Alberta Premier Promises $1-Billion for Providing Relief to Flood Victims

In an important announcement on Monday morning, Alberta Premier Alison Redford has promised a considerable sum of $1-billion to be distributed in lieu of initial support for flood relief. It was declared that the province will begin offering pre-loaded cash cards in shape of $1,250 per adult and $500 per child, which will be made available within days in order to help in covering the immediate cost of flood-affected households. Ms. Redford explained that the province will then help families and municipalities rebuild.

However, the announcement also implied that Alberta will not be able to balance its budget, as previously planned, and might also have to postpone several infrastructure plans. Reassuringly, Ms. Redford emphasized that the province will itself arrange cash support in case where the federal government won’t. She stated that “the world changed on Thursday,” highlighting the effect of floods, while asserting that “it wasn’t a sombre meeting because we were deciding to spend a billion dollars. It was a sombre meeting because we had to decide to spend a billion dollars.”

Governments have previously announced flood relief programs as well, but those attributed long waiting periods, whereas premier announced that funding will be available in “very short order” this time around. She alleged that “when I say that, I mean within 10 days to two weeks,” emphasizing that “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.”

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