Mark your calendars! Since our last edition of the roundup, Premier Kenney has announced that October 24, three days after the federal election, will be Budget Day. 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.
Since our last Roundup, 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.
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.
Below you’ll find a recap of the rest of the government announcements and Orders in Council that you won’t want to miss.
- Alberta is increasing oil production limits for November and December to ensure alignment with takeaway capacity with the Canadian dollar firming in response to the announcement.
- The Alberta Government and Blackfoot Confederacy signed a relationship agreement that sets out a formal process for ministers, chiefs and councils to regularly meet on pre-agreed topics.
- Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu announced a series of red-tape reduction measures for municipalities in his address to the AUMA annual convention.
- A land exchange has occurred with the Municipal District of Bighorn with the province receiving a five-hectare parcel next to the north entrance of the G8 Legacy wildlife underpass.
- A 19-member Skills for Jobs task force has been established by the Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides that will provide recommendations on how to best renew and expand apprenticeship education and skilled trades opportunities for Albertans. It will submit a preliminary report in early 2020 with a full public report later in the year.
- A review of the Tobacco Act including vaping will be launched on November 1 with amendments to the act to be introduced in the spring 2020 session.
- A ministerial advisory committee has been formed to guide the startup of the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (AIOC).
- Legislation will be introduced in the fall session related to protestors who invade farms to discourage the activity.
- Associate Minister of Natural Gas Dale Nally released a statement regarding the Canada Energy Regulator decision to revise natural gas pipeline storage during maintenance periods calling the decision a significant milestone.
- An online tool has been created to assist low-income seniors in applying for financial assistance programs.
- Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer has extended his rural crime tour for an additional month to meet popular demand.
- Former Alberta Party Leader and PC Health Minister Stephen Mandel and businesswoman Heidi Overguard have been appointed to the AHS board to serve three-year terms.
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 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 169/2019: Appoints Michael Marcotte as a member and chair of the Board of Governors of Lethbridge College for a term to expire September 24, 2022.
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 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 185/2019: Makes the Collective Agreement Designation Regulation, naming the collective agreements impacted by the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act.
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 in our next Roundup.