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Alberta launches new task force to deliver more help to Ukrainians

Calgary, November 11: After already committing $23 million to help Ukrainians both overseas and in Canada, Alberta launched a new task force Thursday to explore what more can be done.

Danielle Smith’s Premier’s Advisory Task Force on Ukraine includes former premier Ed Stelmach and will host roundtables across the province.

Smith apologized on Oct. 18 for “ill-advised comments on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine” prior to being elected leader of the United Conservative Party on Oct. 6.

At the time, NDP MLA Sarah Hoffman called her statements “tone deaf” and “cruel” and demanded she apologize, which the premier initially refused to do.

Alberta has already committed $16 million for humanitarian aid, $5 million for defence equipment for Ukrainian soldiers, and more than $2 million for settlement and language programs for newcomers.

“The ideas and information gathered by this group will help identify gaps in existing supports and ensure Ukrainian evacuees face a smooth and welcoming resettlement process,” said Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk.

She’s been appointed parliamentary secretary for Ukrainian Refugee Settlement.

The rest of the task-force members are:

  • Ed Stelmach, former premier
  • Sally Mansour, non-profit executive and emergency management specialist
  • Kevin Royle, firefighter and Firefighter Aid Ukraine project director
  • Carol Slukynski, founder of Helping Ukrainians in Fort Saskatchewan
  • Vitaliy Milentyev, chairman of the supervisory board at the National Depository Ukraine
  • Jenn Schmidt-Rempel, Lethbridge city coun.

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