MLA for Lesser Slave Lake
From making renewable electricity affordable to protecting Albertans at work, it was a busy few weeks in the Legislature where your government has been focused on making life better.
I feel so lucky to represent Lesser Slave Lake in the Legislature. I also know it can be hard for folks in our community to keep up with everything that we do so I’d like to highlight some of our accomplishments of the legislative session that I think will most benefit my constituents in Lesser Slave Lake.
Right out of the gate, our government tabled new protections for gas and convenience store workers, which will require people to pre-pay or pay at the pump for their gas.
We’ve heard too many stories of workers who have been injured or killed in gas-and-dash incidents, which is completely unacceptable. Every worker deserves to get home safely at the end of the day.
We have taken major steps to protect the health and wellbeing of all workers in Alberta with changes to Occupational Health & Safety and to the Worker’s Compensation Board. Accidents on the job are not inevitable and can be prevented with proper precautions, and workers who are hurt on the job deserve access to the medical and financial supports required to return to work.
I’ve heard from many Albertans they’re worried about Jason Kenney outing LGBTQ2S+ kids. Rachel Notley and our government have been clear that we will not let that happen. Bill 24 enshrines the right of those kids to join Gay-Straight Alliances if they want to, without schools reporting that to their parents.
Consumers and honest businesses will be able to have more confidence that everyone’s playing by the same rules and all consumers get a fair deal with our consumer-protection legislation.
This legislation will create a consumer bill of rights and balance fairness for consumers with business interests.
These changes will include prohibiting the use of computer software (bots) to buy tickets online, making it easier for you to see your favourite artists perform.
I’m really excited that in Alberta our renewable electricity auction was a record-setting success. The weighted average price of the successful bids is 3.7 cents per kilowatt-hour. The Alberta prices are the lowest ever recorded in Canada and are among the lowest prices in North America and around the world. Our plan to make life better is working, thanks to our government’s climate leadership plan and partners in the renewables industry.
Our government has also made many changes that will make our democracy stronger and hold elected officials and public servants more accountable.
We passed legislation that will save money for Albertans by eliminating several agencies, boards and commissions and consolidating that work more efficiently elsewhere, and we’ve made some important changes to get big money out of politics.
The work we’re doing to make life better for all Albertans is ongoing, and I look forward to continuing that in the New Year.
Merry Christmas to one and all!