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Speech from the Throne: Jobs, Health Care, and Safe Streets

Jason Kenney's government laid out their priority in the last full year of the legislature before the next years 2023 provincial election.

Major points that the provincial government will be focusing on over the next year will be Jobs, Health Care, and Safe Streets.

"Our economy is diversifying, with record investment into technology companies, big film and television productions across the province, and record manufacturing sales," Lt.-Gov. Salma Lakhani outlined in the speech which opened the 2nd sitting of the Alberta Legislature.

"The government will continue this positive momentum through Alberta’s Recovery Plan, designed to create jobs, diversify the economy, and provide opportunities for every Albertan." the speech outlined.

One area that the province will be looking at will be launching a worldwide campaign to attract businesses to the province, "This campaign will focus on attracting both job-creating investment and hard-working people from across Canada and around the world."

COVID-19 played heavily into the speech from the throne. "COVID has revealed shortcomings that we simply must address", the speech states.

The government wants to accelerate the Alberta Surgical Initiative, which they see will significantly increase the number of surgeries performed in chartered surgical facilities in order to reduce wait times that have grown during COVID.

When it comes to education, the province said that parents know what is best for their children.

"That is why the government will bring forward a package of regulatory improvements to help create new charter schools and better support existing charters to realize the promise of the Choice in Education Act," Lt.-Gov. Salma Lakhani stated.

The rise of hate crimes will be tackled in the upcoming session according to the speech. The government will launch a review of recent apparently hate-motivated incidents, working with police to identify common patterns and to make recommendations on how better to prevent such crimes in the future.

The speech outlined the rise in hate against Christian churches. "These were attacks on the constitutionally protected freedom of religion, and our belief in peaceful pluralism. That is why the government will more than double the size of the Security Infrastructure Program, which was launched last year to upgrade security for community facilities targeted by hate crimes, including mosques, synagogues, gurdwaras, mandhirs, and other vulnerable facilities," the speech outlined.

The Minister of Indigenous Relations will complete consultations with Indigenous communities and will establish a memorial on the grounds of the legislature forever to remember the victims of the Indian Residential School system.


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