Alberta Update: January 26, 2024

This Week New Deputy Ministers: Premier Smith announced a small shuffle in the public service this week. Sherri Wilson was appointed Deputy Minister of Environment and Protected Areas, Katarzyna (Kasha) Piquette was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Relations, and David Skene was appointed Deputy Chief, Policy Coordination. Malcolm Lavoie was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy […]

Alberta Update: January 12, 2024

This Week Promoting film and television in Los Angeles:Minister Fir travelled to Los Angeles to promote Alberta’s film and television industry. The trip included meetings with executives from HBO and other production organizations, and an event showcasing Alberta as a leading filming destination. The film and television industry in Alberta is at an all-time high, and […]

Alberta Update: December 15, 2023

This Week COP28 summit comes to a close: Premier Danielle Smith and Minister of Environment and Protected Areas Rebecca Schulz released a joint statement after attending the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (COP28) in Dubai. The statement highlighted Alberta’s success at COP28 in pushing back against the federal Liberal government’s proposal […]

Alberta Update: December 1, 2023

This Week Fiscal Update: Nate Horner, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Finance, had good news in a mid-year fiscal update this week. Alberta’s UCP government is forecasting a $5.5 billion surplus for 2023-24, $3.2 billion higher than expected in Budget 2023 earlier this year. Among the reasons for the higher surplus are higher bitumen royalties and tax revenue […]

Alberta Update: November 17, 2023

This Week Pushing back on federal government’s labelling of plastic: Premier Danielle Smith and Minister of Environment and Protected Areas Rebecca Schulz released a joint statement after the Federal Court of Canada sided with Alberta. The court ruled that the federal Liberal government’s decision to list plastics as toxic was unreasonable and unconstitutional. In September 2022, former Premier […]

Alberta Update: November 10, 2023

This Week Legislation: 2 pieces of government legislation were introduced this week. The proposed bills include:  Refocusing health care: The week the Government of Alberta announced significant changes to the way health care is delivered to Albertans. The new system will be organized into four organizations operating under a single health care system. The four organizations are:   Alberta Health Services (AHS) […]

Alberta Update: November 3, 2023

This Week Speech from the Throne: On Monday, the Legislature kicked off the fall session with the Speech from the Throne. Read the highlights from the Speech from the Throne here.  Legislation: 6 pieces of government legislation were introduced. These proposed bills include:   Protection from future tax hikes: Bill 1, the Alberta Taxpayer Protection Amendment Act, 2023, delivers on the government’s campaign promise that Albertans […]

Alberta Update: October 20, 2023

This Week Improving access to healthcare: As one of the government’s top priorities, Minister LaGrange announced the adoption of several recommendations from the Modernizing Alberta’s Primary Health Care System (MAPS) report. These recommendations include creating a primary health care division within Alberta Health, increasing funding for family doctors and nurse practitioners, and introducing a payment system to […]

Alberta Update: October 13, 2023

This Week Premier Smith’s one-year anniversary: This past week marked one year since Premier Smith was sworn into office. On the occasion, the Premier released a statement reflecting on the progress made in the past 12 months giving special attention to Alberta’s work fighting against the federal government, addressing the affordability crisis, getting Alberta’s fiscal house in […]

Alberta Update: October 6, 2023

This Week $330 million to revitalize downtown Calgary: This week, the Government of Alberta’s commitment to invest $330 million into the City of Calgary was approved by cabinet and Treasury Board. The investment is targeting improvements in the Calgary arena and entertainment district that are estimated to result in four million square feet of mixed-use development. Once complete, […]