Alberta Minute: Fair Deals, Balanced Workplaces, and a Pandemic Response Review
Alberta Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Alberta politics.
This Week In Alberta:
- The busy "spring" session of the Legislature continues with debate on Bill 30 (Health Statutes Amendment Act) and Bill 32 (Restoring Balance in Alberta's Workplaces Act) currently at Second Reading.
- In addition, Bill 29 (Local Authorities Election Amendment Act), Bill 31 (Environmental Protection Statutes Amendment Act), and Bill 33 (Alberta Investment Attraction Act) are before Committee of the Whole.
- Finally, Bill 21 (Provincial Administrative Penalties Act), Bill 23 (Commercial Tenancies Protection Act), and Bill 34 (Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act) are all at Third Reading and should pass this week.
Last Week In Alberta:
- We were very pleased to join with a collection of citizen groups and high-profile individuals to call for urgent action on Canada's constitution, in order to get a fairer deal for Alberta. The open letter was published in a large number of newspapers in Alberta and Saskatchewan, but you can also read a copy of it here on our website.
- The Alberta government is putting a call out for proposals to review its pandemic response in an effort to help the province better respond to a potential second wave and future pandemics. Hopefully, this review will also look into the financial aspects of the government's response.
- Bill 32, the Restoring Balance in Alberta's Workplaces Act, has the potential to be one of the government's most significant policy reforms. One aspect of the Bill allows union members to decide, for themselves, whether or not their union dues can be used by their union for political activities. However, the Bill covers a wide range of different employment and labour issues. If you're interested in more detail, this article provides a good summary of all the changes being proposed.
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