We demonstrated to Albertans time and again that while the Wildrose may hold the title of Official Opposition, our complement of experienced legislators functioned as Alberta’s “Effective Opposition” this spring. Some highlights from the session include:
- Session kicked off with the Speech from the Throne, where our Caucus stood firm on our commitment to be strong advocates for the provincial economy.
- MLA Wayne Drysdale rose during Question Period to make sure the Minister of Agriculture committed to proper consultation on Bill 6: Enhance Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act.
- We were proud to welcome Prab Gill to caucus after winning the by-election in Calgary-Greenway.
- We launched the ENGAGE initiative, which asks Albertans to provide their input and feedback on policy ideas.
- The NDP government introduced the largest budget deficit in Alberta’s history, with no plan to pay back any of the $29 billion in new debt they plan on accumulating over the next three years.
- This lack of fiscal discipline caused Alberta’s credit rating to be downgraded several times over last few months. The Progressive Conservatives have repeatedly called for spending restraint and the development of a credible fiscal plan.
- MLA Ric McIver’s private member’s motion called on the government to reaffirm their commitment to choice in education for Albertan families. After a lengthy debate, the Legislative Assembly voted unanimously in support of this Motion.
- In early May, Fort McMurray and the surrounding area was hit by devastating wildfires. Shaken by the devastation and loss, the PC caucus offered continued thoughts and prayers to those so deeply impacted. We put partisanship aside during the Legislature sitting that week and provided government ministers with our questions in advance of Question Period in order to ensure they were able to provide timely information to affected Albertans.
- Unanimous support was given to MLA Mike Ellis’ private member’s bill, Bill 205. This Bill will save lives by making ownership of a pill press machine without a permit illegal.
- MLA Sandra Jansen continuously called on the Minister of Human Services to end the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) policy for persons with developmental disabilities (PDD), at the request of the PDD community, until he agreed to end the program immediately.
- With just days left in the session, the NDP government attempted to rush a motion regarding medically assisted dying in Alberta through the Legislature. Before the debate began, MLA Richard Starke urged the government to pump the brakes on developing regulations without first talking to Albertans. All PC caucus members were proud to stand to speak during the debate, and MLA Dave Rodney shared a compelling speech.
- The government also attempted to rush through debate on Bill 20: the Climate Leadership Implementation Act, which would an economy-wide carbon tax in Albertans. The Progressive Conservative caucus put forward a number of amendments to make Bill 20 better, such as MLA Richard Gotfried’s amendment to provide supports to small businesses. It was clear that the NDP government had no intention of working collaboratively and making Bill 20 easier on Albertans.
Throughout the session, the entire Progressive Conservative caucus was honoured to represent constituents and all Albertans, making sure their voices were heard by this government. We will continue this work throughout the summer and are hoping to meet face-to-face with as many Albertans as possible to talk about the future of our great province.