Alberta Minute: Committees Return, Consultations Continue, and a Free Alberta Strategy
Alberta Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Alberta politics.
This Week In Alberta:
The Alberta Legislature’s break continues until October 25th, however, there is a Standing Committee on Legislative Offices meeting on Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The agenda has not yet been released.
There are also many public consultations starting and/or continuing this week - 22 in all. So, go and have your say on everything from wild turkeys to aviation, and Crown land to draft curriculums.
- Meanwhile, unions and the provincial opposition continue to call for a full-on lockdown in Alberta, despite active COVID cases plateauing. You didn’t know cases were plateauing? Yeah, it would be hard to, given the recent media coverage. The simple fact is the number of active cases in Alberta appears to have peaked on September 25 - notable before the latest set of restrictions were even introduced!
Last Week In Alberta:
We were very pleased to launch a new project, the Free Alberta Strategy, that will promote a series of policies that the Alberta government could implement to take back more control and responsibility from Ottawa. Rick Bell called it a way more muscular strategy than the provincial government's, while Don Braid said many Albertans will like this plan. Tell us what you think - do you agree?
- The COVID situation in Alberta dominated the headlines again, with the provincial government announcing that all members of the provincial civil service will have to receive two doses of a vaccine by November 30th, or provide ongoing negative tests, in order to continue working.
- More people are continuing to leave Alberta than arrive from other provinces, the latest numbers from Statistics Canada show. Approximately 5,400 more people moved away from Alberta than to Alberta in the last quarter.
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