Today Alberta enters Stage Two of the government’s three-stage “Open for Summer Plan”, for lifting COVID-19 restrictions based on vaccination thresholds and hospitalizations. Based on the current pace of vaccinations, the province projects we will enter Stage Three by the end of this month.
The Legislature is in session this week and is expected to adjourn for the summer on Thursday, June 17 – four weeks later than originally anticipated. Despite appearing on the Order Paper since last fall, it does not appear that Bill 49, the Labour Mobility Act, will be introduced. Bill 56, the Local Measures Statutes Amendment Act, 2021, is being discussed at third reading today.
The legislative assembly began debate on government motion 83 on June 7. The motion contains the suggested wording for a referendum question on equalization. The government intends to hold the vote in conjunction with the October 18 municipal elections. The government has also indicated that a decision on additional referendum questions to be held on October 18 will be made by the end of June.
In response to the recent terrorist attack in London, Ontario, the assembly debated and passed government motion 84 on June 8. Among other things, the motion called upon the Government of Alberta to strengthen law enforcement, educational and other efforts to combat Islamophobia, and all forms of bigotry and hatred; and encourage the Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council to study and report on hate crimes targeting religious and ethnic minority communities.
Spring 2021 Legislation Status (as of Wednesday, June 9)
Leave to Introduce a Bill
Bill 49 - Labour Mobility Act (Copping)
Bill 70 - COVID-19 Related Measures Act (MLA Gotfried)
Committee of the Whole
Bill 52 - Recall Act (Madu)
Bill 58 - Freedom to Care Act (Aheer)
Bill 66 - Public Health Amendment Act, 2021 (Shandro)
Bill 67 - Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act (Nicolaides)
Bill 69 - Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 2021 (Nixon)
Bill 51 - Citizen Initiative Act (Madu)
Bill 56 - Local Measures Statutes Amendment Act, 2021 (McIver)
Bill 62 - Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2021 (Hunter)
Bill 63 - Police (Street Checks and Carding) Amendment Act, 2021 (Madu)
Bill 65 - Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2021 (Shandro)
Bill 72 – Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act (Savage)
Awaiting Royal Assent
Bill 57 - Metis Settlements Amendment Act, 2021 (Wilson)
Bill 68 - Election Statutes Amendment Act, 2021 (Madu)
Received Royal Assent
Bill 53 - Service Alberta Statutes (Virtual Meetings) Amendment Act, 2021 (Glubish)
Bill 54 - Irrigation Districts Amendment Act, 2021 (Dreeshen)
Bill 55 - College of Alberta School Superintendents Act (LaGrange)
Bill 59 - Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 2021 ($) (Toews)
Bill 60 - Appropriation Act, 2021 ($) (Toews)
Bill 61 - Vital Statistics Amendment Act, 2021 (Glubish)
Bill 64 - Public Lands Amendment Act, 2021 (Nixon)
Bill 71 - Employment Standards (COVID-19 Vaccination Leave) Amendment Act, 2021 (Copping)
Bill 211 - Municipal Government (Firearms) Amendment Act, 2020 (Glasgo)