Government House Leader Jason Nixon has called Alberta MLAs back to the legislature to debate important legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, support for Albertans, and the province’s economic future.
“Our government understands that this is a challenging period of uncertainty for many Albertans. We want to assure people we are working quickly to ensure that legislation relevant to fighting the spread of COVID-19 and that our economy is set up for success once the worst of the virus passes. Albertans can be certain we are working diligently with the Opposition to address the challenges associated with COVID-19.” Jason Nixon, Government House Leader
Legislation to be debated deals with a number of issues, including modernizing the Public Health Act and protecting mobile home residents. Government will also be tabling legislation that updates the process for managing well liabilities in the province, which will create conditions to help the province’s oil and gas industries rebound once the pandemic is over.
“Effectively managing oil and gas liabilities, including orphan wells and sites, is important in maintaining our reputation as a responsible energy producer. Enhancing the role of the Orphan Well Association plays a significant role in reducing the number of inactive sites in Alberta while at the same time creating jobs to support our economy. This ensures a sustainable oil and gas industry in our province for generations to come.”Sonya Savage, Minister of Energy
Government will be working with the Opposition to ensure MLAs are doing all they can to adhere to the best practices outlined by the chief medical officer of health. The health and safety of members and all Albertans remains our highest priority.
Alberta has a comprehensive response to COVID-19 including measures to enhance social distancing, screening and testing. Financial supports are helping Alberta families and businesses.