Posted on Apr 3, 2017
The Session is back on at the Legislature, and I’ve been proud to be working for you on things to help make life better for Albertans. We just introduced the new budget, which I am proud to support. Our government will continue to protect healthcare, education and other key services for Albertans. The budget also is investing in construction jobs to build the key infrastructure to put Albertans to work and get our products and resources to market.
I am also happy that the budget shows this government is careful with the money that belongs to Albertans. Just last month, Finance Minister Joe Ceci announced new salary caps for CEOs at 23 of Alberta’s agencies, boards and commissions. Gone are the days where golf club memberships are the norm – the pay and benefits are now in line with others across the country.
I’m really encouraged that many of you continue to contact me about the Climate Leadership Plan. As you probably are aware, putting together this plan and the carbon levy has delivered two new pipeline approvals. Prices for the basics like food and gas have not spiked as some falsely claimed. And, the plan is providing Albertans with innovative opportunities to diversify our economy while also investing in ways to help lower your power bills. A $36 million, two-year rebate program is helping families, business, and nonprofits install rooftop solar panels. This program is expected to create 900 jobs and reduce solar installation costs by up to 30% for homes and 25% for businesses.
Making your lives more affordable is one of the key aspects of our consumer protection agenda. This work began with addressing the outrageous fees attached to payday loans last fall, and continued with the banning of door-to-door energy sales this past January. The next phase of consumer protection is a new engagement process on builder licensing. This will engage Albertans in how we can develop a builder licensing program for Alberta's residential construction and renovation industry. The goal is ultimately to give Albertans peace of mind that their home has being built to a safe standard.
Making life more affordable obviously starts with helping parents raise strong families and ensuring children have every opportunity to succeed. Alberta’s new Child Benefit is helping parents and reducing child poverty, and payments for eligible families with children just went out in February. David Eggen, the Minister of Education, has also announced a new Minister’s Youth Council to get feedback and ideas from students from across Alberta on education issues. If you are junior or high school student in one of Calgary Currie’s fine schools, you can apply here - education.alberta.ca/myc - before 5 May 2017.
While much of April will be spent in Edmonton at the Legislature, I will be in our riding every weekend and for Constituency Week that runs from April 24 to April 28. As always, if you have any additional questions, concerns, or would like meet, please do not hesitate to contact my office.