The throne speech outlined the goals and priorities of Premier Rachel Notley’s government as it begins a new legislature session set to run until June 1.
The provincial government vowed to go to court against anyone challenging Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline in the throne speech read by Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell Thursday.
“Government will defend our province and its key industry in court, seeking intervener status on legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline,” she read on behalf of Alberta’s NDP government.
Government house leader Brian Mason had already said the plan to introduce at least 15 bills, including the budget on March 16.
But it’s the plan to support the expansion of Trans Mountain, which shuttles crude and refined oil from Edmonton to Vancouver, that Mount Royal University political science professor Duane Bratt said is telling.
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Alberta NDP promises consumer bill of rights in throne speech
Alberta’s NDP government is promising a “consumer bill of rights” as it pushes a political message around affordability.
In Thursday’s speech from the throne to open the new legislature session, the Notley government promised to strengthen consumer legislation and introduce the bill of rights this spring.
“Any attention to the issue of consumer rights is healthy,” he said.
“We are going to be focused this session on ensuring that we beef up consumer protection,” said Service Alberta Minister Stephanie McLean in an interview Thursday.
McLean said the government is taking inspiration from the United Nations’ guidelines for consumer protection and President John F. Kennedy’s call for a consumer bill of rights in the United States in the 1960s.
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Notley government promises relief for Alberta families in throne speech
“An electricity bill isn’t a jack-in-the-box,” said Lt. Gov.
Electrical rates to be capped, consumer protections to expandNew legislation will cap electrical rates for homes and businesses in Alberta.
Legal mattersThe NDP also plan to make changes to three areas of Alberta law in the coming weeks.
The Notley government implemented its door-to-door energy sales ban in response to over 1,000 independent complaints over misleading and high-pressure sales tactics by people going door-to-door for electricity companies.
The bill will also eliminate bussing fees for students going to their designated school.
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