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“All of a sudden you have that population that has all that extra cash, and now their addiction levels are going through the roof.
“And then what? The funny money runs out.”
This is garbage rhetoric. Thousands upon thousands of Albertans have kept their homes because of CERB.
They’ve been able to feed their families, buy their prescription meds, keep life relatively stable. CERB has literally helped to maintain the social fabric of Alberta and the whole country.
The notion of “all that extra cash” is laughable to people on CERB. Often, it’s the only money they have — and in many cases, much less than they earned before.
It wasn’t until later that Getson said he realizes the vast majority of people need the support, adding that legitimate concerns about the program should be raised.
If he’d said that originally, no problem. But he’s the one who launched with Cheezies and TV and drug addiction.
Finally, Getson himself is part of the great pandemic benefit club.
As an MLA he makes $121,000, as well as an Edmonton accommodation allowance, 50.5 cents for every kilometre driven and $200 each time he attends a meeting of two committees.
If CERB were to continue for an entire year, which of course it does not, the maximum benefit for any individual would be $26,000.
Getson cannot be fired, even by the premier. Only the voters can do that and the next election isn’t due until 2023.
He’s among the tiny group of people who have the safest employment in Alberta through this pandemic.
And, of course, every penny he makes as a politician comes from the public purse.
It’s Platinum CERB. So easy to sneer from up there.
Don Braid’s column appears regularly in the Calgary Herald.
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