Alberta Minute: Master Plans, Election Rules, and more Government Overreach
Alberta Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Alberta politics.
This Week In Alberta:
- Today the Alberta government will unveil its master plan for rebooting the Alberta economy. Unfortunately, proven measures like tax relief and regulatory reform don't seem to be at the forefront of this plan. Instead, early indicators are that the government plans to revert back to the NDP's plan of over-taxing all businesses in order to hand out subsidies to a handful of the most politically-connected businesses - classic crony capitalism.
- Bill 30 (the Health Statutes Amendment Act), Bill 31 (Environmental Protection Statutes Amendment Act) and Tany Yao's private member's bill, Bill 204 (Voluntary Blood Donations Repeal Act) will be introduced this week.
- There are also ten previously-introduced bills at various stages of the legislative process, many of which will be debated this week.
Last Week In Alberta:
- In good news, the provincial government introduced several positive bills last week. The Constitutional Referendum Amendment Act will expand the types of issues on which referenda can be held in Alberta, while the Local Authorities Election Amendment Act aims to level the playing field between incumbents and challengers in municipal elections in Alberta.
- In bad news, Bill 24 is an omnibus Bill that makes a wide range of pandemic-related changes to Alberta's laws, including allowing the government to delay presenting its annual financial report and reintroducing some of the more anti-democratic elements of the now-expired emergency laws. We'll have more information for you on these issues in the coming days.
- Finally, the government announced that industries, including the oil patch, will have to resume environmental monitoring and reporting on July 15th.
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