2019 throne speech

The fifth session of the 29th legislation opened on March 18, 2019 with a speech from the throne delivered by Her Honour, Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

Highlights

Fighting for the things that matter most to workers and families and building a province that works for everyone.

Restoring trust in government

  • Making government work for you, not for itself.
  • Achieving fiscal transparency and accountability by providing more budgetary information to the public.
  • Introducing new measures to further strengthen democratic reform and make sure democracy in Alberta belongs to all.

Creating good jobs in a more diversified economy

  • Putting people to work by building badly needed infrastructure – roads, schools and hospitals.
  • Building on Alberta’s strengths in the health, environment, energy, food, forestry and emerging technology sectors to help researchers and entrepreneurs grab hold of new opportunities.
  • Delivering on the full potential of this province, with more refining, more upgrading, more value and more good jobs for people across our economy.
  • Investing in a technology diversification plan to secure Alberta’s place as a global high-tech leader.
  • Improving patient safety and shortening wait times by fixing our deteriorating lab system, expanding the Red Deer Regional Hospital, building a new children’s mental health hospital in Edmonton and renovating the Peter Lougheed emergency department in Calgary.
  • Building long-overdue water infrastructure to ensure First Nations have access to clean, safe drinking water.
  • Repairing and building 4,000 more affordable homes for seniors and people in need.
  • Improving Deerfoot Trail to reduce congestion and improve safety for travellers.
  • Investing in crucial flood mitigation work, including Springbank Dam.
  • Investing in a rural broadband strategy to help people in rural areas get the same fast internet services as people in urban areas.
  • Defending energy jobs by keeping the pressure on to get Trans Mountain pipeline built.
  • Reducing oil backlogs and getting our resources moving.

A province that works for everyone

  • Making sure Alberta remains a place that works for everyone with strong schools, hospitals and stable, reliable public services.
  • Strengthening our ability to defend Albertans from American-style health care creeping into our province and the rights of women to get critical health services.
  • Introducing new measures to reduce health care wait times.
  • Reducing the costs seniors pay for the drugs they need.
  • Bolstering the Classroom Improvement Fund to make sure our classrooms are able to respond to the specific needs of each and every young student.
  • Making child care affordable for everyone.
  • Lifting every single child out of poverty.
  • Laying out a responsible and achievable path to balance.

News

Workers and families focus of 2019 throne speech (March 18, 2019)