A healthier economy and province

Written by MLA Bruce Hinkley, Wetaskiwin-Camrose. First published in the Wetaskiwin Times Advertiser on July 20, 2016.

Our Government is committed to restoring a healthier economy without compromising front-line health care and education with deep cuts which we know will only hurt Albertans.

In the Legislature, our caucus members have actively engaged in debates, put forth motions, amendments and bills – all while staying engaged and connected to the constituents we represent.

  • Bill 20: Climate Leadership Implementation Act will help our energy industry diversify while decreasing emissions.
  • Bill 22: An Act to Provide for the Repatriation of Indigenous Peoples’ Sacred Ceremonial Objects, is the first steps in helping to ensure all Indigenous communities will be able to reclaim sacred ceremonial objects in provincial collections, now and in the future.
  • Bill 202: Alberta Affordable Housing Review Committee Act establishes the Alberta affordability of housing in Alberta.
  • Bill 204: The Alberta Tourism Week Act designates a week-long celebration of tourism in Alberta and will provide an opportunity for organizations, regions, cities, towns to collaborate to show Alberta to the world.
  • Bill 206: The Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day is to educate the public about the long-term effects and triggers of PTSD, the importance of accurate and early diagnosis and to help combat the stigma and silence we often see around mental health issues.
  • Bill 15: An Act to End Predatory Lending is a revision of the payday loan business as widely seen by anti-poverty groups as necessary to stop the cycle of debt into which many low-income or marginalized individuals fall.
  • Bill 18: An Act to Ensure Independent Environmental Monitoring, will move environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting led by the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency back to government.
  • Bill 19: Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions Compensation Act will address the compensation practices of agencies, boards and commissions that fall under the Public Agencies Governance Act.
  • Other bills passed in the last sitting include:
  • Bill 1: Promoting Job Creation and Diversification Act.
  • Bill 4: An Act to Implement a Supreme Court Ruling Governing Essential Services.
  • Bill 5: Seniors’ Home Adaptation and Repair Act.
  • Bill 6: Securities Amendment Act.
  • Bill 7: Electoral Boundaries Commission Act (I co-sponsored).
  • Bill 8: Fair Trading Amendment Act
  • Bill 9: An Act to Modernize Enforcement of Provincial Offences.
  • Bill 10: Fiscal Statutes Amendment Act.
  • Bill 11: Alberta Research and Innovation Amendment Act.
  • Bill 12: Aboriginal Consultation Levy Repeal Act (repeals Bill 22).
  • Bill 13: Veterinary Profession Amendment Act.
  • Bill 14: Health Professions Amendment Act.
  • Bill 16: Traffic Safety Amendment Act.
  • Bill 21: Modernized Municipal Government Act.

My MLA colleagues and I have been very engaged in our constituencies attending and speaking at public events, visiting schools and consulting with citizens and stakeholders.

I am also delighted that our Caucus has choosen to meet in Wetaskiwin. To my knowledge this is the first time ever for a caucus meeting in our constituency. Recently various cabinet ministers have met with stake holders here as well. Transportation Minister Mason attended the ALL Transportation Day, Minister of Indigenous Relations Feehan met with Chiefs and Councils at Maskwacis, Human Services Minister Sabir also visited Maskwacis Councils and met with persons with disabilities, Minister of Education Eggen met with the Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools Trustees and signed an important letter of intent with the 4 Chiefs and their education authorities at Maskwacis, Agriculture Minister Carlier has toured the Cargil plant and attended the Farm Century Awards and met with Wetaskiwin County Council, Health Minister Hoffman visited St Mary’s Hospital in Camrose and met with Catholic Social Services personnel in Wetaskiwin, and Associate Minister of Health Payne met with the Camrose Primary Care Network staff.

The summer is not over and we will have more Government members visiting. The year is not over and in the fall we will continue with our productive, progressive legislation.

It is my distinct privilege and pleasure to serve as your MLA.