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    Weekly Roundup #17

    Posted by New West Public Affairs on Dec 10, 2018 10:13:42 AM

    Last week brought the end of what very well could be the last sitting of the 29th Legislature.

    The fall sitting of the Legislature went out with a whimper on Thursday, with pipelines, oil differential and much hullaballoo and fallout from the first ministers’ meeting in Montreal taking attention away from the final week of session. Interprovincial tensions continue to rise thanks to the flippant comments of Quebec Premier François Legault that “there is no social acceptability for a pipeline that would pass through Quebec territory”.

    In today’s edition of the Roundup you’ll find a final recap on legislation from the fall sitting as well as the GoA announcements from the past week. It remains to be seen whether the NDP government will bring back MLAs to introduce a budget in the spring to set the tone for the inevitable election.

    If UCP Leader Jason Kenney had his way, the election would be held on the first available day within the legislated window, March 1, meaning the writ would drop at the beginning of February (by law, the election must be held between March and May 2019). Over here at the Roundup we will be keeping a close eye on how the oil differential looks in the new year along with any improvements to market access. You can bet that Premier Notley will be looking to position her government as favourably as possible, and who knows, the mere fact that Kenney is asking for an early March election date may very well guarantee that will not be the case.

    Government Legislation Recap

    Below is a recap of government legislation for the fall session. A session with the Lieutenant Governor for bills that passed Third Reading to receive Royal Assent can be expected in short order. Spare a thought for the backbench and opposition MLAs whose Private Members’ Bills will die a slow and lonely death on the Order Paper.

    Received Royal Assent

    Bill 20 — Securities Amendment Act, 2018, came into force November 19, 2018

    Bill 21 - An Act to Protect Patients, came into force November 19, 2018, with exceptions 

    Passed Third Reading

    Bill 22 - An Act for Strong Families Building Stronger Communities

    Bill 23 - An Act to Renew Local Democracy in Alberta

    Bill 24 - An Act to Recognize AMA Representation Rights

    Bill 25 - Canyon Creek Hydro Development Act

    Bill 26 – An Act to Combat Poverty and Fight for Albertans with Disabilities

    Bill 27 – Joint Governance of Public Sector Pension Plans Act

    Bill 28 – Family Statutes Amendment Act, 2018

    Bill 29 – Public Service Employee Relations Amendment Act, 2018 

    Bill 30 - Mental Health Services Protection Act

    Bill 31: Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2018

    Bill 32: City Charters Fiscal Framework Act

    **All bills introduced during the 4th Session (2018) of the 29th Legislature are available to read in their entirety through the Legislative Assembly and you can check out our brief summary of each piece of legislation in previous editions of the Weekly Roundup.**

    Government News Recap

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