The third session of the 29th legislature opened on March 2, 2017 with a speech from the throne delivered by Her Honour, Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.
Highlights from the 2017 speech from the throne and the government's plan includes:
Creating jobs and supporting jobs
- Diversifying Alberta’s energy markets by seeking intervener status on any legal challenges to the Trans Mountain Pipeline and continuing to work with the federal government and provinces on the Energy East proposal.
- Putting more Albertans to work building highways, schools, affordable housing and health facilities across the province.
- Moving forward with the first renewable energy auction, attracting up to 400 megawatts of new generation, along with new investments in a more diversified economy.
- Expanding supports to help entrepreneurs across the province.
Making life more affordable
- Reducing school fees to help families save money.
- Capping electricity rates with new legislation.
- Helping families, businesses, Indigenous communities, municipalities, farms and non-profits save money and reduce emissions with new energy-efficiency programs.
- Protecting pocketbooks with a new Consumer Bill of Rights.
Protecting public services
- Approving more new schools to be built across Alberta.
- Partnering with the Alberta Medical Association to help communities find and retain health-care professionals.
- Building more long-term care and dementia spaces that are modern, safe and allow our loved ones to age with dignity.
- New legislation focused on ensuring child death reviews receive the utmost care and attention.
- Eliminating barriers to justice for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Making Alberta a better place for everyone
- Addressing the critical need for access to clean drinking water in First Nations communities.
- Moving forward with the City of Edmonton and City of Calgary on the creation of city charters.
- Expanding protection for whistleblowers and strengthening conflict of interest laws.
- Continuing with consultations to protect the Castle area and improving our parks.
Throne speech: Making life better for families (Mar 2, 2017)