Alberta Minute: Multiculturalism Council, Economic Corridors, and a Red Deer Event
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This Week In Alberta:
The Legislature remains adjourned until after the May election. There are no committee meetings either.
Premier Danielle Smith will be creating the Premier’s Council on Multiculturalism, a 30-person Council aimed at promoting cultural diversity, social inclusion, and educational exchanges. The Council will supplement the work of the Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council. At a news conference announcing the Council, Smith reiterated that she is committed to a province “where everyone feels they belong, where a person’s culture, language and religion are not only respected but also valued”.
- The Alberta Institute is joining Alberta Proud on a “Can’t Stop Alberta” tour. The third leg will be taking place this week in Red Deer on Thursday. Two expert panels will discuss the economy, affordability, inflation, jobs, and our energy industry, as well as the media, censorship, and the future of journalism. The following Monday, there will also be an event in Lethbridge. Tickets are $10 for each event and can be purchased online at the links above.
Last Week In Alberta:
- The federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, David Lametti, committed to “look at” the idea of rescinding the Natural Resource Transfer Agreements, which give the western provinces control over their natural resources. Premier Danielle Smith, along with the Premiers of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, quickly responded and called upon the Prime Minister to retract the comments. Shortly thereafter (and after an outcry from our friends at Project Confederation), Justin Trudeau announced that he would be respecting the Constitution after all. It must have been just a slip of the tongue, right?
Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba signed a Memorandum of Understanding in a collaborative effort to bolster economic corridors. Alberta’s Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors, Devin Dreeshen, announced that the three provincial governments will work together to address regulatory hurdles, attract private sector investment, and work with Indigenous communities on major infrastructure projects.
- Elections Alberta tweeted out erroneous information regarding requirements to vote in the upcoming provincial election. Their tweet said that advanced registration was necessary in order to vote but issued a correction after significant backlash, clarifying that registration can be done in advance, but also on election day at the polling station. Incidentally, our President, Peter McCaffrey, was among the first to point out the error more than two weeks ago.
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