Legislation Recap – Summer 2019

We hope you’re enjoying your summer and have recovered from any Stampede hangovers.

We’ve had a busy summer so far, launching our new website, adding some new talent to our roster, and relocating our downtown Calgary office. You can find us in our new digs at the Petex Building, Suite 430, 600 6 Avenue SW. Be sure to come by for a visit!

The roundup today will look back at the legislative activity that concluded earlier this month and the Orders in Council that might have snuck past you over the last few weeks.

The first session of the 30th Legislature concluded after a marathon 46-hour sitting, the longest in Alberta history. The NDP-led filibuster focused on Bill 8 but also included debate on Bill 13, the Alberta Senate Election Act. Much of the debate devolved into talking points that were seen during the spring election. The house will now rest until after the fall federal election (set for October 21) but there is sure to be news coming from the UCP’s Blue Ribbon Panel report to be released in August along with the energy war room.

Since the house rose on July 5, elected officials have been busy flipping pancakes and shaking hands at Stampede, in Red Deer and now in Edmonton where the Premier’s K-Days pancake breakfast was held last Thursday.

Below you’ll find the final stages of government legislation and a recap of Orders in Council passed since our last Roundup.

Legislation Recap

Royal Assent received June 4, 2019

Bill 1: An Act to Repeal the Carbon Tax 

Royal Assent received June 28, 2019 

Bill 3: Job Creation Tax Cut Act

Bill 4: Red Tape Reduction Act 

Bill 5: Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 2019

Bill 6: Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, 2019

Bill 7: Municipal Government (Property Tax Incentives) Amendment Act, 2019 

Bill 9: Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act 

Bill 10: Alberta Personal Income Tax Amendment Act, 2019

Bill 11: Fair Registration Practices Act

Royal Assent received July 18, 2019

Bill 2: An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business

Bill 8: Education Amendment Act, 2019

Bill 12: Royalty Guarantee Act

Bill 13: Alberta Senate Election Act

Notes: This bill brings back senate elections in the province, reviving the previous Senatorial Selection Act that lapsed under the NDP governmentThe first senate elections to be held once the bill receives Royal Assent will be October 17, 2021 when the next municipal elections are held in Alberta.

Calgary Events Centre

On July 22nd the City of Calgary, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC), the Calgary Stampede and Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) announced they have agreed on a $550 million deal to construct a new event centre to replace the aging Saddledome.

New West Public Affairs’ Keith McLaughlin, former Chief of Staff to Alberta’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, took a deep dive into the deal to analyze what it all means and where council is likely to land when the deal comes to a vote on Monday, July 29.

READ: “Done deal? Calgary’s event centre agreement now in Council’s hands”

Orders In Council

OC 113/2019: Related to the government’s commitment to reduce red tape, this OC places a pause on condo regulations put in place by the previous NDP government for 6 months to review for red tape.

OC 114/2019: Appoints Frank Bosscha, Q.C. as Deputy Attorney General. He had previously been acting in the role.

OC 115/2019: Annexes land from Rocky View County to the Town of Cochrane.

OC 116/2019: Extends the expiry date for the Lobbyists Act Regulation from September 30, 2019 to September 30, 2020.

OC 117-121/2019: Amends the various regulations related to the oversight of various agricultural boards and councils including the Alberta Barley Council, Alberta Milk, Alberta Pulse Growers, Sugar Beet Board and Alberta Lamb Producers.

OC 122: Appoints Judge Raymond Bodnarek as Assistant Chief Judge of the Edmonton Criminal Division of the Provincial Court of Alberta for a term to expire July 1, 2024. Bodnarek’s name is tied to the court case of Angela Cardinal, a sex assault victim who was jailed.

OC 123/2019: Designates Judge Gary Cornfield as Assistant Chief Judge of the Calgary Family and Youth Division of the Provincial Court of Alberta for a term to expire July 1, 2024. Cornfield was previously a Crown Prosecutor and a youth court Judge.

OC 124/2019: Appoints James Charlton as Acting Registrar of Regulations and Sherina Dhala and Rebecca Veinott as Acting Deputy Registrars. Charlton also serves Chief Legislative Council at the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General while Dhala and Veinott are Legislative Counsel.

OC 125/2019: Lays out the appointment of Steve Allan as commissioner and the terms of reference of a public inquiry to investigate foreign funding of anti-Alberta energy campaigns with a cost of $2.5 million and a final report due by July 2, 2020.

OC 126/2019: Amends the Employment Standards Code related to flexible averaging agreements, agreements between an individual employee and employer that provide flexibility in scheduling for an employee. The OC comes into force September 1, 2019.

OC 127/2019: Reverses controversial pay and overtime rules for lookout observers that were put into place by the previous NDP government, effectively reinstating the previous system.

A reminder to our readers that the fall session of the Alberta Legislature will resume on Tuesday, October 8 for what is expected to be an 8-week sitting. The Alberta government has suggested a heavy legislative agenda with upwards of 15 bills expected to be introduced.

New West Public Affairs will be monitoring the activity at the Legislature and will report back with a recap of the first week!