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BREAKING: Premier Jason Kenney announces they are reversing the increase to the education tax, stays at 2019 levels.

Saves $55M for homewoners, 32M for business.

Employers will only be responsible for 50% of the property tax due this year, as Kenney says they will deferred for now.

Says over $400M will remain with employers for next months.
Kenney encourages real estate companies to pass these deferrals onto renters.
Worker Comp premiums also being deferred for employers, but will not impact workers- the protections will still be in place.

Small and medium sized businesses- the govt is cutting their WCB premiums in half.
Kenney reminds that this is in addition to the bi-weekly isolation bridge payment of $1146 that Albertans can apply for as of this week if they are forced to lock themselves down. #yeg #yyc
Kenney on tens of thousands of snowboards coming home-

Self-isolate IMMEDIATELY upon returning to Alberta- don't go to the grocery store, kennel, seeing the grandkids.

Whether youre driving home or coming via airport, GO HOME RIGHT AWAY.

"We will not tolerate (this)"

Kenney says they will use stronger legal tools and penalties for anyone who violates direction of public health officer to isolate.
On those disgusting COVID scams- such as the one about telling someone they have COVID and asking for personal info- Kenney says exercise caution in these cases, especially if they are unsolicited.

Go to ALBERTA.CA/COVID19 for actual info.
Kenney says DON'T HOARD.

Was at soup kitchen this morning, said officials told him demand jumped by 80% but that these kitchens are having a difficult time meeting the need because grocery stores are facing a tough time.
For the COVID fraudsters and scam artists, Kenney says "There is a special place in hell for them."
Kenney says they're asking other govts for supplementary equipment.

Needs feds to step up in an unprecedented way to keep the economy from complete collapse. Points to size of UK, US packages- wants Canada to meet that level, per capita.
Kenney says they have the power to issue quarantine orders.

Wants Alberta Health presence to be upped at the border/airports.

Looking at increasing fine levels.
Kenney says they are considering a short-term stay on enforcement of eviction notices.

BUT says many of the orders predate COVID- folks who haven't paid for a long-time, drug dealers, bad tenants.

Still says it makes no sense to kick out tenants for missing April rent.
Kenney says they are doing everything they can right now to stop taking money from Alberta businesses for the time being.

Also looking at similar action on other provincial fees.

Admits bigger steps may be necessary, going above what the province can do.
Here are the details on the tax relief announced by Premier Kenney today.…
Kenney says legislature will stay in session.

Met with Notley, said they agreed to stay open.

By keeping session open, it allows the flexibility to move things forward.

There would be a 50 MLA max, if they meet.
The Babylon app!

Kenney says the platform has been used in some other advanced health care services, including in the BC under the NDP.

Says it meets privacy laws, and he has confidence in the app.

Calls it a 21st century of calling up the doc.
Kenney says he hasn't asked the feds to use the National Emergencies Act, doesn't see it as necessary now.

If they do go that route, not to subordinate emergency measures enacted by each province, as they know best how to respond as they are on the ground.
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