Alberta Minute: Teck Frontier, Arts Spending, and more Corporate Welfare
Alberta Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Alberta politics.
This Week In Alberta:
Happy Family Day! Due to the holiday, there will be no Committee meetings this week, and the Legislature isn't due back until next week. However, if you are in Edmonton, there are a number of family-friendly events happening at the Legislature. Enjoy the holiday!
- The Teck Frontier Project is under threat, with the federal government considering rejecting it outright. If you haven't already, please sign our petition to approve the project immediately. If you've already signed, thank you - now please share it with your friends and co-workers, asking them to sign too. Let's send a message to Ottawa: Approve Teck Now!
- With the Alberta budget due next week, we expect to start hearing rumours and trial-balloons of what we are likely to see in the UCP's first full budget since being elected last year. You can expect to see a whole bunch of adverts, press releases, and calls for more spending from various special interest groups this week too.
Last Week In Alberta:
- Protests broke out around the country over BC's Coastal Gas Link pipeline. The federal government seems happy to allow a very small minority of people who didn't get their way through the democratic process (and who don't actually know what it is they're protesting about) to force their will on the rest of the country.
AUMA, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, again complained about the provincial government's "cutbacks". We understand - it must be very frustrating to not be able to continually demand higher and higher taxes and more and more money all the time.
- Contract negotiations between the Alberta government and the Alberta Medical Association broke down. The province say they will take some time to consider options but are committed to their plan of maintaining spending on health care overall - re-investing any efficiencies and savings back into the health system.
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