June 27th, 2013
Alberta Canada Premier’s Can-Do Flood Recovery Commitment
Alberta has been hit with heavy rains and massive flooding. Homes in Calgary may have to be condemned. Bridges have been washed away. The Trans-Canada Highway has just been cleared and re-opened. It’s a genuine disaster — much like hurricane Sandy that surprisingly hit New York and New Jersey and hurricane Katrina that devastated the poorer sections of New Orleans. Governmental responses couldn’t be more dissimilar.
A Calgary Sun headline says it all: Premier vows to help Albertans out of this flood mess no matter the cost (my emphasis).
Here are a few excerpts from the story about the provincial government’s commitment to rebuilding:
• Premier Redford and her cabinet committed “preliminarily” to spending $1 billion to rebuild infrastructure and, in some cases, probably improve it, considering it a “down payment.” $1b for a population of only 3.6 million.
• People displaced from their homes receive a $1,250 cash card for each adult and $500 for each child. Not loans. Simply cash to live.
• The province will not place the burden of cost on local governments. The feds can reimburse up to 90%.
• Said the Premier: “our commitment is to fund recovery right across the province in every municipality and in every home that’s been affected.”
• The flood will affect budgeting and the Premier said: “Are we sticking with the plan to balance the budget? No, we’re not.”
• “We are going to do, please listen to my words, whatever it takes to get everyone back to a place where they can continue to live their lives.”
The June 24 Rick Bell Calgary Sun article
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