The Second Session of the 29th Legislature opened on March 8, 2016 with a Speech from the Throne delivered by Her Honour, Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

The legislature dome.

Read the Throne Speech

"We will address the difficult choices that lie before us, in keeping with our deeply held values. Albertans are an optimistic, entrepreneurial, can-do people."


Highlights from the 2016 Speech from the Throne and the government’s plan to:

  • Diversify energy markets
  • Pursue a coherent and effective economic strategy
  • Invest in a greener, more sustainable economy
  • Take a responsible approach to public finances
  • Make democratic reforms to ensure accountability

Diversifying Energy Markets

  • Continued intergovernmental engagement on pipelines
  • Show leadership on climate change
  • Work towards a permanent energy regulatory regime that is effective and predictable

Action on Income Security, Diversification and Job Creation

  • Child Benefit Plan to provide $340 million for up to 380,000 children in low-income families
  • Legislation to protect Albertans in economic distress from predatory lending
  • Expand access to workforce and skills training and retraining for the unemployed
  • Continue to invest $34 billion in necessary infrastructure while retaining jobs
  • Support small- and medium-sized business with venture capital, updated credit union legislation and a new Promoting Job Creation and Diversification Act
  • Modernize royalties to promote innovation, efficiency, transparency and accountability
  • Implement the Alberta Petrochemicals Diversification Program
  • Establish the Energy Diversification Advisory Committee

Investing in a Clean Energy Future

  • Climate Leadership Implementation Act to put the Climate Leadership Plan into action
  • Reinvest revenues from the carbon levy into creating jobs and economic diversification
  • Create an energy efficiency agency to help families, businesses and communities reduce energy costs and greenhouse gases
  • Create the Oil Sands Advisory Group to advise government

Responsible Public Financial Management

  • Budget 2016 will take a prudent and balanced approach to fiscal plans
  • Protect health care and education services
  • Public spending will be managed carefully and efficiently to find all possible economies
  • Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions Act for better oversight, stewardship and accountability of public agencies, boards and commissions

Ongoing Democratic Reform

  • Receive the report from the All-Party Special Committee on Ethics and Accountability
  • Present legislation on key democratic reform issues in the fall

Other Legislation

  • Repeal Bill 22, engage Indigenous communities on consultation
  • Consult on a new Indigenous People’s Sacred Ceremonial Objects Repatriation Act
  • Act to Implement a Supreme Court Ruling Governing Essential Services
  • Invite public and municipal government comment on a modern Municipal Government Act
  • Modernize Enforcement of Provincial Offences Act to allow police and judiciary to focus on major offences by simplifying management of minor offences
  • Amend the Securities Act for modernization, national harmonization and streamlining