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LETTER: Targeting vulnerable Albertans for budget cuts inhumane

Editor: I found something that may alleviate the stress and dismay Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) recipients are experiencing right now.

Editor: 

I found something that may alleviate the stress and dismay Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) recipients are experiencing right now.

The significant reduction in corporate taxes is costing the government (that includes us) $200 million to $300 million a year with little to show for it. Let's re-instate the tax.

Surely that money would cover the heartless treatment of AISH recipients and other social services.

Kenney's ridiculous assertion that Alberta has the highest social service costs in the country gives him justification to make cuts and reviews, without any input from those affected, makes no sense.

Insinuating that people receiving AISH are fraudulently collecting that bundle of cash is insulting and demeaning.

Part of qualifying for that program is dependent upon a physician's evaluation.

Oh, now I get it, this grandstanding by Kenney and his various ministers is rooted in his distaste and disdain for physicians, and this is another way to vilify them. 

In my opinion, he has a pathological determination to strip Albertans of what most of us would consider basic needs like public education, public health care, social supports for people with disabilities, senior support. Providing enrichment programs, rather than marginalizing certain groups, would be much more humane.

But the UCP just gather their wagons, put on their blinders, and tally-ho, onto their next attack.

Marilyn Foxford,

Canmore



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