2021 – Focus on lives and livlihoods
I think we can all agree that we look forward to what 2021 has in store for Alberta. 2020 is behind us and I am optimistic that this new year will be better. Albertans have continued to do what we do best – show resilience and support one another through challenging times.
At this time last year COVID-19 was a virus we may have heard about in other parts of the world, but it wasn’t long before it was affecting all of us. The Alberta government has and continues to focus on lives and livelihoods. Supports for Albertans have included $500 million in additional health care funding to support our front-line health professionals, $30 million to support seniors and other vulnerable populations, $120 million of additional funding for educators and $52 million to support mental health.
We still have a way to go to beating this virus, but a vaccination is on the horizon and we once again can see a brighter future.
The Alberta Government, through the Alberta Recovery Plan, will help shape this future. Alberta’s economy will get back on track through historical infrastructure funding. There is continued commitment to the University of Calgary’s MacKimmie Library and the Calgary Cancer Centre. Commitments to getting Albertans back to work with retraining programs and making Alberta an attractive place to do business. Finally, commitments on economic diversification in the fields of technology and biomed playing to the strengths of our riding, home to the University of Calgary.
We may have a bit longer before life is truly back to normal, but I know Albertans can make it through. Albertans have shown they can make sacrifices and work together to make it through the pandemic – if we continue to do so, I know we can make it to the finish line stronger than ever.
As always, if you need to get in touch with me on any provincial issue or have questions, please feel free to reach out to my office at Calgary.Varsity@assembly.ab.ca.