March 8, 2018 – With just over a year until Albertans go to the polls, Premier Rachel Notley’s Throne Speech today starts to set out the terms of debate for the May 2019 election campaign.
Today’s speech answered the question as to just how far the Notley government is willing to go in its effort to stop the obstruction of the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline – the Premier made a strong statement:
With this pronouncement, expect the threat of Alberta turning off oil to BC will be the headlines coming out of this Throne Speech.
In addition to standing up for market access for Alberta’s resources, the government outlined other legislative priorities for the upcoming session, which focused on the theme of “diversification.” They include:
- Diversifying the energy sector:
- The first bill will support upgrading bitumen and embark on the second phase of petrochemical diversification.
- Diversifying other sectors of the economy:
- The second bill will introduce and expand new tax credits, including a new Digital Industries Tax Credit which will invest in education and make post-secondary and training more affordable.
- Diversification of the electricity sector:
- The third bill will focus on more renewable energy and the creation of a Capacity Market to level out the electricity prices within the province.
On a final note on pipelines: Next week, all MLAs will have an opportunity to debate and vote on a government tabled motion to show support for the Trans Mountain pipeline.
While the opposition may attempt to amend the motion, it is unknown if the government will accept any changes.