Alberta This Week

What to Expect

Premier Smith will speak to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on Friday, where she’ll likely continue to focus on her top-four priorities: affordability, creating jobs and strengthening the economy, addressing the gaps in healthcare delivery, and asserting provincial jurisdiction.

COP27 also continues this week, where the civil servants will hammer out a statement. Alberta sent a delegation this year, headed by Environment and Protected Areas Minister Sonya Savage. Yesterday a new TIER Fund program, the Industrial Transformation Challenge, was announced at COP27. The program is looking for proposals to create clean opportunities like mineral and metal extraction, electrification and managing methane emissions. It is worth $50 million.

Budget consultations were open to the public last week, and those will continue with everyday Albertans, as well as key stakeholders and industry groups, through to the new year.

The Week That Was

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw will be replaced by Alberta Health Services Executive Dr. Mark Joffe. Dr. Joffe is currently the vice-president and medical director for Cancer Care Alberta, Clinical Support Services and Provincial Clinical Excellence for Alberta Health Services.

On Tuesday evening, Premier Danielle Smith won her race in the Brooks-Medicine Hat byelection after having claimed 54.5 per cent of the votes cast.

The provincial government has announced the investment of $161 million in funding from the Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program to be directed toward clean hydrogen and carbon capture, utilization, and storage initiatives.

Premier Danielle Smith has called on the federal government to eliminate the carbon tax and halt the federal fuel tax to address affordability.

The Premier issued 11 of the expected 24 mandate letters last week. So far, the released letters are for:

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