

University of Calgary economist Trevor Tombe told the Post Media on Wednesday that the $600 payment is an expense experienced by a typical family with two or three children and incomes below $120,000 due to high inflation. said to be approximately equal to the increase in

However, he said, “I think it’s a disappointing decision because there are no families making $30,000 while families making $175,000 are being supported.”

Using files from Josh Aldrich

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