Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has announced a host of measures to fight inflation — including forgoing the provincial fuel tax for at least six months.
On Tuesday night, Smith promised cheques for families totalling $600 for seniors and children under 18 every six months for families who earn below $180,000.
She also said her proposed Alberta Sovereignty Act would be ready next week and act as a constitutional shield to protect Albertans. Smith first pitched the act during the United Conservative Party leadership race and has since renamed it the Alberta Sovereignty Within a United Canada Act.
The government will retroactively index all provincial tax brackets to 2022. As well, beginning in January, the government will index for inflation income support, the Seniors benefit, the Alberta Child and Family benefit, the Persons with Developmental Disabilities benefit, and Assured Income for the Several Handicapped.
Smith said the province would provide an increased rebate on consumer electricity bills through the winter months and limit spikes in winter electricity rates while continuing with the current natural gas rebate program.
The premier said the announcement is just the first step, and there is much more to do.
“I will ensure every decision our government makes from now until this crisis is over balances affordability for Albertans with the need for continued balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility.”