The Alberta Legislature has its first constituency week following a busy first few weeks of the second session of the 30th legislature. Top of mind has been the escalating tensions regarding energy projects in Canada. Wet’suwet’en chiefs and provincial and federal ministers have reached a tentative agreement on a path to proceed for the Coastal GasLink pipeline project. The outlook is not as positive for the Teck Frontier project, with the news that the major mine project will not proceed.
Teck decided to withdraw its application for approval of the Frontier project days before the federal cabinet was set to decide whether to approve it. In a statement, Premier Kenney directly tied the decision to events of the last few weeks and that the timing of the decision is not a coincidence saying that “weeks of federal indecision on the regulatory approval process and inaction in the face of illegal blockades have created more uncertainty for investors looking at Canada”. The decision is sure to only strengthen Premier Kenney’s resolve to see other pipeline and energy projects get approved, built and fully operational including the Trans Mountain Expansion. The TMX project received good news Thursday with the Supreme Court of Canada declining to hear five challenges to the pipeline. Energy Minister Sonya Savage released a statement on the subject.
Finance Minister Travis Toews has tabled his second budget since the UCP formed government. The budget focuses on a path to balance while maintaining key government programs, finding cost efficiencies and creating jobs in the province. You can read New West’s full analysis of Budget 2020 here.
Below you’ll find a recap of government legislation tabled and the rest of the government announcements since our last edition.