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The Speech from the Throne is your first opportunity to learn about government's new priorities for the year ahead. The throne speech is delivered by Alberta's Lieutenant Governor and marks the opening of a new session of the legislature.
The third session of the 30th legistature opened February 22, 2022 with a speech from the throne delivered by Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, AOE, B.Sc., LLD (hon) Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.
Throne speech highlights
- Creating jobs by moving forward with Alberta’s Recovery Plan – a plan to create jobs, diversify the economy and create opportunities for every Albertan.
- Addressing cost-of-living pressures through a gas rebate program.
- Building health care capacity so hospitals are better prepared for potential future waves of COVID-19.
- Accelerating the Alberta Surgical Initiative to reduce surgical wait times caused by COVID-19.
- Strengthening protection for Alberta students by ending the conflict of interest that allows the Alberta Teachers’ Association to investigate its own members.
- Expanding school choice by creating more charter schools and improving support for existing charters.
- Increasing prenatal financial aid to mothers receiving AISH and Income Support.
- Implementing recommendations to improve palliative care.
- New legislation to modernize the electricity market.
- Legislation to better protect the public from individuals on bail, probation and parole.
- Legislation to reform and modernize the financial services sector by allowing reinsurance.
- Red tape reduction legislation to advance the goal of eliminating one-third of the provincial government’s regulatory burden.
- Other legislation this session will take action on recommendations from the Police Act Review and the Human Trafficking Task Force.
- Recognizing Alberta’s unique heritage, in part by naming the Terrace Building after Chief Poundmaker and erecting a memorial to the victims of residential schools on the legislature grounds.