Alberta is facing a challenge unlike any other in our history. In addition to public health concerns, the COVID-19 pandemic – paired with the sudden decline in global oil prices – has created significant upheaval in our economy and energy sector. This means we need to act quickly and cohesively to stabilize our economy and protect Albertans and their jobs.
This includes the effective operation of Alberta’s natural gas and electricity systems, which is why I’m honoured to add the electricity portfolio to my role. I will now be serving Albertans as the Associate Minster of Natural Gas and Electricity. Reliable and affordable electricity is critical to our province’s health care response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for supporting much-needed economic activity across our province. Under these circumstances, it is my privilege to assume this new responsibility to help weather the storm and bring greater stability to these important sectors.
To Albertans: I want to assure you that our government remains committed to ensuring Albertans can access safe, reliable, and affordable electricity.
To our electricity industry partners: When I was appointed Associate Minister of Natural Gas last year, my first priority was meeting with our industry partners. It was important to me to get to know them, their concerns, and where they believed there were opportunities for government to make a positive impact. In the coming weeks, I commit to doing the same – virtually – across the electricity sector. I look forward to working together and continuing the terrific work that Energy Minister Sonya Savage has undertaken over the past several months. Together, we will ensure the electricity sector sees increased certainty during these uncertain times.
This is only one of the steps we are taking to help Alberta through this unprecedented economic situation. Rest assured, our government will leave no stone unturned when it comes to protecting Albertans, jobs, and our economy.