This Week In Alberta July 21, 2023

This Week

4 new mandate letters: As of last week, mandate letters for eight ministries were released. This week, the Premier issued a further four letters outlining the priorities of the government. These include mandate letters for the following ministers: 

Bilateral environment meeting: Rebecca Schulz, Minister of Environment and Protected Areas, met with the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault. Minister Schulz emphasized Alberta’s opposition to any federal cap on oil and gas emissions or electricity regulations that do not align with Alberta’s Emissions Reduction and Energy Development Plan. She argued that affordability and reliability must be the primary goals of a practical plan to reduce emissions. Confirming this point, a report from the Public Policy Forum found the federal government’s goal for the electricity grid would cost $1.7 trillion, risking exponential costs on consumers in Alberta. 
Bridging Classrooms to Communities pilot program: Alberta’s government is committing over $10 million to support Indigenous students. The pilot program will help build relationships between local school authorities and Indigenous partners to advance reconciliation by ensuring Indigenous students and families feel heard, respected, and involved in Alberta schools. 

What’s Next

Legislative calendar: MLAs will return to the Legislature on October 30 for the Speech from the Throne. 
UCP AGM: The United Conservative Party will be holding their next AGM on November 3-4 in Calgary. 



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