With more Albertans heading back to work, Government House Leader Jason Nixon says it is only fair the province’s policy-makers convene in Edmonton to debate legislation critical to getting the province back on track after a protracted commodities price war and COVID-19.
Last week, Government House Leader Jason Nixon asked Speaker Nathan Cooper to recall MLAs to the chamber and a 2020 spring sitting calendar was drawn up for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alberta MLAs are returning to the legislature on Wednesday, May 27th.
Cooper says they will continue to practise physical distancing - where possible - and every effort will be made to ensure limited contact between members, media and legislature staff in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.
As the Alberta economy relaunches, the Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills MLA feels it is important for the provincial government to send those same sort of signals in a safe and responsible manner.
Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre MLA Jason Nixon says at least 10 pieces of legislation will be introduced this session. He says one bill will fulfill a campaign promise to speed up reviews for oil and gas projects.
Premier Jason Kenney's government is also planning to re-open the next phase of the economy on June 19th. At that time, movie theatres and spas can join businesses like restaurants and barber shops that have already re-opened.
(Contains content from The Canadian Press)