Making life better focus of fall session
During the fall sitting of the legislative assembly, the Alberta government took steps to make life better for Albertans by strengthening consumer protection, improving workplace health and safety and defending LGBTQ students.
The fall sitting started Oct. 30 and wrapped up today, with the government continuing its focus on jobs, affordability and strengthening the public services families count on.
“It matters how we treat one another. Rather than working for insiders and special interests, we’re working to make life better for all Albertans. That’s why we’re getting dark money out of politics, making our workplaces safer, protecting consumers from scams and price gouging and defending gay students with strong new laws. That’s a record we can all be proud of.”
During the fall session, the government introduced 15 bills, including legislation to:
- Support students who wish to create or join gay-straight or queer-straight alliances by ensuring that every publicly funded school in Alberta has a clear policy allowing them.
- Manage legalization of cannabis in Alberta with a focus on keeping cannabis out of the hands of children, protecting public health and safety on our roads and limiting the illicit market.
- Improve workplace health and safety and provide fair compensation and meaningful support to injured workers and their families.
- Strengthen protections for consumers including those taking out a loan, getting medical care for their pets or making big purchases, like a car.
Alberta’s economy continued to improve throughout the fall sitting and remains the fastest growing in the country. Thousands of full-time, private-sector jobs were created and the government is projecting four percent economic growth, up from 2.6 percent at Budget 2017.
The province is continuing its plan to carefully control spending and find savings. Steps taken during the fall session include extending a salary freeze for management and non-union employees and freezing the size of government. All told, government has found $750 million in savings so far this fiscal year.