Alberta Minute: Fair Deals, Carbon Taxes, and Winter Holidays
Alberta Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Alberta politics.
This Week In Alberta:
- The Legislature is not sitting this week, having adjourned for the remainder of the year. Officially MLA's holidays don't start until December 24th, but given both this week and next week are neither in-session periods or constituency breaks, it looks like their Christmas has come early. No doubt some of them will still have many local meetings or other duties to attend to, however.
- Our partners at Common Sense Calgary have released the 2019 Calgary Budget Tracker which provides a breakdown of how each Councillor and the Mayor voted on the key issues decided on during Calgary's budget debate. It tracks who voted for and against each and every proposed spending reduction, each spending increase, and each tax hike.
- Alberta's Fair Deal Panel is continuing its series of town hall meetings across the province with meetings in Red Deer today, in Calgary on Tuesday, and in Lethbridge on Wednesday. For more information, sign up for Project Confederation's newsletter.
Last Week In Alberta:
- The Legislature officially closed for the winter on Wednesday. With several bills receiving Royal Assent on Thursday, the Government says they have fulfilled 162 of their platform commitments in 219 days.
Alberta will have both a federal and provincial carbon tax soon. While the federal government will be granting Alberta's TIER program equivalency for the industrial carbon tax, the federal government will still be imposing a consumer carbon tax on gas which is set to take effect on January 1st, 2020.
- Alberta's Fair Deal Panel kicked off their province-wide tour in Edmonton on Tuesday with about 150 people in attendance. The panel will be holding meetings until January 30th, 2020 and its report back to the government is due by March 31, 2020.