Alberta Minute: 2021 Budget, Recall Legislation, and Citizens-Initiated Referenda

Alberta Minute: 2021 Budget, Recall Legislation, and Citizens-Initiated Referenda

Alberta Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Alberta politics.


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This Week In Alberta:

  • After a one-day sitting for the budget last week, the Legislature is adjourned for a constituency week, until March 8th. However, the Standing Committee on Private Bills and Private Members' Public Bills will be meeting at 9:00 am today to consider the Official Sport of Alberta Act. We're not sure why we need to designate an official sport for the Province, or why that's a priority right now, but here we are. Can you guess what sport is being suggested?

  • The provincial government may, or may not, announce reduced COVID restrictions at any time this week. Today marks three weeks since the Province moved to "Step 1", and the number of hospitalizations in the Province actually already meets the requirements for entering "Step 3", nevermind "Step 2", but the Province has mandated at least 3 weeks between Steps, meaning we're still at least 9 weeks away from whatever comes after "Step 4", even if everything goes perfectly.

  • Calgary-based WestJet will commence further layoffs this week as the airline industry continues to be battered by COVID-19 restrictions. Meanwhile, horror stories from government-run quarantine hotels continue to come in on a daily basis. The system seems plagued with shared buses to hotels, passengers having to interact with dozens of people to be processed and checked in, a lack of dietary-appropriate food (or no food or water at all!) and more, all because driving home to a private residence was apparently not considered "safe" enough.


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    published this page in News 2021-02-28 22:51:30 -0700