Alberta legislature fall session starts Tuesday

Bills being introduced include Clare’s Law, Indigenous investment and bringing decorum back to the house

EDMONTON – Alberta’s fall legislative assembly session starts Oct. 8 after its summer break.

Government House Leader Jason Nixon laid out the government’s plans for a busy fall sitting.

“From legislation that will protect victims of domestic violence to unprecedented investment in the success of our Indigenous communities, to bringing decorum back to the people’s House, Albertans can expect big things from this government.”

The UCP government is expected to table 14 to 17 bills this session, subject to the approval of the legislature.

The first bill would establish the eagerly anticipated Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation, giving Indigenous Albertans significant opportunities to partner in critical natural resource projects.

The government also plans to expedite the introduction of Clare’s Law, which would enable the disclosure of criminal records of potentially abusive partners to keep Albertans protected and safe.

The Technology, Innovation and Emissions Reduction program – which addresses the province’s large emitters – will also be introduced for consideration by the assembly.

A host of other legislation aimed at getting Albertans back to work and the province’s fiscal house in order is also on the agenda this fall.

The government will table its first budget on Oct. 24 as part of the overall strategy to bring the province’s finances back to balance. Budget legislation will focus on taking thoughtful action to correct Alberta’s chronic overspending problem by living within our means while protecting front-line services.

READ MORE: Longest sitting day in Alberta legislature history ends after 46 hours

The UCP government said it looks forward to continuing to honour the 375 commitments made to Albertans just six months ago.

The spring session of the legislature ended July 5 and recorded the longest sitting day in Alberta’s legislative history. The sitting lasted 46 hours and 20 minutes. 

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