Alberta This Week

What to Expect

Despite the Legislature being back in session, politics is likely to remain focused on the UCP leadership review taking place on April 9. Registrants now number well over 10,000. A vote of this size will be hard to manage in one location on one day, so discussion regarding the contingencies of the voting process is reasonable – multiple voting locations because of the unprecedented numbers are being considered. Regardless, this will be a massive undertaking involving a lot of party volunteers putting in a lot of time trying to make sure the process runs as smooth as possible.

The Week That Was

Though not as high as the national rate, Alberta still saw an increase on inflation at 5.5 per cent in February 2022 with core inflation hitting 3.1 per cent during the same time period.

The Alberta government has announced a reduction of taxes for job creators. One of those job creators is Walmart Canada who will be developing a new fulfillment centre which will create employment opportunities during the centre’s construction and a projected 325 new jobs for the province once it is operational. The centre is being funded by a more than $118 million investment from Walmart Canada.

To both work towards Alberta’s net-zero targets and to develop the economy, the province is supporting 22 new projects with $13 million through Alberta Innovates.

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