Posted on Sep 15, 2020
PREMIER KENNEY HINTS AT DEEP CUTS TO AISH COMING, IMPLIES PEOPLE WILL BE KICKED FROM THE PROGRAM
EDMONTON - In an act of unimaginable cruelty and callousness, Jason Kenney heavily implied in a press conference Tuesday he’s planning to kick Albertans off the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped program, cutting them off from funding they rely on to live.
“It is monstrous and cruel for the Premier to tell the 70,000 people that during a pandemic, that not only is he looking at slashing their benefits, but that he is also looking at kicking people off the program,” said Marie Renaud NDP Community and Social . “Rather than standing up for the most vulnerable, the UCP is treating AISH recipients like numbers on a spreadsheet, without a concern for their lives and wellbeing. They should be ashamed of themselves for the fear and confusion they are creating.”
At a press conference in Calgary today, Jason Kenney refused to rule out cuts to the benefits received by AISH recipients and said the UCP was looking at “how do we define severely handicapped” hinting that he was looking at kicking people from the program.
“The Minister of Community and Social Services Rajan Sawhney promised that the UCP would not be cutting financial benefits,” continued Renaud. “She needs to explain to the 70,000 hurt and scared people on AISH why she either misled them or failed to stand up for them. This Government finds money to shower their friends and donors with, and they are passing off the bill to Albertans with severe disabilities.
“This is the UCP. This is why they have lost the support of Albertans.”