Alberta Minute: Kenney Goes, Kenney Stays, and the Battle Of Alberta
Alberta Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Alberta politics.
This Week In Alberta:
Happy Victoria Day! The Legislature will resume on Tuesday, May 24th, after the long weekend. Up for discussion will be Bill 19, the Condominium Property Amendment Act, 2022 and Bill 21, the Red Tape Reduction Statutes Amendment Act, 2022.
There are also three committee meetings this week, starting on Tuesday with the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, which will meet from 8:00 am to 10:00 am to consider the Ministry of Jobs, Economy, and Innovation’s 2020-2021 Annual Report. There will also be two meetings of the Select Special Committee on Real Property Rights, one on Thursday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and another on Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- Alberta's two NHL teams are facing off in the playoffs for the first time since 1991. The matches have been high-scoring so far, with Wednesday night's game being won 9-6 by the Flames and Edmonton coming back with a Friday night 5-3 win and a 4-1 win yesterday. Whoever you’re cheering for, we look forward to increased patronage in our local bars and restaurants across the province! Game 4 will take place on Tuesday at 7:30 pm with the Oilers at home in Edmonton again.
Last Week In Alberta:
After more than a year of open revolt amongst some members of Kenney’s caucus, multiple riding boards calling for a leadership race, and a state of general discontent in the party, the UCP announced the results of its long-awaited leadership review. Jason Kenney won a narrow 51.4% of the vote and, despite earlier indications he wouldn't, announced he was resigning as there was “clearly not adequate support to continue on as leader”. Kenney intends to remain as Premier during the leadership race, despite some MLAs calling for an interim leader, to ensure a smoother leadership race and reunite the party.
- Prior to his resignation, Premier Jason Kenney was in Washington, D.C. to promote Alberta energy to US lawmakers. Recently, gas prices at the pump have topped $4 USD / gallon in the US, breaking all-time records and providing strong arguments for considering the importation of more oil and petroleum products from Alberta
- The Province announced that Albertans will be able to renew their driver’s licences online instead of having to get in line at a registry. Residents with verified MyAlberta eServices accounts can complete their renewal online, but those with changes to demographic information, photos that are more than 10 years old, or who are getting their first license, will still need to access in-person services.
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