This past week your Alberta government wrapped up the fall legislative session in Edmonton with royal assent given to 15 bills that are making major advancements in creating jobs and diversifying the economy as we move ahead with Alberta’s Recovery Plan.
The fall session started on Oct. 25 by introducing the Labour Mobility Act to knock down employment barriers and attract more skilled professionals to Alberta.
This was followed by several large investments totaling $10 billion that will create more than 16,000 new jobs, including the largest ever investment in Alberta’s technology sector from Amazon Web Services.
Alberta also secured a deal on child care that will cut daycare fees for Alberta families in half, on average, starting this January.
The Minister of Finance then delivered a second-quarter fiscal update that shows one of the most dramatic improvements to provincial finances in Alberta history, with a stunning $12.4 billion decrease in the deficit.
The fall sitting also saw Albertans come together to beat back the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with case counts declining and pressure easing on hospitals.
The session ended with government MLAs passing a motion expressing solidarity with the 20 First Nations band councils and the communities situated along the Coastal GasLink Pipeline route that wish to benefit from the jobs and prosperity that project would create.
Alberta has recovered all of the jobs lost since the start of the pandemic. According to the November jobs report, the province gained 15,000 jobs in November alone. Overall, the unemployment rate is forecast to average 8.8% this year, down from 11.4% in 2020. It is forecast to drop to 5.7% in 2024.
Some of the bills to highlight include:
- The Red Tape Reduction Act enables to municipalities to create entertainment districts, and creates new opportunities for economic growth while saving Albertans, and Alberta businesses, time and money.
- The Labour Mobility Act knocks down employment barriers, making it easier for skilled professionals to come to Alberta.
- The Infrastructure Accountability Act brings transparency to the capital planning process for taxpayer-funded infrastructure.
- The Municipal Government (Restoring Tax Accountability) Amendment Act restores a special lien that municipalities can use to collect unpaid oil and gas taxes.
- The Alberta Housing Amendment Act provides more transparency on affordable housing, as promised.
- The Election Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2) bans foreign money from Alberta politics and establishes a set election date based on recommendation from the Chief Electoral Officer.
- The Mineral Resource Development Act modernizes Alberta’s regulation of critical and rare earth minerals.
- The Environmental Protection and Enhancement Amendment Act helps take the burden off municipalities and taxpayers for the cost of recycling.
- The Education Statutes (Students First) Amendment Act will increase student safety by providing more transparency and accountability in teacher discipline matters.
Alberta’s legislature also passed motions to recognize the results of the referendum on equalization as well as recommending two senate nominees elected in October be summoned to the Senate of Canada to fill Alberta’s two vacant seats.
Your Alberta Government will continue to remain laser-focused in the New Year on making sure every Albertan can take part and benefit from our economic recovery and growth. Alberta remains poised to lead Canada in economic growth and we head into the Christmas break with plenty of reason for optimism for our future.
Hon. Jason Nixon, Government House Leader
LETTER: Oil worker agrees vax mandates have affected ‘team morale’
“There is such a shift in team morale, it’s like I work with a totally different crew.”
Re: Worker says vax policy creating ‘mental health crisis’ in oil & gas industry
I’d like to thank you for doing an article on the mental health aspect of the vaccination mandate! I work in the oil sands on a site that is requiring us to be vaccinated to keep our jobs.
There is such a shift in team morale, it’s like I work with a totally different crew.
Thank you again for doing that article!!
LETTER: Thomas a great addition to the Western Standard
“Thank you and I look forward to future articles.”
Enjoyed your article on Gondek’s empty parking lot legacy (in my humble opinion, may go along with her empty brain legacy) and your background history on some of our former “good” mayors.
Thank you and I look forward to future articles.
If you do a follow-up article may I suggest you include Don McKay and Harry Hayes as two past mayors who also contributed to the “greatness of Calgary.” The history aspect of your article was most interesting and informative.
To all at Western Standard, keep up the exemplary work. I am happy that I am now a subscriber.
LETTER: Trudeau’s hypocrisy shines through
Justin Trudeau, you should be ashamed of yourself for calling the unvaccinated racist and misogynistic extremists. SHAME ON YOU!
Let me give you some good examples of racism and misogyny.
You, Justin Trudeau, painted your face in black mocking black people. That is racism.
You groped a female journalist and then later when challenged by the media, you said everyone experiences events differently. That is misogyny.
Also, you fired a powerful indigenous woman, Jody Wilson-Raybould, for refusing to meddle in the SNC Lavalin corruption file. That is extreme misogyny. Thus, you have no credibility when it comes to racism and misogyny.
We, Canadians, do not agree with your hateful divisive messaging towards the unvaccinated. As a matter of fact, I have friends and family who are vaccinated and unvaccinated, and we all know that you are the real threat to our nation. We will never ever turn against each other. We will love one another and support one another regardless of our vaccine status. We will always stand by “My Body, My Choice”. Your totalitarianism has no place in Canada!
Finally, let me assure you that we will rise up against your tyranny and we will always stay united, vaccinated and unvaccinated. You are a fake weak leader, Justin. You should apologize to Canadians, and then resign!
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