2020 throne speech

The second session of the 30th legislature opened on February 25, 2020 with a speech from the throne delivered by Her Honour, Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

Getting Alberta back to work, making life better for Albertans and standing up for Alberta are your government’s top priorities.

Getting Alberta back to work

To help stimulate job creation and grow Alberta’s economy, your government will:

  • introduce a comprehensive, long-term Blueprint for Jobs
  • restore investor confidence by making Alberta the freest, fastest-moving and lowest taxed province
  • continue implementing the Skills for Jobs Agenda to prepare Albertans for fulfilling future careers
  • continue to advance economic diversification, job creation and growth in energy, agriculture, forestry, advanced technology, aviation and air, finance, tourism and other industries
  • invest in infrastructure with the 2020 Capital Plan, committing $6.4 billion
  • establish a new investment promotion agency to expand Alberta’s profile in key capital markets around the world
  • partner with First Nations to create opportunities for investment, jobs, and prosperity through initiatives like the Indigenous Opportunities Corporation
  • increase opportunities for newcomers by providing faster credential recognition, and introduce the new Alberta Advantage Immigration Program, which will attract entrepreneurs to start new businesses and invest here
  • break down costly interprovincial trade and labour mobility barriers
  • support the development and completion of projects to ship Alberta energy to the world, while continuing work with industry to reduce the environmental impact of our energy

Making life better for Albertans

To ensure Albertans are getting full value for their tax dollars, maintain high quality public health care and strengthen public safety, your government will:

  • maintain or increase budgets for health care, education, and social services at record high levels
  • implement health care reforms like the Surgical Wait Times Initiative to reduce wait times and improve health outcomes
  • implement a renewed mental health and addictions strategy, backed by an additional $140 million in support
  • take action to end human trafficking in Alberta
  • prevent convicted sexual offenders from covering their tracks by legally changing their names
  • toughen sanctions against impaired driving
  • protect minors from risks associated with vaping
  • introduce Choice in Education legislation to re-affirm parent’s primary responsibility for their children’s education, and implement recommendations of the Curriculum Review Committee
  • strengthen provincial democracy by introducing legislation to
    • allow Albertans to put important issues to a referendum
    • enact fixed dates for provincial elections and provincial budgets
    • get big money and foreign entities out of Alberta politics
    • allow constituents to recall MLAs, municipal councillors, mayors, and school board trustees from office between elections
    • require a referendum before a consumer carbon tax can be imposed

Standing up for Alberta

To stand up for our province and make sure Albertans are getting a fair deal in the Canadian federation, your government will:

  • address the illegal blockades seen across Canada by increasing the penalties for blocking roads, railways, and other critical infrastructure
  • clarify the referendum process and allow for the holding of referendums not related to constitutional issues
  • update the election rules for the next Senate election in conjunction with the municipal elections in the fall of 2021
  • replace the federal parole board with a provincial parole board in charge of parole eligibility and terms for provincial inmates
  • act on the recommendations of the Fair Deal Panel, following its final report