Dear friends and neighbours:
It has been a very busy week in Edmonton as we finished the most recent session of the Legislature with a marathon sitting.
I am proud to share that this session, Alberta’s government introduced and passed 34 bills through the Legislature. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the normal legislative session, but Alberta’s government was still able to deliver on 93 more platform commitments while taking concrete measures to save lives and livelihoods. This means Alberta’s government has already kept or is well underway on 255 of 375 promises to Albertans, representing 68 per cent of platform commitments just over one year into our mandate. Alberta’s MLAs returned to the chamber earlier than any other sitting jurisdiction in Canada, and I am pleased to say that our Legislature met more times than any other legislature in Canada, including the federal Parliament.
If you should have any questions please feel free to contact my office by email at Fort Saskatchewan.Vegreville@assembly.ab.ca or by phone at 780-632-6840 for my Vegreville office and 780-992-6560 for my Fort Saskatchewan.
During this sitting, important legislation was passed, like Bill 32, the Act to Restore Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces. This was one of our key platform commitments to protect workers from being forced to fund political parties and causes without explicit opt-in approval. Now, Alberta’s government has
delivered on that commitment.
One bill I was particularly proud of was Bill 30, the Health Statutes Amendment Act. Alberta’s government is strengthening the Health Quality Council of Alberta so it can drive health-system improvement and create positive change for patients and families. Albertans pay for the best and
deserve the best, yet we’re not getting it. This legislation is about ensuring we have a sustainable and high-quality health system for generations of Albertans to come. Alberta has an increasingly expensive health-care system that does not result in better services for Albertans, which can be improved upon by embracing change and innovation in our health system.
As part of Alberta’s Economic Recovery Plan, I am pleased to share that municipalities province-wide will receive significant investments to help to fund shovel-ready projects and build core infrastructure that will get Albertans working. This funding will also support municipal and public transit operating costs and create thousands of good-paying jobs now. Alberta’s communities play a critical role in our economy and we want to help them get shovel-ready projects into the ground immediately to create
jobs, drive economic growth and improve Alberta’s competitive position.
As we turn the page to the month of August, I hope everyone in the riding takes the opportunity to explore our beautiful communities.
Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk, MLA for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville