The importance of a strong economy is one of the biggest issues of this campaign. I believe that we need a government and representatives that have a strong fiscal balance and are willing to build partnerships between the business community to help build a stronger Alberta for the future.
Senior care is one of the many important issues that people bring up on the doors of Calgary-South East and I’m happy to share the newly released Alberta Party plan to improve senior care. You can learn more about the plan at the link below:
An Alberta Party government would take bold steps to help seniors age with respect and dignity, including the establishment of 3,500 long term care beds, and a new program to help seniors continue to live independently.
New Alberta Caregiver Tax Credit to support caregivers. The credit will mirror the Canada Caregiver Credit, ranging from $2,182 to $6,986 per year for each caregiver.
Keeping spouses together. By implementing a more effective wait list management policy partners will stay together. Up to 10% of seniors live apart for and separating partners places great strain on seniors and their families.
Establish a separate and new Ministry of Seniors. This ministry will assume the budget and authority of the current Ministry of Seniors and Housing, along with grants to seniors. A new Ministry of Housing will be established.
Creation of 3,500 long term care beds with community partners, similar to the Alberta Supportive Living Initiative. Each bed is estimated to cost around $65,000 to establish, and $75,000 per year to operate, for a $230 million capital cost, and $260 million annual operating cost.
Creation of a pilot similar to The “Better At Home” will help seniors and families with costs of home supports such as snow shovelling, meal preparation, grocery delivery, and lawn maintenance.
Stephen Mandel announced this morning an Alberta Party government would immediately move to keep more of Albertans’ money within the province, to help fund schools, hospitals and other provincial services, and to reduce the power imbalance between Alberta and Ottawa. An Alberta Party government commits to fighting to ensure Albertans receive the same treatment from the federal government as Quebec.
On Wednesday, Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel announced that an Alberta Party government will pursue the most ambitious plan for early learning and child care in the history of Alberta. Full details and press release are located at the link below, but you will also find key points right here: