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Alberta legislature ready to resume for fall session

Last Updated Oct 7, 2019 at 12:28 pm MST

Tom Ross/660NEWS

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – Provincial lawmakers are heading back to the legislature Tuesday as the fall session kicks off with several bills in the works.

Government House Leader Jason Nixon spoke at the Alberta Legislature Monday, saying the UCP government is ready to get back to work.

Nixon said the bills will be among 17 pieces of legislation to be introduced over the coming weeks.

The fall sitting will be dominated by the release of the provincial budget on Oct. 24.

“Our children and theirs will thank us for taking the steps necessary to get our fiscal house in order, restore the province’s triple-A credit rating and reassure job creators and investors that the province is open for business again,” said Nixon.

Premier Jason Kenney has said there will be restraint in the budget, as his government works to fulfil its promise to end the recent run of multibillion-dollar budget deficits within four years.

Kenney said, however, the cuts won’t be as deep or as drastic as the 20 per cent clawbacks under former premier Ralph Klein in the early 1990s.

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“Albertans have given us a clear indication that they expect us to make the tough decisions,” added Nixon. “That we will rebuild our province’s stalled economy and set the stage for fiscal sustainability for generations to come.”

Nixon himself will introduce one of the first motions of the fall session. He is calling on all MLAs to stand firm with the province’s energy sector.

“We are all aware that Alberta’s energy industry operates with the best environmental and human rights standards in mind. This is not a partisan statement but a fact. Recently we’ve seen Canadians denied the right to wear clothing that celebrates all that our oil and gas industry contributes to Canada within the country’s top law-making institutions. ”

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Other bills to be introduced include ‘Clare’s Law’, which allows victims of domestic abuse to know of their partner’s violent history and a motion to limit debates in the legislature.

That comes after the Opposition NDP held overnight sessions while debating Bill 8 to reform GSAs and Bill 9 to delay wage arbitrations for public sector workers.

Nixon said no bills are coming this fall that deal with public sector wages.

 

With files from The Canadian Press