Posted on Sep 1, 2017
While September means back to school for many, for me it also means the start of session in October after a busy summer speaking with Albertans from across our province. It was great to see so many of you at the Marda Gras Street Festival or Edworthy Off-Leash Dog Park, two highlights for me. I enjoyed our chats about our government's work building and opening more schools in the Calgary area that will ease pressure on Currie classrooms this fall. Many others were thrilled about the construction of the new cancer centre and the SW portion of the Ring Road.
For those students returning to school this fall I am happy that Premier Rachel Notley has kept our government’s promise to fully fund each student, and those studying at Mount Royal University are returning to the world class Riddell Library and Learning Centre. And while the reduction of school fees has helped make life more affordable for many families, it also revealed that a friendly review of the Calgary Board of Education’s books was needed. I will provide updates as this work proceeds and will continue to convey any concerns to Education Minister David Eggen.
As our economy continues its return to its place as the driver of Canada's economy, we've continued to be conscientious with your tax dollars. We have reigned in spending at Albertans Agencies Boards and Commissions, for example, Guy Kerr, CEO of the Workers' Compensation Board, will earn $396,720 instead of $896,206 and Jim Ellis, CEO of the Alberta Energy Regulator, will see his salary drop from $721,680 to $396,720. We are reigning in the excesses of the old PC (now the UCP party) governments. We also re-invested $1.53 billion in revenue generated through the Climate Leadership Plan to build the new Green Line LRT, making this the largest public infrastructure investment in Calgary’s history. Your government also held open houses on condo regulations and launched a survey on consumer protection to tackle such issues as household moving services, debt collection, ticket sales and auto repairs with the goal of helping you to protect you pocket books.
The work on my private Members bill is nearing completion. Over the summer I held four more Henson Trust consultations - in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Edmonton, and Calgary- where I shared a draft of this legislation with families, self-advocates and various organizations. All this feedback will enhance the final version of the bill that I hope to table when the legislature returns this fall. Thanks to all who attended this second phase of consultations. I believe this bill will make their families' lives better.
Over the next few weeks you will see me in the city streets celebrating Calgary Pride with my New Democrat colleagues. If you or your community are having event - big or small, day or night - I am always happy to attend if I can! So let me know about them by contacting my office