Mark your calendars! Premier Kenney says October 24th will be Budget Day!

On Wednesday, New West Public Affairs Director, Michael Solberg, took his seat at the strategist table for CTV’s Alberta Primetime as they dug into the issues and trends defining the federal election. You can watch the segment, here.

In the meantime, if you want to give feedback as part of the pre-budget consultations, you can use the link here until October 11 or take part in one of two telephone town halls with Minister Toews with a focus on balancing the budget by 2022-23. You can anticipate that the UCP government will attempt to move as much legislation as possible in the three weeks of sitting before the big day.

Premier Kenney has made keynote speeches to the Global Business Forum in Banff and AUMA annual convention in Edmonton along with a trip out east to stump for Conservative Party of Canada candidates in Ontario.

Below you’ll find a recap of the rest of the government announcements and Orders in Council that you won’t want to miss:

Orders in Council

OC 164/2019: Makes changes to the composition of the Labour Relations Board, rescinding the appointment of Gwen Gray, Q.C. as member, vice-chair and Commissioner. Appoints Jeremy Schick as member and vice-chair for a term to expire September 24, 2022, and designates current member Nancy Schlesinger as Commissioner effective January 23, 2020 for a term to expire September 16, 2024.

OC 165-167/2019: Makes changes to the AthabascaBonnyville and Oldman River, Regional Waste Management Services Commission Regulations.

OC 168/2019: Makes changes to the composition of the Board of Governors of the Alberta University of the Arts, rescinding the appointments of Kay Dholoo, Sondra Musa and E. Dale Turri and appointing A. Stewart Hanlon, Spilios Kousinioris and Ashif Merani for a term to expire on September 24, 2022.

OC 169/2019Appoints Michael Marcotte as a member and chair of the Board of Governors of Lethbridge College for a term to expire September 24, 2022.

OC 170/2019: Extends the expiration of the Ammonite Shell Regulation from November 30, 2019 to November 30, 2024.

OC 171/2019: Extends the expiration of the Oil Sands Tenure Regulation, 2010 from November 30, 2019 to November 30, 2029.

OC 172/2019: Appoints David Findlay, Q.C. and Patrizia C. Valle to the Alberta Human Rights Commission for a term to expire September 24, 2022.

OC 173/2019: Rescinds section 20 (expiry of January 1, 2020) from the Child Support Recalculation Program Regulation.

OC 174/2019: Extends the expiration of the Fatality Inquiries Regulation from April 30, 2020 to April 30, 2025.

OC 175/2019: Adds the State of Arizona to the Reciprocating Jurisdictions Regulation. The other included American jurisdictions are Washington, Idaho and Montana.

OC 176/2019: Appoints Paul Wynnyk as Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs, replacing Meryl Whittaker who was appointed in April 2019 to the role.

Upon inquiring, it was confirmed to New West Public Affairs that it is, in fact, Lieutenant General Paul Wynnyk, the former Vice Chief of Defense Staff who served as second in command of the Canadian Forces before he tendered his resignation in July.

This is quite a ‘get’ for Alberta’s Public Service.

OC 177-182/2019: Declares disasters in Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement, Lamont County, Lesser Slave Lake, Mackenzie County, Rocky View County, Yellowhead County, Lac Ste. Anne County, Parkland County, Brazeau County and the Town of Stony Plain for the purposes of allocation of funds response to the fires and floods that occurred in the regions.

OC 183/2019: Makes changes to the Calgary Restricted Development Area Amendment Regulation.

OC 184/2019: Approves the lease of the University of Alberta to Alberta Health Services for the medical isotope and cyclotron facility in Edmonton for a term of not more than 99 years.

OC 185/2019: Makes the Collective Agreement Designation Regulation, naming the collective agreements impacted by the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act. 

Government Announcements

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!