Alberta Minute: Climate Change, Cabinet Change, and a Big Byelection Announcement
Alberta Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Alberta politics.
This Week In Alberta:
The Legislature is on a constituency week this week so look for your local MLA at community events throughout your area. Committees will also take a break and return on November 16th.
It's Remembrance Day on Thursday this week, with Remembrance Day events being smaller than normal due to the ongoing COVID-19 saga. We will be taking a minute to remember all those who gave so much.
- The upcoming by-election in the provincial seat of Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche has become a high-profile race. Former Wildrose Leader, Brian Jean, announced his candidacy for the nomination, saying that the ousting of Premier Jason Kenney and the selection of a new UCP leader is the only chance the UCP has of defeating the NDP at the next election. What do you think?
Last Week In Alberta:
The federal government used the COP26 conference to effectively announce the end of Alberta’s oil industry. Prime Minister Trudeau said that his government will "cap oil and gas sector emissions today and ensure they decrease tomorrow". This is as close to a complete ban on oil and gas as you can get, without actually banning it, and the goalposts have already moved a dozen times before. If you haven't already, please sign our petition to stand up for Alberta Resources!
- Devin Dreeshen, the provincial Agriculture and Forestry Minister, resigned from cabinet after media reports of heavy drinking in his office during work hours. Dreeshen said that his personal conduct with alcohol had become an issue for the provincial government.
- Finally, the provincial government announced proposed changes to mineral rules and regulations. The bill, if passed, will assign the Alberta Energy Regulator to oversee the industry, instead of several government departments.
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