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Alberta Budget 2020 – Analysis

Better days ahead?

Jason Kenney’s second Alberta budget stays the course.

Finance Minister Travis Toews knew that 2020 would throw challenges at the Alberta economy but he could not have foreseen the year’s tumultuous beginning. The decision by mining company Teck to withdraw their application for the Frontier oil sands mine was a bombshell. Likewise the Indigenous blockades that arose in opposition to the Coastal GasLink liquified natural gas (LNG) pipeline were unexpected, as was the federal government’s muted response to the blockades. He certainly wouldn’t have predicted the outbreak of a dangerous new strain of the coronavirus, COVID-19. All will hurt the Alberta economy, all will leave Alberta workers worse off, and all were (mostly) out of his control, a feeling that finance ministers everywhere know only too well.

“Budget 2020 is more than just persistence and restraint. It’s a call to look beyond an angry public sector and rail blockades to an improving economy.”

Hon. Monte Solberg, Principal, New West Public Affairs

Budget 2020 contains many measures designed to offset the bad news, many of them bundled into the already announced Blueprint for Jobs. Some build on previous initiatives. Others are new. In the pages ahead we will identify the most important of those measures and speak to their significance. Given the year’s shaky start, it might be a surprise to discover that Budget 2020 is also hopeful.

Since the great oil crash of 2014/2015 Albertans have become accustomed to layoffs, bankruptcies, low oil and natural gas prices, delayed pipelines, blocked pipelines, tanker bans and an attitude that sometimes borders on hostility from the federal government caucus. It was recently revealed that one Liberal M.P. from Ontario has spent money to buy Facebook ads encouraging Canadians to sign his anti-oil sands petition. It is highly likely that protestors will attempt to block the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Albertans would be forgiven then if they conclude that 2020 will be more of the same and that the oil and gas industry in Alberta is in a long, slow decline.

That’s why the optimism that brightens the normally dull prose of the Budget documents may appear out of place, but perhaps there’s good reason to look past the recent bad news. It is human nature to scan for trouble and when we scan for it these days, it’s easy to find. But there is good news ahead too, news that will almost certainly improve the lives of Albertans.

As Budget 2020 notes, for the first time in years, this year will see significant progress on long delayed pipelines. Construction is already underway on Trans Mountain pipeline near Edmonton and construction will commence elsewhere once the Canadian Energy Regulator identifies the final routing in British Columbia. TC Energy has announced that they have purchased almost 100% of the right of way for Keystone XL and will begin construction in August. Likewise, Enbridge has cleared almost all legal hurdles to move oil through the US via the long-delayed Line 3. Once the oil starts to flow the impact will be felt quickly as oil volumes increase and the price differential with West Texas Intermediate crude, shrinks. Small and medium sized conventional producers are likely to benefit the most.

Some of the government’s projections are surprising. Minister Toews told the legislature that Alberta’s revenue will grow by an eye popping 7.8% over the next two years, with most of the growth coming from income taxes, bitumen royalties and federal transfers. But that makes some sense if the Alberta economy grows anywhere near as quickly as the Alberta  Government forecast of 2.5% in the 2020 calendar year, a significantly higher forecast than the private sector average of 1.9%. He also told the House that the deficit will be $1.2 billion dollars lower than projected just 4 months ago in Budget 2019. Spending in the 2020-21 fiscal year will shrink by 2.9%. The Minister also cautioned that the spread of the coronavirus and it’s impact on the world economy created uncertainty that he would not attempt to quantify.

The Budget of course speaks of the spending reductions set in motion in last fall’s budget, but it doesn’t dwell on them. To the contrary, this is a Budget that emphasizes something approaching optimism. It notes the recommendations in the Mackinnon Report and it’s recommendations including finding new ways to deliver services and it speaks of the progress the government has made. It also attempts to make sexy the decidedly non-sexy world of red- tape reduction, the laborious but important task of trimming unnecessary regulations and administrative burden. The Minister also spoke of the importance of freeing up interprovincial trade. The Job Creation Tax Cut, the initiative to cut corporate taxes by 30%, receives a prominent mention in the Budget documents.

In many respects Budget 2020 seems to be out of step with the times. It is more optimistic than we might expect, some of which is reflected in the tone of the speech and some in the Government’s growth projections. It emphasizes opportunities even as Indigenous protestors blockade Canada’s rail lines and angry Alberta public servants harangue ministers. Where does this hopeful attitude come from? We get the feeling that the Alberta Government knows some things that they aren’t quite ready to reveal.

Energy and Economy

Budget 2020 does not back away an iota from touting the potential for oil, gas and bitumen development, transportation, processing and export to make life better for Albertans, but always wrapped in the cloak of responsible and sustainable development. On one hand the Budget documents note that the world-wide demand for oil is to increase by 9% by 2040 and natural gas demand by 36%. Then the government notes that Canada is 3rd in the world for meeting environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards, a reminder to critics everywhere that the Alberta oil and gas industry is responsible.

Indigenous participation in major energy projects is also mentioned in Fiscal Plan 2020, usually in association with the Indigenous Opportunities Corporation. Without question, the support of Alberta Indigenous communities and the opportunity to take an ownership stake in new projects will be critical to winning the support of the government in Edmonton, and quite likely in Ottawa too.

The Fiscal Plan obviously speaks to the importance of the oil sands and to conventional oil production. Several new projects are mentioned. It also acknowledges the significant expansion of Alberta’s wind and solar industries, naming several projects approved by the UCP government all of which can operate without subsidies.

Highlights

• Alberta’s budget deficit forecast for 2020-21 is $6.8 billion

• Operating spending will be reduced by $813 million and 1,436 full-time public sector positions will be eliminated.

• The Government of Alberta is projecting real GDP growth of 2.5% in 2020.

It also devotes significant space to the Petrochemicals Diversification Program, and even notes some of the new investment in this sector, and the potential for growth.

However, if there is an energy star in Budget 2020 it is natural gas.

World demand for liquified natural gas (LNG) is growing quickly, mostly because natural gas can supplant coal while cutting emissions in half. Luckily, Albertans sit atop some of the biggest natural gas reserves in the world. Some of it can be used to create petrochemicals, but the biggest opportunities are to liquify our natural gas and get it to major markets like China.

But none of this is new. Other budgets have made similar points. The challenge however is figuring out how to get Alberta LNG to market. The demand for it is in Asia. Does the Government of Alberta have a plan to get it there? Page 28 of the Fiscal Plan mentions intriguingly:

We will seize opportunities by:

  • Advancing investment in LNG infrastructure and natural gas transmission infrastructure in western and eastern Canada, expanding markets for Alberta’s natural gas resources.

Premier Kenney spoke recently about being open to having the Alberta Government invest directly in the energy sector. Is this what he was referring to?

We’ll have to wait to find out, however we know that the Alberta Government is nothing if not bold. To quote Premier Kenney in referring to his Blueprint for Jobs: he will “do whatever it takes” to create new jobs.

“It will be interesting to see how the risk the government’s forecasting on oil prices and GDP growth plays out. 2.5% GDP growth would be great for Alberta, but if these forecasts aren’t met, it will mean even deeper spending reductions which also tend to slow economic growth themselves.”

Keith McLaughlin, Senior Consultant, New West Public Affairs

Alberta’s budget deficit forecast for 2020-21 is $6.8 billion, a touch higher than the NDP’s last budget deficit of $6.7 billion recorded in 2018-19, but a $800 million improvement from the   UCP’s first budget deficit of $7.5 billion in 2019-20. These temporarily high deficits are due to the government’s “Job Creation Tax Cut” which is reducing Alberta’s corporate tax rate one point per year between 2019 and 2022 from 12% to 8% and to pay for the cancellation of the government’s crude by rail contracts signed by the NDP just weeks before the last provincial election. The government is forecasting strong revenue and economic growth combined with further spending restraint to reduce the deficit to $2.7 billion in 2021-22 before posting a budget surplus of $700 million in 2022-23.

The government’s revenue, economic growth, and oil price forecasts are drawing the ire of commentators, the opposition and critics as overly optimistic. The government is projecting real GDP growth of 2.5% in 2020 to meet their revenue projections but this is outside the band of all private sector forecasts for the province. The private sector forecasts that the government uses to model their projections have the province’s economy growing between 1.6% and 2.4% in 2020. Oil markets are notoriously volatile and can certainly rebound over 2020 but here too, the government’s projections are being met with some skepticism. The government is projecting WTI to trade at $58 in 2020, however is trading 19% lower today at $47. Western Canada Select   is projected at $51 but is trading at $33 today, a 35% difference.

The government’s spending restraint continues as operating spending will be reduced by $813 million and 1,436 full time positions will be eliminated across the public sector. The government says these reductions and positions will mostly be achieved through attrition. Post-secondary institutions experience the most pain with almost 400 positions eliminated, followed by the department of Agriculture and Forestry that will see 277 fewer positions.

Highlights

• The Government of Alberta is spending $75 million over the next three years to develop an Investment and Growth Strategy to reverse the trend of capital flight.

• Budget 2020 projects Alberta will be back in surplus by 2022-23.

In budget 2020, the government announced they are developing an Investment and Growth Strategy designed to reverse the trend of decreasing capital investment into Alberta. While the government was short on details on what exactly this strategy will entail, it will be investing $75 million over the next three years to launch the initiative.

The Investment and Growth Strategy is expected to be supported by a new agency that will be carved out from existing functions currently supported through the ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.

The agency will seek to re-align Alberta’s investment attraction strategies within an evolving global economy and highlight Alberta’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards that are factors in today’s investment climate where sustainability and environmental responsibility are key influences on conscientious investors.

Attracting new investment into the province is necessary for the government to make its ambitious revenue forecasts. In budget 2020, the government has signalled it is taking more strategic steps to reverse the trend of capital flight in a measured and proactive way.

“The Investment and Growth Strategy is a high-risk, high-reward endeavour. Promoting Alberta should be easy but countering global forces will not be. If the strategy succeeds, it will reverse a long-term trend of investment decline into Alberta.”

Sonia Kont, Senior Consultant, New West Public Affairs

Infrastructure and Capital Plan

Any government’s Capital Plan is an economic blueprint. It must fit and guide the future growth of the economy. It is also a major government expenditure, second only to health care and education.

The United Conservative government’s Capital Plan is inspired by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Alberta’s Finances, led by Dr. Janice Mackinnon. It reviewed Alberta’s spending and concluded that Alberta’s net public capital stock must fall in line with other province’s over time.

The Panel found that gradually reducing the province’s net capital stock to the national average over the next ten years is a reasonable approach. This would imply a reduction of $15.6 billion, or 24%, on a ten-year Capital Plan. Budget 2020 sets these reductions in motion.

The 2020 Capital Plan document states, “The province’s net capital assets, per capita, are still higher than every other province. This means any new additions to Alberta’s capital stock, through projects outlined in the Capital Plan, will need to be measured.”

Highlights

• The 2020 Capital Plan budgets $19.3 billion over 3 years, including $2.3 billion for key road and bridge projects and $2.7 billion on maintenance and renewal.

• New projects will receive $772 million over 3 years and will create 3000 jobs.

• Municipal infrastructure will receive $5.6 billion in funding, including previously committed rapid transit funding.

Political rhetoric aside, the United Conservative governments Capital Plan reflects a spending increase over the Notley Government, who in their final budget, forecast an average capital plan spend of $5.98 billion by the end of 2022-23. The 2020 Budget from the Kenney Government forecasts an average of $6.4 billion.

Additionally, over the course of the three- year fiscal plan, an estimated $772 million in new projects will be added, bringing the total capital plan to $9.3 billion. The government estimates that this will create approximately 3000 jobs by 2022.

Two rapid transit projects, the Calgary Green Line LRT expansion and Edmonton’s LRT projects, should finally receive their government funding.

Budget 2020 dedicates $343.1 million for Calgary’s and Edmonton’s LRT projects in 2020-21, due to lapsed federal funding that has been shifted to the 2020 fiscal year. Total funding, including the federal government’s, Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, provides $3.65 billion to Alberta. $3 billion is allocated to LRT projects in Edmonton and Calgary, including the Green Line expansion.

Highlights

• The 2020 Capital Plan budgets $19.3 billion over 3 years, including $2.3 billion for key road and bridge projects and $2.7 billion on maintenance and renewal.

• New projects will receive $772 million over 3 years and will create 3000 jobs.

• Municipal infrastructure will receive $5.6 billion in funding, including previously committed rapid transit funding.

Political rhetoric aside, the United Conservative governments Capital Plan reflects a spending increase over the Notley Government, who in their final budget, forecast an average capital plan spend of $5.98 billion by the end of 2022-23. The 2020 Budget from the Kenney Government forecasts an average of $6.4 billion.

Additionally, over the course of the three- year fiscal plan, an estimated $772 million in new projects will be added, bringing the total capital plan to $9.3 billion. The government estimates that this will create approximately 3000 jobs by 2022.

Two rapid transit projects, the Calgary Green Line LRT expansion and Edmonton’s LRT projects, should finally receive their government funding.

Budget 2020 dedicates $343.1 million for Calgary’s and Edmonton’s LRT projects in 2020-21, due to lapsed federal funding that has been shifted to the 2020 fiscal year. Total funding, including the federal government’s, Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, provides $3.65 billion to Alberta. $3 billion is allocated to LRT projects in Edmonton and Calgary, including the Green Line expansion.

“Despite a steadfast determination to control government spending, the Kenney Government has demonstrated they are not afraid to make significant investments into its capital plan.

Stakeholders should take notice that with the right advocacy and organization, this government is open to supporting a range of different projects so long as they align with their goals of growing the economy and creating sustainable jobs.”

Michael Solberg, Director, New West Public Affairs

The 2020-2023 Capital Plan includes:

  • $5.6 billion for direct municipal support
  • $2.7 billion for capital maintenance and renewal of public infrastructure
  • $2.5 billion for health facilities
  • $2.3 billion for roads and bridges
  • $1.5 billion for schools
  • $353 million for family social supports and housing
  • $288 million for post-secondary infrastructure

Municipalities

Total funding to municipalities, which includes both provincial and federal funding, is forecast to average $2.2 billion a year from 2020-21 through to 2022-23. Between 2019-20 and 2022-23, provincial capital and operating grants per capita will average around $299 per capita. Including federal flow through, these numbers will total $493 per capita in 2020-2021 but will drop to $476 per capita by 2022-23.

The future of the Municipal Sustainability Initiative, a subject of consternation, is uncertain. The Local Government Fiscal Framework Act, passed in the Alberta Legislature last fall (yet to be proclaimed), commits to a new funding and fiscal framework for local governments beginning in 2022-23. As such the final year of MSI on the books is for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

According to Budget 2019, funding for Edmonton and Calgary will be rebased to $455 million, from $500 million and funding for other municipalities will be set at $405 million in 2022-23. However, Budget 2020 no longer lists it as a line item. Until the Act is proclaimed, uncertainty will linger.

Highlights

  • The Municipal Sustainability Initiative begins to expire in 2022 and will be replaced by the Local Government Fiscal Framework Act (on proclamation).
  • Municipal tax revenue total $7.4 billion in 2018. The government is encouraging municipalities to lower their spend to ease the tax burden on Albertans.
  • The Ministry’s operating expense budget is $241 million, a 9% reduction from 2018-19.

In the meantime, significant increases to the program are seen in 2021 estimates to a total of $993 million (both operating and capital) and will decrease to $897 million in 2022 and cease to exist by the final year of the government’s mandate pending its replacement as per the yet to be proclaimed Local Government Fiscal Framework Act.

Culture, Communities, and Justice

The Kenney Government’s plan to balance the books will impact everyone, including the Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and the Status of Women. Led by Minister Aheer, it will see it’s budget pared $271 million to $246 million. This is largely due to changes in support for the Alberta film and  television industry. Their grants became tax credits and were shifted over to the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.

Assistance to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts will decrease modestly from $28.3 million to $26.9 million next year. The highly publicized decision to provide capital funding to the Glenbow Museum (or Glenbow Alberta Institute) involved Minister Aheer but came out of the Capital Plan. The Glenbow will receive $25 million in 2021-2022 and $15 million in 2022-23 torenovate their aging building.

Funding for the Department of Children’s Services, led by Minister Rebecca Schulz, has been sheltered from cuts. The full-time equivalent (FTE) employees for her department will remain at 2769 employees over this fiscal year and next. Children’s Services operating expense is $1.6 billion in 2020-21 and will increase to $1.7 billion by 2022-23, 4.6% higher over three years.

Budget 2020 meets the commitment made by Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, to hire an additional 50 Crown Prosecutors. Even more significant is the commitment to hire 500 new RCMP officers for rural communities, under the new police funding model.

Highlights

  • Glenbow is receiving $40 million for the revitalization of its building.
  • Children’s Services budget is $1.6 billion, a 15% increase.
  • Community and Social Services budget is $3.9 billion a year, a 7.4% increase.
  • Seniors and Housing is maintained at $637 million a year.

It will cost $286 million dollars and will mostly be paid for by the rural municipalities. Under the new model, municipalities will pay 10% of costs in 2020, 15% in 2021, 20% in 2022, maxing out at 30% of costs in 2023.

The Department of Community and Social Services was not so lucky. They will see a reduction in 134 FTE’s by the end of next fiscal year. However, funding for the department is being maintained at $3.9 billion per year until 2022-23. Costs are up because caseloads are up. They increased by 17% over the last 4 years. The ministry is undertaking a full review of its programs.

Health and Education

Budget 2020 sticks to the commitment made by the UCP government to maintain or increase health care spending at or above 2018-2019 spending levels. The Government of Alberta forecasts to spend between $20.6 billion and $20.8 on health care for each of the next three years. The province is quick to point out that this represents a record level of health care spending in Alberta and among the highest per capita in the country.

Efforts to find internal savings continue, with the province holding the line of physician spending at $5.4 billion. The decision to impose a funding framework means estimated savings for the province of $2 billion by 2022-23 but comes at the cost of an angry Alberta Medical Association representing 14,000 physician members.

The Alberta Surgical Initiative will receive $500 million to help drive down wait times for key health care procedures. The province hopes to achieve a 30% reduction in wait times by increasing the involvement of the private sector and contracting out procedures to qualified providers.

The government is also claiming ‘promise-made, promise-kept’ on key commitments to implementing its mental health and addictions strategy ($100 million), opioid response strategy, and improving palliative care options ($20 million).

Highlights

  • Funding maintained for the next 3 years.
  • Imposed physician funding formula saves billions, irks doctors.
  • Expansion of private sector in surgical and continuing care.
  • $160 million invested in mental health, addictions, and palliative care.
  • Further cost-saving measures remain available.

The province has also followed through on plans to reform the Alberta Seniors Benefit by removing non-senior spouses and dependents from the program while introducing a co-pay for higher income seniors. These changes are estimated to save the province $52 million this year.

$2.5 billion has been set aside in capital funds for health facilities. Among the big ticket items are hospitals in Calgary (Cancer Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre Redevelopment), Edmonton, and Grande Prairie. A commitment to rural health care is expressed through a $35 million over three years Rural Health Facilities Revitalization Program.

The Alberta Supportive Living Initiative (ASLI) is making a comeback. Under the former PC government, ASLI was the primary grant program used to fund the construction of new continuing care beds. The programs reliance on private sector involvement made it a target of the NDP when they formed government in 2015. It’s revival under the UCP in Budget 2020 is backstopped by $164 million in capital funds over the next three years.

There are some obvious efforts made in Budget 2020 to demonstrate the Government of Alberta’s commitment to investing in health care (new hospitals, mental health and addictions programming) while implementing reform (Alberta Surgical Initiative) and restraint (imposition of funding framework on AMA). In order to continue to find the internal savings need to meet the outer year targets of Budget 2020, the Government of Alberta may need to use some of the other policy levers recommended in the Ernst & Young review of Alberta Health Services. Among them, the privatization of publicly run Capital Care or closure of under-utilized facilities. While Health Minister Tyler Shandro has already ruled out closing rural hospitals, there seems to be no hesitation in getting the private sector involved in solving some of the challenges facing the continuing care system. Whether or not that will include divesting of public assets remains to be seen.

“Budget 2020 is ambitious in its goal of increasing health care output while maintaining spending over the next three years.

Policy success will be contingent on increased involvement from the private sector driving down costs for surgeries and continuing care.”

Matt Solberg, Director, New West Public Affairs

Education funding is up in Budget 2020 with total operating expenses pegged at $8.3 billion, an increase of $100 million from last year. Maintaining or increasing education spending was a core campaign commitment of the UCP during last spring’s election, and it delivers on that promise here. However, enrollment growth and requiring school boards to dip into reserves has left the Government of Alberta exposed to criticism for not spending even more.

The budget accounts for a new funding model that averages student numbers over three years. This has led to a small increase in funding for accredited private schools, up $3 million from last year to $177 million in Budget 2020.

School maintenance and enhancement has been funded to the tune of $841 million while $1.5 billion in capital funds will be allocated toward new school builds over the next three years.

Highlights

  • Education spending up $100 million.
  • Reserves down as school boards dip in to ‘own-source’ funds.
  • New funding formula provides a boost for independent schools.
  • Implementation of performance based funding for post-secondary institutions.
  • Post-secondary funding cut 6% as tuition rises.

For post-secondary education, the government continued with expected 6% funding cuts, began implementing performance-based funding for institutions, and increased tuition.

Budget Reaction

“Alberta’s Budget 2020 has the same oil price assumptions as Budget 2019. This is very optimistic relative to where the market is. Always hard to predict, but this may undermine the credibility of the budget numbers — at least in the short run. #ableg

Trevor Tombe, Economist, University of Calgary

“Jason Kenney and the UCP’s budget is based on fictional growth and oil price projections that are wildly out of step with private sector forecasts.”

Rachel Notley, Leader of the Official Opposition

“Budget 2020 recognizes that Alberta’s job creators are the economic engine of our province. Budget 2020 keeps us on the path towards balanced budgets while putting the focus squarely on what Alberta needs most – jobs.”

Janet Riopel, President & CEO, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce

“The Alberta business community requires certainty to thrive. This budget provides stability through a continued commitment to create a fiscally responsible, job-focused climate. We would like to move even further on this path by improving our revenue mix and doubling down on innovation.”

Sandip Lalli, President & CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce

“This budget further reduces government funding to school boards and downloads more costs onto parents. With the last budget, we had to FOIP to truly understand the totality of the cuts. I’m worried that the most troublesome details of this budget are again being obscured.”

Jason Schilling, President, Alberta Teachers’ Association

“Most importantly, we know that government’s changes to the health care system will cause immense harm to patients. We must stand firm in our resolve to advocate for our patients and our colleagues.”

Christine Molnar, President, Alberta Medical Association

“The #ABBudget shows that Alberta is turning a corner to a more balanced future, focusing on a strong economy, creating jobs, attracting investment while maintaining a credible path to fiscal balance.”

Business Council of Alberta

“There weren’t a ton of surprises, but there was one big one. That really big surprise was a cut of $53 million to funding for maintenance of affordable housing. Without question, this means we are going close affordable housing units at a point when we need 15,000 more affordable housing units. It might mean we’ll have to close entire buildings.”

Naheed Nenshi, Mayor, City of Calgary

“This budget continues on the path government set out on in October, with an eye to restraining operating costs while supporting private-sector job growth.”

Ken Kobly, President & CEO, Alberta Chamber of Commerce

Next Steps

Budget 2020 maintains the fiscal path laid out in Budget 2019 and continues to implement the UCP’s election platform and MacKinnon report recommendations. The realization of this new approach to Government is still underway, and much more work will be done to reform programs, policy, and overall strategy. Frustration in the face of job losses and service cuts from public unions, teachers, doctors, and students is reaching a boiling point and will need to be addressed as the government continues to determine and refine the policy direction of dozens of important files.

By prioritizing “A Fair Deal for Alberta” in the budget, Alberta has set the stage for tension with the minority government in Ottawa. Provincial-Federal relations will play a large role in either energizing or upsetting the Government of Alberta’s plans for job growth and energy industry revitalization. On top of this are the unknowns that plague every government: recessions and international events. The US presidential election, COVID-19, and other wildcards have the potential to derail or bolster the Government’s success.

Government Bills and Orders

Bill 1, Critical Infrastructure Defence Act, Hon. Jason Kenney

Bill 2, Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Amendment Act, 2020, Hon. Grant Hunter

Bill 3, Home Sites Tenancies Amendment Act, 2020, Hon. Nate Glubish

Bill 4, Fiscal Plan and Transparency Amendment Act, 2020, Hon. Travis Toews

“Government relations must be viewed with a long-term lens. By aligning your priorities with those of government, you can position yourself to be at the front of the line when austerity measures end.”

Michael Solberg, Director, New West Public Affairs

Key Dates

  • March 4
  • March 9-12
  • April 6-16
  • April 17
  • April 23
  • May 19-21
  • June 4
  • June 27
  • November 12-15
  • Bank of Canada Interest Rate Announcement
  • Constituency Week (Alberta Legislature)
  • Constituency Week (Alberta Legislature)
  • Conservative Party of Canada, Leadership Debate (English)
  • Conservative Party of Canada, Leadership Debate (French)
  • Constituency Week (Alberta Legislature)
  • Last day of Session (Alberta Legislature)
  • Conservative Party of Canada, Leadership Election
  • Liberal Party of Canada, National Convention