New government brings in new rules to rebuild democracy
Alberta’s new government opened the legislative session with action to renew democracy and restore stability to health, education and other vital public programs.
The Speech from the Throne, read by Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, announced that Bill 1, An Act to Renew Democracy in Alberta, will fulfill the government’s promise to end corporate and union donations to political parties.
An interim supply bill will be introduced to roll back health, education and human services cutbacks that Albertans voted against in the recent election, and provide stability to key public services, including the public health and education systems, and supports for children, families and Alberta’s most vulnerable citizens.
A full budget will be introduced in the fall.
Bill 2 of the session will be An Act to Restore Fairness to Public Revenue. It will include a modest increase in corporate taxes for profitable firms, and the reintroduction of a progressive income tax for earners at the highest income levels. Under the new tax structure, Alberta will continue to have the lowest provincial taxes in Canada.