What to Expect
With Cabinet in place, Deputy Ministers named, and most of the key political staff getting comfortable in their new roles, this week will see the action shift from Edmonton to Brooks-Medicine Hat, where Danielle Smith is running to get a seat.While she campaigns to get a seat, her ministers will receive their official marching orders (i.e., the top priorities they are expected to advance) via their mandate letters, which Premier Smith promised to also make public.
There will also be continued discussion about masking in schools following Premier Smith’s press release over the weekend announcing there would be no future mask mandates in schools.
The Week That Was
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Two UCP MLAs and former Cabinet ministers have stated they will not run for re-election. MLA Leela Aheer has stated she does not intend to seek re-election this spring 2023 with the party and MLA Ron Orr intends to retire.
Following months of discussions between the Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Association and the Alberta government’s Justice and Treasury Board and Finance departments, the parties have come to an agreement that would allow for market adjustments that would maintain the competitiveness of the Alberta Crown Attorneys’ Association members’ pay. Additionally, the agreement will develop a one-year pilot project to address the mental health needs for support of prosecutors as well as providing a clearer definition regarding the respective roles of Crown prosecutors and government.