This won’t satisfy those who need help now, were expecting it yesterday, and were left where the day began; staring nervously at the calendar and balance sheet. But government knows that. It’s why we should expect daily policy adjustments and announcements as every order of government comes to grip with the ground-level impact this is having on everyone.
What they will not know, unless we tell them, is exactly what this means for you, your organization, and your employees. Every industry, business, and person is being impacted but in ways that can be very unique to a specific sector.
For example, government tore up AGLC regulations to allow restaurants and bars to off-sell existing liquor inventory. It was a small move in the grand scheme of things, but certainly not to business owners desperately seeking revenue streams. That only happened because government understood how important it was to those businesses to act quickly.
Do not assume that government has even had a chance to consider the unique circumstances that you find yourself in. It’s why they want to hear from every sector and will entertain every good idea.
If there are deadlines you’re facing that can be delayed without jeopardizing health or safety, now is the time to raise the issue. If there are policy interpretations that can be amended or regulations changed, there’s no better time to talk about them. This is the time to be creative and find solutions that government can easily enact.
Broad stimulus measures will come. In fact, I am told the Alberta Legislature is not sitting this afternoon is because legislation is being prepared for tomorrow. It’s a safe bet to expect something substantial from both the province and federal government.
But we know many of you need help now and we want to work with you to try to get it.
Stay safe and healthy,
– Matt Solberg