I am calling on Jason Kenney and the UCP government to implement a mandatory mask policy for all public indoor spaces in all regions on the enhanced list. #ableg #abhealth #covid19 1/8
The No.1 way we can protect the most vulnerable is to control community spread. Rural areas and smaller communities are at higher risk of their hospitals and continuing care centres overwhelmed and their economies hurt if we don’t get COVID-19 cases under control. #ableg 2/8
Currently 91 of Alberta’s 142 regions are on the enhanced list, and many do not have mask policies in place including, but not limited to, the City of Medicine Hat, the City of Brooks, the Town of Drumheller, and the City of Cold Lake. #ableg #abhealth #covid19 3/8
In Manitoba, the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases in smaller communities saw their hospitals quickly overwhelmed. In one instance, nurses were forced to triage patients in their cars as health care workers struggled to keep up with demand. #ableg #abhealth 4/8
Yesterday, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced a mask mandate for all communities over 5,000. This expands a previous mandatory mask policy for Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. #ableg #abhealth 5/8
The UCP government has already gone out of their way to undermine health care in rural and remote parts of Alberta. I’m very concerned that if we don’t reduce cases quickly, these centres will be completely overrun. #ableg #abhealth 6/8
At the end of the day, it’s a fairly simple thing we can do. Masks reduce community spread and don’t hurt the economy. #ableg #abhealth #covid19 7/8
Let’s keep our economy running. Let’s keep people in their jobs. Wear a mask. #ableg #abhealth #covid19 8/8

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17 Nov
After learning that some health care workers who are sick or must isolate are being forced to take leave without pay, we are calling for Premier Jason Kenney to follow through on his commitment and introduce sustained sick pay.

#ableg #covid19ab #cdnhealth
The new federal sick pay program, formally called the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, does provide eligible recipients with $450 per week after taxes, but it only can only to cover two weeks of leave from work.
We can’t ask people to choose between paying their bills and obeying public health orders. The federal paid sick leave only lasts for 10 days and it does not apply to people working in hospitals who come into close contact with a patient positive for COVID-19.
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16 Nov
Alberta’s NDP and small business owners are calling for a suite of support measures for struggling small businesses in light of new, last-minute COVID-19 measures announced by the UCP government last week.

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Once again Jason Kenney has delayed action until the last possible moment creating unfair pressure on struggling small businesses in many parts of Alberta. #covid19ab
Businesses need certainty, and they need support from this government so that we can all do our part to bring COVID-19 under control without completely sacrificing livelihoods.

#SupportLocalYYC #supportlocalYEG
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26 Oct
The wildcat strikes occurring across Alberta are deeply concerning. Like all Albertans, our Caucus believes patient safety must always be the top priority.

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Jason Kenney’s proposal to privatize the work of 11,000 front line healthcare workers in the middle of a pandemic will absolutely result in poorer quality healthcare for Albertans.
His suggestion that this can be done without compromising care defies common sense. For the sake of Alberta patients and the people who care about them, this reckless plan must stop.
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23 Oct
Our NDP Children’s Services Critic @pancholi_rakhi and I were so pleased to be joined by Phil Fulton, a father of two children in #Calgary, who talked about his family's struggle to find child care that was available, affordable, of good quality and close to their home and work. ImageImageImage
In Calgary, the average cost of full-time child care is $1,000 per month, making it the third most expensive city in Canada for child care. #yyc
We're calling for a comprehensive workforce strategy as part of a new proposal for universal, quality, affordable and accessible early learning and child care.

#abed #ablabour
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23 Oct
We're calling for a comprehensive workforce strategy as part of a new proposal for universal, quality, affordable and accessible early learning and child care.

#abfuture #canlab #abecon #canfem Image
When fully implemented, the proposal, released Friday at AlbertasFuture.ca would put at least 42,500 people back to work and would increase Alberta’s GDP by nearly $6 billion.
The single most effective economic strategy we can implement to get people back to work and grow our economy, is to offer universal, affordable early learning child care.
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13 Oct
Jason Kenney’s Health Minister Tyler Shandro revealed plans today to destroy 11,000 jobs at AHS, spread confusion and chaos across the province’s hospitals, and impose new out-of-pocket costs onto Alberta patients and families.

#ableg #cdnhealth #abhealth
Jason Kenney’s plans are completely irresponsible. These plans will cause harm to patients, harm to communities - particularly rural ones - and they will harm our chances for an economic recovery.
The AHS Performance Review Proposed Implementation Plan, finalized in mid-August and released publicly today, calls for the “reconfiguring” rural ERs; contracting out of housekeeping, food services, and laundry services; and new charges and co-pays for seniors in long-term care.
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