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Affordability still the biggest issue for Albertans; Schow

Posted on December 28, 2022 by Sunny South News

By Cole Parkinson
Sunny South News

Albertans have understandably been covered about inflation and affordability in the province over the past several months. The provincial government is well aware of these concerns and Cardston-Siksika MLA Joseph Schow says that’s still the first topic of discussion when speaking with constituents.

“What I am hearing is affordability. If I can package everything up down to one issue — even with Bill 1 — it comes down to affordability. Ottawa’s intrusion is potentially taking food off of Albertans’ tables and hurting their bottom line,” he said. “They’re already dealing with major inflation in this province and in this country that was created in this country. Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh, their pact to keep each other in power, and Albertans are just trying to pay their bills.”

Schow also touched on a Bill that was recently discussed during the fall sitting of the Alberta Legislative.

“With Bill 2, the Alberta Inflation Relief Statutes Amendment Act, (we’re) taking serious steps towards helping Albertans through this difficult time. Parents and children under 18, seniors, people on PDD, AISH recipients and then initiatives that we’ve already taken like cutting the gas tax. There are supports for everybody across this province from the government,” he said.

The provincial government announced $2.8 billion in new relief measures which also include fuel tax relief and natural gas and electricity rebates. And with a new year approaching, Schow hopes these can help struggling Albertans.

“There are lots of issues, but if we really want to hammer down what people are really talking about, it’s pocketbooks to bottom lines and making ends meet.”

For more information on the provincial government affordability plan, visit https://www.alberta.ca/affordability-action-plan.aspx

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