Alberta Government Turns Up Heat on B.C. in Spring Sitting Throne Speech

Fighting for pipelines, creating jobs and making sure Alberta's economic recovery is built to last will be the focus of the Alberta government this legislative session.

Premier Rachel Notley says she has the responsibility to do what is right for Alberta and may take further measures against British Columbia if that province continues to delay the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. The warning for our western neighbour came as part of the NDP government's Throne Speech to open the spring sitting of the Alberta legislature. Notley says her government won't hesitate to invoke legislation giving this province the power to pull back on the amount of oil Alberta ships out west. The premier, however wouldn't say whether it would just be B.C. being impacted by any cutoff of oil and gas, or other parts of Canada. Thursday's speech from the throne made it clear Alberta will continue to fight for new pipelines to the Canadian coast. Notley says in the past, when workers in our energy industry were attacked and when the resources we own were threatened, Premier Peter Lougheed took bold action. She says every option is on the table and her government "will not hesitate to invoke similar legislation if it becomes necessary owing to extreme and illegal actions on the part of the B.C. government to stop the pipeline.”

Premier Rachel Notley: 

Highlights of the Throne Speech:

Creating jobs in a more diversified economy

  • Thousands of new spaces will be created in our post-secondary institutions that will be dedicated to technology.
  • A second round of the Petrochemical Diversification Program will create new jobs and attract new investment.
  • Work with industry to incentivize investment in new straddle plants and the commercialization of partial upgrading will help us get more from our resources.
  • Establishment of a capacity market will give people more stability in electricity prices.
  • More renewable energy will create jobs and diversify our electricity mix.
  •  A new Digital Industries Tax Credit will help this sector grow and create jobs.
  • Expansions to the Capital Investor Tax Credit and Alberta Investor Tax Credit will help businesses grow.

Working for regular people and families

  • There will be major initiatives to combat crime and help keep families and property safe, especially in rural areas.
  • Alberta’s lobbyist laws will be reformed to provide people with more transparency.
  • Work done to rein in out-of-whack salaries for executives of public bodies and board members will extend to post-secondary institutions.
  • Taxes on people and businesses will remain the lowest in Canada.
  • Work will continue with the public sector to reduce costs.
  • Access to supervised consumption sites will be expanded, based on the advice of public health leaders, law enforcement, community workers and Albertans who have witnessed this crisis first-hand.

Addressing inequality

  • Child care will continue to be made more affordable with the expansion of the $25-per-day child care pilot.
  • More kids will be able to get a good meal at school with the expansion of the school lunch program.
  • The minimum wage will rise to $15 per hour.
  • Crisis services for survivors of sexual violence will expand.
  • Work will continue to reconcile the destructive legacy of the Sixties Scoop.
  • Safe, clean, reliable drinking water will be brought to more First Nations communities.

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