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This week's Roundup contains a deep dive into some of the Orders in Council passed by Alberta's cabinet in the past few weeks, as well as some other news to note, including a poll that shows significant support for Alberta's energy products in Quebec, despite its premier and the Prime Minister throwing cold water on the idea of resurrecting the Energy East pipeline project.
Anyone frequenting their local Tim Hortons, community hockey rink, or office water cooler will have noticed the growing chorus of Albertans angered over feelings of western alienation. While the sentiment is not new, it certainly seems to be picking up steam.
New West's Monte Solberg wrote a piece for the CBC's Road Ahead series that attempts to identify the root of the issue and why Albertans are as angry as they are.
If you haven't read this one already, it's certainly worth taking a look.
Poll: Quebec prefers Alberta Oil over foreign imports
A timely and interesting poll commissioned by the Montreal Economic Institute seems to run contrary to assertions from Quebec Premier Francois Legault and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that there is no interest in la belle province for Alberta's energy products.
These comments were seen as inflammatory to many Albertans desperate to see a coastal pipeline built.
Top level results from the MEI poll show that a full two-thirds of Quebecers prefer Western Canadian oil over that imported from the United States, Algeria, Nigeria, and other oil producing states in the Middle East.
The poll and accompanying analysis is certainly worth reading but we remain skeptical of its effect on the decision making of policy makers in Quebec and Ottawa.
Notable Orders in Council
Below you’ll find the highlights of the Orders in Council passed from mid-November to today. The entire list of Orders passed goes far beyond the already exhaustive list you’ll find below – you can find all of the Orders in Council here.
We have pulled some of the most interesting and noteworthy cabinet orders including appointments, and a number of regulations that were either repealed or extended.
Upon reviewing the significant number of appointments to various public service agencies and arms of government, one suspects this may be a 'future-proofing' attempt by Alberta's NDP government with an election campaign on the horizon.
Retroactively makes an addition backdated to January 1, 2017 that the Minister may pay a rebate under section 19 of the Climate Leadership Act on clear fuel if the fuel was used in equipment that is specified by the Minister to be a service rig and in a production process before 2023.
Makes changes to the Carbon Competitiveness Incentive Amendment Regulation that replaced the previous Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER) on January 1, 2018. Changes to the previous SGER are what triggered the change in law provision related to Power Purchasing Arrangements in Alberta.
Previous established benchmarks (click to enlarge):
Gives clearer direction on emergency management practices for municipalities. Local authorities will have until January 1, 2020 to meet the requirements of the regulation.
Annexes land from the MD of Bonnyville No. 87 to the City of Cold Lake, from the MD of Wainwright No. 61 to the Town of Wainwright, from Leduc County to the Town of Beaumont, from Leduc County and the Town of Beaumont to the City of Edmonton, and from Sturgeon County to the City of Edmonton.
Extends the provincial portion of National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman and Girls from December 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, removes Marilyn Poitras – who resigned as commissioner of the national inquiry in July 2017 - as a commissioner of the provincial inquiry, and states that any hearings must be conducted no later than December 31, 2018.
Don’t you hate it when you make a typo on an important document? This cleans up a misspelling in the Provincial Court Civil Procedure Amendment Regulation from “provinicial” to provincial.
OiC 375/2018, 434/2018
Outlines in detail the announcement made by the Premier on December 2 to curtail oil production in 2019. As outlined in the regulation, the rules are repealed December 31, 2019. The additional Order fixes the combined amount of crude oil and crude bitumen that an operator may produce in January 2019 to an amount that is 84% of the combined amount of crude oil and crude bitumen the operator produced in October 2018.
Makes changes to the Employment Standards Amendment Regulation to reflect the recent government announcement regarding youth workers under the age of 13.
As outlined by the government in November, this regulation makes changes to the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) Regulation, including consumer price index adjustments, and ensuring the deduction from AISH for debts due do not exceed 10% of the maximum living allowance that is payable under the regulation. It comes into force January 1, 2019.
Makes changes to the Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation to clarify definitions, setting a consumer price index adjustment date of January 1, and establishing a liquid asset test and budgetary requirements.
Assigns Ambrose University, Burman University, Concordia University of Edmonton, The King’s University and St. Mary’s University to the Independent Academic Institutions sector of the publicly funded post-secondary system, effective February 1, 2019.
Coupled with the recently passed Bill 19 from the fall session these changes enforce new rules regarding tuition prices tied to the consumer price index, consultation, international student fees and the publication of fees and fee policies. They come into effect on February 1, 2019.
Proclaims that An Act to Enable Clean Energy Improvements will come into force on January 1, 2019.
Proclaims sections of Schedule 2 of the Growth and Diversification Act in force on February 1, 2019. The amendments located in Schedule 2 include application for tax credit certificates and notification when a business no longer meets eligibility requirements.
Establishes an application deadline of December 31, 2019 for a venture capital corporation to apply for a tax credit certificate related to the 2017 or 2018 calendar year related to the Investing in a Diversified Alberta Economy Act. Also establishes definitions related to the diversity and inclusion program related to the Act.
Further outlines the right to participation in a hearing of the Alberta Energy Regulator when an Indian reserve, Metis settlement or municipal authority that is within 2000 meters from where an energy resource activity is or will be located files a statement of concern. Will come into effect January 1, 2019.
On January 1, 2019, Andre Tremblay will be appointed as Deputy Minister of Transportation, moving over from his current position as Associate Deputy Minister of Health. Prior to his current role, Andre was appointed as the Deputy Clerk of Executive Council and Deputy Secretary to Cabinet. In addition, Andre served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Social Policy at Executive Council and Assistant Deputy Minister, Apprenticeship and Student Aid at Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education.
Sets out in regulation changes to condo governance announced by Service Alberta Minister Brian Malkinson on December 14.
Appointments by Cabinet
Designates Ellen-Anne O’Donnell as Chair of the Law Enforcement Review Board for a term to expire November 27, 2020.
Appoints Cheryl D. Fix as Public Trustee for a term to expire November 19, 2023.
Appoints Joshua Brian Budinski, Nancy Joanne Hack, Marco Manna, Joseph Mark Pendleton and Joan Beverley Thomson to the Alberta Transportation Safety Board for a term to expire on November 19, 2021.
Reappoints Helena Acheson and Erasmus Okine as members of the Alberta Research and Innovation Advisory Committee for terms to expire December 31, 2020.
Appoints Chris Powter as a member of the Environmental Appeals Board for a further term to expire November 26, 2021, and appoints Line Lacasse and Sarah Palmer as members of the Board for a term to expire November 26, 2020.
Appoints Harold Robinson as the Fair Practices Commissioner for a term to expire on November 30, 2021 and outlines the establishment and duties of the office.
Effective March 21, 2019 reappoints Malorie Aube, Ben Campbell, Lynn Jacobson and Doug Sawyer as members of the Agricultural Products Marketing Council.
Appoints Hilary Rose as a member of the Alberta Insurance Council for a term to expire December 3, 2021.
Makes changes to the board of directors of the Alberta Enterprise Corporation including extending the appointment of Paul G. Haggis as a member and chair of the board for a term to expire December 31, 2019, appointing Alice Reimer as a member and vice-chair of the board for a term to expire December 31, 2021, and appointing Sharilee Fossum, Jim Gibson, Patricia Johnston, Neil Sadaranganey and Tracey Scarlett as members of the board for a term to expire December 31, 2021.
Reappoints James Prieur as a member of the board of directors of the Alberta Investment Management Corporation for a term to expire June 30, 2022.
Effective May 1, 2019 reappoints Paulina Hiebert and James McKillop to the Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation for a term to expire April 30, 2022.
Appoints Kayla Denness, Omer Hussein, Faisal Kassam, Annet Adetunji, Angille Karen Heintzman and Nomagugu Moyo as members for a term to expire December 10, 2020.
Appoints Natalie J. Carrington, Trevor D. Maslyk, Funmi Abiiba, Michal Juhas, Martin Sherriff and Linda Tymchuk as members of the Health Professions Advisory Board for terms to expire on December 10, 2021.
Removes Jim Lambert, who announced his resignation as CEO of the Alberta Energy Regulator in late November as a member of the Board of Directors for the AER.
Appoints Dr. Stanford Blade as a member of the Council of the Alberta Order of Excellence for a term to expire December 31, 2021.
Appoints Janet Annesley as a member of the Board of Governors of SAIT for a term to expire December 10, 2021 and designates Melinda Park as chair of the Board of Governors of SAIT.
Extension of regulations
Removes gendered language from the Veterinary Profession General Amendment Regulation, and extends the expiry of the regulation to March 31, 2022.
Extends an expiry date for the Certification and Permit Regulation from October 31, 2019 to October 31, 2024.
Repeals an expiry date of October 31, 2019 for the Special Areas Disposition Regulation.
Repeals an expiry date of September 30, 2019 from the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Regulation.
Extends an expiry date for the Transitional (Applications Made in Conformity with the Dependent Adults Act; Certificates of Incapacity) Regulation from September 30, 2019 to March 31, 2022.
Repeals an expiry date of November 1, 2019 from the Maintenance Enforcement Amendment Regulation.
Repeals an expiry date of May 31, 2019 from the Victims Restitution and Compensation Payment Forms Regulation.
Extends the expiry date of various healthcare related regulations:
- The Emergency Powers Regulation is extended from April 1, 2019 to April 1, 2024
- The Disclosure of Information Regulation removes an expiry date
- The Regulated Matter Regulation is extended from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2024
- The Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Regulation is extended from October 31, 2019 to October 31, 2021
- The Health Care Protection Regulation is extended from October 31, 2019 to October 31, 2022
- The Treatment Services Regulation is extended from November 30, 2019 to November 30, 2021
Extends the expiry date of various Service Alberta regulations:
- The Cemeteries Exemption Regulation is extended from November 30, 2019 to November 30, 2024
- The Designation of Trades and Businesses Regulation is extended from August 31, 2019 to August 31, 2024
- The Exemption Regulation is extended from November 30, 2019 to November 30, 2024
- The Law of Property Regulation is extended from July 31, 2019 to July 31, 2024
- The Personal Information Protection Act Regulation is extended from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2024
Repeals an expiry date of July 1, 2019 from the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation.
Repeals an expiry date of June 30, 2019 from the Crown Minerals Registration Regulation.
Extends the expiry of the Oil Sands Royalty Regulation, 1997 from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2035.
Repeals an expiry date of September 30, 2019 from the Petroleum Marketing Regulation.
Extends the expiry of the Security Management for Critical Upstream Petroleum and Coal Infrastructure Regulation from May 31, 2019 to May 31, 2022.
Removes the previously included expiry for the Alberta Heritage Scholarship Regulation of November 30, 2019.
Removes the previously included expiry for the Alternative Academic Council Regulation of August 31, 2019.