New Gov’t Initiatives Announced

New Gov’t Initiatives Announced

Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk
MLA for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville

Wednesday, November 11th is Remembrance Day, so remember to wear a poppy throughout the week to honour our fallen soldiers. Many places are hosting virtual Remembrance Day celebrations and I encourage you to attend if possible.

The UCP Government Caucus launched the ‘My Parks Will Go On’ campaign which looks to combat the misinformation being spread by the opposition and special interest groups about the Alberta government ‘selling our parks.’

No parks will be sold or developed for industry and all current park sites will remain fully protected.

Since 1932 Alberta has partnered with community groups, Indigenous groups, and grassroot organizations to manage provincial parks. These partnerships protect access to parks while controlling costs for Alberta taxpayers.

This week we introduced Bill 39: the Early Learning and Child Care Amendment Act. This legislation will work towards more flexibility and transparency for parents, simplifying rules and regulations for operators, and emphasizing the expectation of quality and safe practices in child care programs.

What stood out most to me the most was the desire for parent choice. Albertans want to have child care options available. It’s not up to government to decide which child care option a parent should use. This legislation will accomplish many great things for the child care sector and will make well-needed changes, informed by everyday Albertans.

More emissions reduction projects will now be possible thanks to funding from the industry-supported Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) system and the federal Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund (LCELF).

The Energy Savings for Business Program will fund Alberta’s small and medium-sized facilities benefit from projects that can be installed quickly to cut emissions and support jobs. This program is expected to add $300 million to Alberta’s economy.

The Partnership Intake Program and TIER funding will continue to support emissions reduction projects that stimulate Alberta’s economy.