Pipelines, jobs, and economic recovery will be the main priorities for the provincial government over the next couple of months.
The Alberta Spring Legislative Session kicked off on Thursday, starting with the government’s throne speech.
In the speech, they highlighted the importance of diversifying the economy through technology, investment, renewable energy, and the oil and gas sector.
“Now is the time to make sure the economic recovery benefits every Albertan,” said Premier Rachel Notley, in a release.
“That’s why our focus is on creating more good jobs for people, diversifying our economy and making sure this economic recovery is built to last.”
The government says in 2017 nearly 90,000 jobs were created showing signs that the economic downturn is starting to become a thing of the past.
Another main priority for the NDP’s will be the continuous fight to add pipelines, specifically the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion.
“In the past, when workers in our energy industry were attacked and when the resources we own were threatened, Premier Peter Lougheed took bold action. We will not hesitate to invoke similar legislation if it becomes necessary owing to extreme and illegal actions on the part of the B.C. government to stop the pipeline,” added Notley.
On Monday, she will be introducing a motion looking to allow all MLA’s a chance to discuss the importance of the pipeline project.
Other highlights include continuing reconciliation with Sixties Scoop survivors, expanding their $25-a-day child care program, and seeing the minimum wage increase to $15 an hour in October.
As for the United Conservative Party, who are participating in their first spring session, they are agreeing with their provincial counterparts, for the most part.
MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Tany Yao tells Mix News any motion that supports industry is one he approves of.
“We have an excellent product here and again it’s good to see that the government has finally swung around and is supporting this. You have to understand when they first got elected it took them about eight months before they realized that oil is a good thing.”
He says he’s also happy to hear that jobs and the economy are top priorities.
“That really is our core messaging. They need to be responsible in their spending and right now they need to continue pressure on British Columbia.
The Trans Mountain Pipeline, jobs and diversifying the economy will also get major attention from the official opposition.