Alberta Minute: Legislature Returns, Policy Debates, and a Sales Tax Floated
Alberta Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Alberta politics.
This Week In Alberta:
- The Alberta Legislature's long "summer" break finally ends this week, with MLAs headed back to Edmonton for both Committee and Legislature meetings.
- The Legislative Assembly will sit on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but the Order Paper is currently looking very sparse with no details about Bills to be introduced available yet.
- The Select Special Democratic Accountability Committee will meet on Monday, the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future will meet on Wednesday, and the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices will meet on Friday.
Last Week In Alberta:
- As we've been warning for a while, the Alberta Government is now officially considering introducing a sales tax. They are running a public survey on whether they should hike taxes or cut spending. Fill out the survey here and tell them that after years and years of constant tax increases, it's time for spending cuts.
We were very pleased to see that the provincial government will be repealing Bill 10 - the Public Health (Emergency Powers) Amendment Act, 2020 - which we have consistently opposed as a huge infringement on Albertan's civil liberties.
- Finally, the United Conservative Party's held their virtual AGM where members voted to endorse policies including paying down debt, voluntary unionism, adopting an Alberta Pension Plan, an Alberta Police Force, and more private healthcare options. Remember, of course, that these are party policies (things that party members think the government should do), not government policies that will necessarily be implemented.
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