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NIXON: Moving Alberta’s recovery plan forward

“This past week your Alberta government wrapped up the fall legislative session in Edmonton with royal assent given to 15 bills”




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

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  1. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    December 12, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    The bottom line; we lost our ability to travel/lost our rights to attend restaurants/ lost our rights to go to church/lost our rights to visit family members and many others to many to list. Every one in my circle wants our rights back and see the end of the AHS and ATA.The shot fiasco smells and the treatment of many thousands who survived covid and the thousands that stayed home with covid and survived and are now treated like lepers . Stand your ground a reckoning is coming . Send these cockwombles to the eu line.

  2. Tiberius

    December 12, 2021 at 9:01 am

    “Alberta has recovered all of the jobs lost since the start of the pandemic.” Is this perhaps the most bullshit statement of all time? If this clown ever left his house (which obviously he does not – tyrants must not mingle with their peasants), he would see economic carnage everywhere – closed shops, empty streets, homelessness, etc. Carnage caused by HIS OWN TYRANNY.

  3. Jack of all Trades

    December 11, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    The only good thing Jason Nixon has done is axing the Bighorn Nature Reserve plans that Notley and lying Philips were about to push through which would have been devastating for us as affected residents and a death blow for Albarta’s economy, but other than that he can pack up his s..t and ride into the sunset.

  4. Dennis

    December 11, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    This interview with Dr. Negasse on WS pretty much sums up what this government thinks of Albertans.


  5. Illusion

    December 11, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    Completely agree with every comment. When a government produces a list highlighting its accomplishments and not one point on that list deals with the most pressing and problematic issue in society (vaccine segregation and tyrannical lockdowns), it’s pretty much an open admission that said government needs to be replaced. The UCP is a disgusting and disgraceful group of authoritarians that only pretends to be on the side of the people when it serves them. You promised us that there would not be vaccine passports in Alberta and not only did you lie to us, you are trying to pass legislation to protect evil companies that violate voluntary consent of a patient and fire their employees for not taking medical injections. I hope that UCP leadership and the rotten group of MLA’s that share the blood that is on their hands receive justice in this life.

  6. Dominic Ieraci

    December 11, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Piece of shit Kenney-supporting globalist scumbag, we will only be happy once the UCP is left in the dustbin of history. And a few of these MLAs heads on spikes on the lawn of the legislature.

  7. Leslie Solar

    December 11, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    they just dont get it. All you have to do is read even the headlines of the WS for a few weeks. None of the issues that are impacting typical Albertans addressed in this “letter”.

    I watched his session with Cory Morgan here. I dont recall a single question the Nixon actually answered. Just a lot of circular vague BS.

  8. Peter No

    December 11, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    You are not my government!
    You are bunch of corrupted Nazist thugs who is performing unheard acts of apartheid and discrimination right now. You conducting genocide of unvaxxed, taking jobs and income from their families. Rot in hell.

  9. Mises

    December 11, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Same dude who attempted to deploy drones to spy on AB families during camping season.

  10. Barbara

    December 11, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    What did Kenny promise you? This ‘letter’ actually looks like your’re sucking up to them. It’s propaganda ..and you know it.

    People Join the Wildrose….It is the only way out of this Corruption.

  11. Andrew Red Deer

    December 11, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    This comment and quote direct from the letter above puts the lie to all they have done so far since 2019

    “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.”


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