September 30, 2020

Democratic Accountability Committee Seeks Public Input

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EDMONTON – The Legislative Assembly of Alberta’s Select Special Democratic Accountability Committee is seeking public input on four separate areas of inquiry: citizens’ initiatives, recall legislation, the Election Act and the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act.

The Select Special Democratic Accountability Committee is inviting written submissions. The deadline for written submissions has been extended to October 9, 2020. Please note that submissions and the names of submitters may be made public.

More information about the Democratic Accountability Committee’s mandate is available on the Assembly website assembly.ab.ca located under committees. A web form is provided, and submissions may also be sent to DACommittee.Admin@assembly.ab.ca.

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Media inquiries:
Janet Laurie, Communications Consultant
Mobile: 780.288.8069
E-mail: janet.laurie@assembly.ab.ca

September 22, 2020

The Assembly stands adjourned until October 20, 2020.

The second session of the 30th Legislative Assembly stands adjourned and will recommence on October 20, 2020. Read more
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The second session of the 30th Legislative Assembly stands adjourned and will recommence on October 20, 2020. This date will be the first day of the Fall Sitting of the Second Session of the Thirtieth Legislature, assuming there is no requirement for the Assembly to meet at an earlier date.
September 3, 2020

Democratic Accountability Committee Seeks Public Input

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EDMONTON – The Legislative Assembly of Alberta’s Select Special Democratic Accountability Committee is seeking public input on four separate areas of inquiry: citizens’ initiatives, recall legislation, the Election Act and the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act.

The Select Special Democratic Accountability Committee is inviting written submissions. Written submissions must be received by September 25, 2020. Please note that submissions and the names of submitters may be made public.

More information about the Democratic Accountability Committee’s mandate is available on the Assembly website assembly.ab.ca located under committees. A web form is provided, and submissions may also be sent to DACommittee.Admin@assembly.ab.ca.

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Media inquiries:
Janet Laurie, Communications Consultant
Mobile: 780.288.8069
E-mail: janet.laurie@assembly.ab.ca

August 28, 2020

Democratic Accountability Committee seeks submissions

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Select Special Democratic Accountability Committee seeks written submissions. Deadline is September 25, 2020. 

Please note that submissions and the names of submitters may be made public.

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August 28, 2020

Watch the installation of Salma Lakhani as Alberta's 19th Lieutenant Governor

August 26, 2020, Her Honour, the Honourable Lieutenant Governor Salma Lakhani, AOE, B.Sc. was installed as Alberta’s 19th Lieutenant Governor in a ceremony that took place at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Read more
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August 27, 2020

The Assembly stands adjourned until October 26, 2020.

The second session of the 30th Legislative Assembly stands adjourned and will recommence on October 26, 2020. Read more
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The second session of the 30th Legislative Assembly stands adjourned and will recommence on October 26, 2020. A special sitting of the Assembly was held on August 27, 2020 to debate the Government of Alberta’s 2020-21 First Quarter Fiscal and Economic Update. Access the Bill Status report to see the legislation that was passed during the spring sitting.
August 6, 2020

Committee Invites Public Input on the Public Health Act

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EDMONTON – “Alberta’s Public Health Act is the legislation that provides the framework to protect Albertans by preventing injury, illness and premature death. The goal of the Act is to help Albertans live healthy lives,” said Nicholas Milliken, committee chair and MLA for CalgaryCurrie. “The goal of the Select Special Public Health Act Review Committee is to review the entire Act with emphasis on the part dealing with communicable diseases and public health emergencies.”

Most recently Albertans may have become aware of the Act as it relates to emergency powers provided in relation to the COVID-19 response. The general powers of the Act contribute to the bulk of the work for regular programming and services that enable the control of communicable diseases.

“Certainly, critical during public health emergencies, this Act also impacts the everyday lives of Albertans,” said Milliken. “We want to hear from Albertans to ensure the Act is allowing those governed by it to do their work as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

The Select Special Public Health Act Review Committee is inviting written submissions. Written submissions must be received by Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Please note that submissions and the names of submitters may be made public.

More information about the Public Health Act is available on the committee website assembly-business/committees/PHR. A web form is provided, and submissions may also be sent to PHARCommittee.Admin@assembly.ab.ca.

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Media inquiries:
Rhonda Sorensen, Manager of Corporate Communications
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Tel: 780.427.1653
Cell: 780.908.8360
E-mail: Rhonda.Sorensen@assembly.ab.ca

August 1, 2020

Legislature Building and the Visitor Centre reopened on August 1, 2020

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The Alberta Legislature Building and Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre reopened on August 1, 2020. Enhanced safety precautions are in place and prebooking is required for both guided tours of the Legislature Building as well as visits to the Visitor Centre.

Legislature Building:
To join a prebooked tour, please stop at the tent near the front steps of the Legislature Building. Access to the building, including Wheelchair access, is through the west entrance.


Visitor Centre:
Please prebook the visit. The Borealis Gallery and Pehonan Theatre are open, along with Capital Gifts, the new Legislative Assembly of Alberta gift shop. The Agora Interpretive Centre remains closed at this time.

Book reservations today.

The health and safety of Members, staff and visitors remains the Legislative Assembly’s top priority.

July 28, 2020

The Legislative Assembly stands adjourned until August 27, 2020.

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The second session of the 30th Legislative Assembly stands adjourned and will recommence on August 27, 2020. Access the Bill Status report to see the legislation that was passed during the spring sitting.

July 17, 2020

Public Health Act Review Committee seeks written submissions

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The Select Special Public Health Act Review Committee is seeking written submissions. Submissions may be made here or may be sent to: PHARCommittee.Admin@assembly.ab.ca. The deadline for submissions is August 25, 2020.

Please note that submissions and the names of submitters may be made public.

May 27, 2020

The Legislative Assembly resumed Wednesday, May 27 at 9 a.m.

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Increased staffing from all areas of the Legislative Assembly Office (LAO) are on-site to ensure that Members and the Assembly are provided adequate support as we resume a regular sitting schedule. Additional staff continue to work from home on a rotational basis.

May 1, 2020

2020 Canada Day at the Alberta Legislature Cancelled

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Edmonton - Canada Day at the Alberta Legislature will not take place in 2020 following last week’s announcement by the Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health that mass events for this summer are cancelled due to the pandemic.

“We know that celebrating Canada Day at the Legislature has been a meaningful tradition to thousands of families from across Alberta for many years,” said Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “The Legislative Assembly took this difficult decision as the health and safety of all of Members, staff, visitors and partners remains our top priority. We look forward to celebrating together again next year.”

Typically, the Canada Day at the Alberta Legislature event occurs on July 1, with programming inside the Alberta Legislature Building and throughout the Legislature Grounds. It is the largest Canada Day celebration in the province, drawing an average attendance of over 30,000 people each year. The Legislative Assembly of Alberta hosts and organizes the event.

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Media Contact:

Rhonda Sorensen Manager, Corporate Communications
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Phone: 780.908.8360
E-mail: Rhonda.Sorensen@assembly.ab.ca

March 19, 2020

Legislative Assembly Adjourns until March 20 at 10 a.m.

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Edmonton - Following discussions between the Government House Leader and Official Opposition House Leader, the Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta received notice pursuant to Government Motion 10 that the public interest requires the Assembly continue to stand adjourned until 10 a.m. March 20, 2020.

The Speaker’s office has also received written notice that the Assembly may sit on Friday, March 20, Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2020

Please refer to the March 17, 2020 Order Paper for more details about government motion 10.

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For more information contact:

Rhonda Sorensen, Manager of Corporate Communications
Office: 780.427.1653
Rhonda.Sorensen@assembly.ab.ca

March 12, 2020

Legislative Assembly of Alberta suspends Tours and Public Events

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Edmonton - The health and safety of our Members, staff and visitors is a top priority for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Following the most recent update by Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, a number of precautionary measures are being implemented.

All tours and public events are suspended and general public access to the Legislature Building and Edmonton Federal Building (EFB) is restricted.

We encourage people to watch the proceedings of the Assembly and its committees on Assembly Online or on Alberta Assembly TV [Channel 843 (Telus) 930 (Shaw) and 263 (Shaw BlueCurve)]. People can also continue to watch the Daily Routine including Oral Question Period on the Assembly’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels.

Additional updates will be sent out as the situation continues to develop.

For more information contact:

Rhonda Sorensen, Manager of Corporate Communications
Office: 780.427.1653
Rhonda.Sorensen@assembly.ab.ca

February 20, 2020

Second Session of 30th Legislature Opens with Throne Speech and New Ways to Watch Oral Question Period

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EDMONTON – Albertans can now watch Oral Question Period (OQP) on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Starting with the Throne Speech on February 25 and continuing with OQP at 1:30 p.m. throughout session, proceedings will be broadcast on the Legislative Assembly of Alberta’s social media channels.

“Albertans have a vested interest in the proceedings that take place in the Legislative Assembly Chamber as the important decisions made here can affect their daily lives,” said Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “I am pleased that Albertans have even more options for viewing the proceedings.”

Gavel-to-gavel coverage continues on Assembly TV and Assembly Online.

Tune in to your preferred viewing platform at 3 p.m. on February 25 as Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD delivers the Speech from the Throne to commence the Second Session of the 30th Legislature.

The opening day ceremony begins with a 15-gun salute on the south Legislature grounds, followed by an inspection of a quarter guard in the Legislature rotunda. The program will also feature performances by soprano Cara McLeod and the Royal Canadian Artillery Band.

Visit assembly.ab.ca for more information on how to watch the Assembly.

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Jeanette Dotimas, Communications Consultant
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Phone: 780.415.1839
E-mail: jeanette.dotimas@assembly.ab.ca

February 13, 2020

Celebrate 30 Years of Family Day in the Place Where it All Started, the Alberta Legislature

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EDMONTON – “Since 1990 Family Day has offered Albertans a special opportunity to step aside from the hustle and bustle of daily life and place focus on our most precious asset, our families,” said the Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “Family Day at the Legislature will offer history, crafts, games, magic shows, live music and more for all who wish to attend, but no matter where you find yourself on February 17, I hope you will take some time to celebrate family.”

Family Day at the Legislature: Monday, February 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s event offers a new way to discover historical sights and fun facts about Alberta while exploring the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre, the underground pedways and the Alberta Legislature Building with Family Day bingo. Helpful Heritage Interpreters will be stationed throughout the indoor event site to offer clues to guide visitors on their way.

Families are invited to find history around every corner as they explore the Alberta Legislature Building open house. Enjoy musical and magical entertainment by world-class performers, including CBC Kids’ star Will’s Jams! Try out some crafts, games and LEGO® activities. Visit the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre, and find free exhibitions and educational activities, including special screenings of Edmonton International Film Festival Family Shorts and storytime with Rocky the Ram. A variety of food vendors will also be on-site.

On Family Day visitors are encouraged to travel by LRT to Grandin/Government Centre. The Legislature Building and the Visitor Centre can be accessed by pedway from the Government Centre stop.

For full event programming and performance schedules please visit assembly.ab.ca.

Former Premier Don Getty introduced the Family Day Act in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in 1989. The annual statutory holiday officially came into force on February 19, 1990, instating the third Monday of February as Family Day. Alberta was the first province in Canada to pass legislation for the now widespread holiday. This year the Legislative Assembly marks the 30th anniversary of Family Day in Alberta.

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Media Inquiries:
Shannon Parke, Communications Officer
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Mobile: 780.996.6533
E-mail: shannon.parke@assembly.ab.ca

January 29, 2020

Black History Month Celebration at the Alberta Legislature

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Edmonton – A celebration of Black History Month will take place in the Legislature rotunda on Monday, February 3, beginning at 6 p.m.

“During Black History Month and every day we honour black Albertans who were trailblazers and pioneers along with today’s community organizers, health care professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, educators, labourers, legislators and everyone in between and beyond,” said Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “Their hard-earned achievements leave a strong and meaningful legacy in place for future generations.”

The program will include remarks by Speaker Cooper, who will host the event, Honourable Kaycee Madu, MLA for Edmonton-South West and Minister of Municipal Affairs, on behalf of the Premier of Alberta and Mr. David Shepherd, MLA for Edmonton-City Centre, on behalf of the Leader of the Official Opposition.

Black History Month at the Alberta Legislature will feature musical performances by Light Vocal Ensemble, Shalice Simpson and Tatyanna Perry, spoken word by Dwennimmen and a community address delivered by Dr. Malinda Smith.

Black History Month at the Alberta Legislature is open to everyone.

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Media inquiries:

Jeanette Dotimas
Communications Consultant
Mobile: 780.862.6362
Jeanette.Dotimas@assembly.ab.ca

December 9, 2019

Former Speaker Robert E. Wanner Legislature Portrait Unveiled

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Edmonton, AB - The official Legislature portrait of the Honourable Robert E. Wanner, 13th Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, was unveiled this morning during a ceremony in the Legislature rotunda.

“With his meaningful work in social services and his personal dedication to community development, Speaker Wanner was able to bring a unique perspective to the role of Speaker” said Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “His insight enabled him to perform the role admirably.”

After becoming a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in May 2015, Wanner was elected as Speaker in June 2015 and served until May 2019. He was chair of the Special Standing Committee on Members' Services and president of the Alberta branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

During a 35-year career with the city of Medicine Hat he held various positions, including director of preventive social services, director of administration and planning for the police service and superintendent of social planning and housing. In 1995 he was appointed to executive leadership as the public services commissioner.

Wanner is a registered social worker, qualified mediator and registered family mediator. He has over 40 years of community service experience and cofounded Canadians Reaching Out to the World's Children Foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable children in Medicine Hat and around the world.

Speaker Wanner’s official Legislature portrait was painted by Joe Versikaitis. An artist for 25 years specializing in sports portraiture, Versikaitis has painted images of professional athletes from hockey hall of famers to international soccer stars. His painting of Brazilian soccer player Neymar Jr. was honoured in the Federation of Canadian Artists 2015 national open competition and in 2016-17 Versikaitis’ work was exhibited in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. He is originally from Venezuela and now resides in Calgary.

Speaker Wanner’s Legislature portrait will be placed with the collection on permanent display on the fourth floor of the Alberta Legislature Building. A photo of the portrait is available on the Assembly Flickr page.

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Jeanette Dotimas, Communications Consultant
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Mobile: 780.862.6362
E-mail: Jeanette.Dotimas@assembly.ab.ca

December 4, 2019

Alberta MLAs Recognized by Colleagues for Their Service

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Edmonton – “Unlike most professions, there is not a job description for Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta,” said Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “The role is as unique as it is diverse. As elected officials serving in the 30th Legislature the work done in the Chamber, in committees and within the 87 constituencies across Alberta is both challenging and rewarding and, I feel, deserves some recognition.”

In the spirit of collegial recognition, Speaker Cooper initiated the 2019 Alberta MLA awards to give Members a chance to vote for their colleagues in a number of categories. The votes are in with nine Members being recognized for extraordinary work in service of the people of Alberta.

“I thank all Members for their service,” said Speaker Cooper. “Congratulations to those who are receiving special recognition from their peers today.”

Taking top honours as Alberta’s MLA of the Year is the honourable Travis Toews, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance. Toews represents the constituency of Grande Prairie-Wapiti. Before being elected in April, Toews worked as a managing director and coowner of a corporate family cattle ranching operation and an oil field environmental company. With a CPA, CMA accounting designation and extensive public practice, Toews was sworn in as President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance on April 30, 2019.

West Yellowhead MLA, Martin Long was voted Alberta’s Most Collegial MLA. Prior to being elected in April, Long worked in the newsprint industry and served his community as board chair of the Tennille’s Hope Kommunity Soup Kitchen in Whitecourt and as a youth leader with the Whitecourt Baptist church.

Shane Getson, MLA for Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland, was recognized as the Best Debater. As a father of four Getson likely had a lot of practice debating before he was first elected in April. Prior to beginning his career in public service, Getson spent 15 years in the construction industry and as a senior manager in the energy sector.

Recognized for Best Community Outreach was MLA Janis Irwin. Before being elected in April as the Member representing Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood, Irwin had devoted over a decade to the education field. She has served as a board member for several nonprofit associations, including the Somali Canadian Women and Children Association, the Highlands Historical Society Edmonton, and Arts on the Ave. She has also volunteered with a number of organizations, including the Boyle McCauley News, Homeward Trust and the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers.

Named Alberta’s Most Knowledgeable Parliamentarian was Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees, Angela Pitt. Pitt is currently serving her second term as the MLA representing Airdrie-East. She has served on many Legislative Assembly committees during her time as an elected official. Before that, she was a small business owner in Airdrie and an active community volunteer.

Nate Horner received top marks with his colleagues as Alberta’s Best Representative of Constituents. Before he was elected to represent the people of Drumheller-Stettler, Horner was a rancher with a cow-calf mixed farm operation. He was also an active community volunteer serving as an emergency medical responder for Dryland Emergency Medical Services Association, president of the Highway 9 Feeder Co-op Association and co-chair of the Hardgrass Bronc Match.

Members voted Tracy Allard as Alberta’s Hardest Working MLA. Allard was elected in April as the representative for Grande Prairie. Prior to becoming an MLA Allard was a franchise business owner and active community member. She served as a director with the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation. She was board president of the Grande Prairie Boys’ Choir and sat on the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation Capital Cabinet.

Recognized by her peers as the Most Promising Newcomer was the Honourable Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Community and Social Services. Before she was elected as Member for Calgary-North East in April, Sawhney held senior positions in the oil and gas industry. As well, Sawhney served as the senior vice-president of the Sikh Society of Calgary and director of its Guru Nanak Punjabi School. She is a recipient of the Canada 150 award bestowed by YW Calgary in 2007.

Alberta’s MLA Lifetime Achievement Award went to David Eggen. Eggen first served as the Member for Edmonton-Calder from 2004 to 2008. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2015. In April of 2019, Eggen was again elected to represent the constituency of Edmonton-North West. Over the years he has served as Minister of Education and as Minister of Culture and Tourism and has been an active member of numerous committees of the Legislative Assembly. In addition to his many contribution as an MLA and in the education and health industries, Eggen is a trustee with the Forum for Young Albertans and a chair leader of the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Alberta.

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Media inquiries:
Lianne Bell, Chief of Staff
Office of the Speaker
Lianne.Bell@assembly.ab.ca

November 29, 2019

Legislative Assembly of Alberta Recognizes International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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EDMONTON –– “All Albertans have the right to dignity and to participate fully in our society, yet persons with disabilities continue to face discrimination and significant barriers to inclusion,” said Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly. “Each of us can make a difference in the lives of others by helping to eliminate stigma, recognizing the diverse abilities of all people and contributing to a society that supports the full personal and professional development of all.”

On December 3 the Legislative Assembly of Alberta will recognize the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day that promotes the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 12:15 p.m.
Legislature Rotunda

The Legislature Building is wheelchair accessible. An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter and Communications Access Realtime Translation (CART) captioner will be available for this public event.

Remarks will be made by both the Government and the Official Opposition.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations’ General Assembly. To find out more about this day go to https://www.un.org/en/observances/day-of-persons-with-disabilities.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES:

Tracey Sales, Communications Consultant
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
780.415.9584tracey.sales@assembly.ab.ca

November 15, 2019

Legislative Assembly Commemorates 11th Annual Holodomor Remembrance

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Edmonton – “Holodomor was the horrific man-made famine in the Soviet Ukraine, and it is remembered as one of the darkest periods in human history,” said Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “Through the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act we join the people of Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora around the world in remembering the victims of this terrible tragedy, and our commemoration gives voices to their stories.”

Speaker Cooper will host a ceremony in the Legislature rotunda on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, beginning at 12:15 p.m. to mark the 11th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act.

Remarks will be delivered by:

  • Honourable Tyler Shandro, MLA for Calgary-Acadia, on behalf of the Premier of Alberta
  • Mr. Deron Bilous, MLA for Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview, on behalf of the Leader of the Official Opposition
  • Orysia Boychuk, President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Alberta Provincial Council

There will be a guest speaker, Mr. Mr. Volodymyr Vyatrovych, choir performances by students from St. Martin’s Catholic school and St. Matthew Catholic school, followed by a candle lighting and prayer.

The Holodomor was a government-imposed famine in the Ukrainian SSR, where 10 million people died of starvation from 1932 to 1933. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta’s Bill 37, Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act. The Act proclaims the fourth Saturday in November of each year as a day of Holodomor remembrance in Alberta, which is home to over 345,000 persons of Ukrainian ancestry.

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Media inquiries: Jeanette Dotimas
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Mobile: 780.862.6362
Jeanette.Dotimas@assembly.ab.ca

November 5, 2019

Service of Remembrance at the Alberta Legislature

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EDMONTON – “Time and time again our Armed Forces have stood up as advocates of peace and defenders of human rights, freedom and justice,” said the Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “I encourage all Albertans to take the time to pause and honour the courage and sacrifice of those who have served and who continue to serve our nation with such bravery.”

On Thursday, November 7, 2019, Speaker Cooper will host a service of remembrance at 11 a.m. in the Legislature rotunda. The ceremony will recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by those who served with the Canadian Armed Forces and honour those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The service is open to the public and will include participation by members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party, the South Alberta Light Horse, Lord Strathcona’s Horse and the Salvation Army. Wreaths will be laid on behalf of Members of the Legislative Assembly, Royal Canadian Legion, Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, Alberta Union of Provincial Employees and the youth of Alberta.

The program will include remarks by:

  • Honourable Nathan Cooper, MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
  • Honourable Jason Kenney, MLA, Premier of Alberta
  • Rachel Notley, MLA, Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition
  • Byung-won Chung, Consul General of the Republic of Korea
  • Major Margaret McLeod, Salvation Army

The remembrance service will also include performances by the Salvation Army’s Edmonton Temple Band with Pipe Major David Trew and the Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus. Legislative Assembly Page Lily Semonis will read the poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrae.

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Media Inquiries:
Shannon Parke, Communications Officer
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Phone: 780.996.6533
E-mail: shannon.parke@assembly.ab.ca

October 18, 2019

Albertans Invited to Discuss the Heritage Fund

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The Legislative Assembly of Alberta’s Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund invites all Albertans to its annual public meeting to discuss the Heritage Fund. Members of the public can attend the meeting in person on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 7 p.m., 2nd Floor, Edmonton Federal Building, 9820 – 107 Street. Albertans can also participate by watching live on Alberta Assembly TV or online at assembly.ab.ca or by visiting the Legislative Assembly social media channels for live stream options.

“We invite all Albertans to join the conversation. The Fund is an investment in our province’s future, so it is important that Albertans know how it is managed and how it is performing,” said Ronald Orr, MLA for Lacombe-Ponoka and Chair of the Committee.

“The public meeting is an opportunity to have an in-depth conversation with Albertans about the status and future of their Fund. The Committee looks forward to engaging with people from across the province about Alberta’s main long-term savings fund and its relevance both now and for future generations.”

Live Question and Answer Session
The meeting will include an update on the Fund’s performance by experts from Alberta Treasury Board and Finance and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) and will be followed by a question and answer session, where Albertans can pose questions to the Committee and officials in person through social media (Facebook @LegAssemblyofAB and Twitter using #abheritagefund) or via e-mail (committees@assembly.ab.ca).

About the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund
For more than 40 years the Heritage Fund has been invested with the aim to deliver the greatest financial returns for Alberta. The Fund earned a net income of $937 million for the year ended March 31, 2019, achieving an 8 per cent rate of return. The net assets held in the Fund totalled $18.2 billion at fair value. The investment breakdown includes 42.3 per cent in equities, 19.1 per cent in fixed income and money market and 37.6 per cent in inflation-sensitive and alternative investments.

About the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund
This nine-member Committee of the Legislative Assembly approves the annual report, reviews the quarterly reports on the Fund and holds public meetings with Albertans on its investment activities and performance. The all-party Committee also reports back to the Legislative Assembly on whether the mission of the Fund is being fulfilled. Visit the Committee website for more information: assembly.ab.ca/assembly-business/committees/HS.

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Contact

Janet Laurie, Communications Consultant
Mobile: 780.288.8069
E-mail: janet.laurie@assembly.ab.ca

Danielle Antoniuk, Communications Consultant
Mobile: 780.886.5637
E-mail: danielle.antoniuk@assembly.ab.ca

September 9, 2019

Legislative Assembly of Alberta Invites Albertans to sing O Canada

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Edmonton – Calling all Alberta choir singers – whether you sing in a school choir, a community choir, church choir or seniors choir, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta is inviting you to put your name forward to lead the singing of our national anthem in the Assembly during the fall session.

“The legislature is the people’s house and we want to give Albertans passionate about sharing their voice an opportunity,” said Cooper. “I encourage Albertans to let us know if they are interested in singing O Canada to help MLAs begin the important work they do every week.”

During session, the 87 Members of the Assembly are led in the singing of O Canada every Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Traditionally the song has been led by an anthem singer but this fall the Assembly hopes to see more community participants lend their voices to this important task.

Singers who would like to put their name(s) forward can contact the Speaker’s Office by email at officeofthespeaker@assembly.ab.ca

Speaker Cooper invites Albertans to sing O Canada – YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHsaHD2TYXM&feature=youtu.be

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For media inquiries and more information:

Rhonda Sorensen
Manager, Corporate Communications
Phone: 780.427.1653
Rhonda.Sorensen@assembly.ab.ca

August 19, 2019

Legislative Assembly of Alberta Commemorates Black Ribbon Day on August 23

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EDMONTON – “Throughout our collective history millions of people around the world have suffered at the hands of totalitarian regimes,” said Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “On Black Ribbon Day we remember the European victims of Stalinism and Nazism, and we remain committed to upholding democracy and the protection of universal human rights and freedoms.”

Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees, Mrs. Angela Pitt, will host a public ceremony on Friday, August 23, 2019, at noon in the Legislature rotunda to recognize Black Ribbon Day. Remarks will be delivered by the Honourable Kaycee Madu, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and the Official Opposition. Also speaking will be Oleksandr Danyleiko, Consul General of Ukraine; Dr. Gergely Bodnar, Consul, Embassy of Hungary; John Szumlas, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland (Northern Alberta); Anna Szenthe, Canadian Regional President, Hungarian Diaspora Council; John Tomczak, National President, Canadian Polish Congress; and Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz, President, Ukrainian Canadian Congress (Alberta). Alexander Szenthe, Honorary Consul of Hungary; and Zygmunt Potocki, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland (Southern Alberta), will also be in attendance.

The commemoration will include an invocation by Father Adam Lech, Moderator of the Curia with the Archdiocese of Edmonton, and a performance by violinist Maya Budzinski.

Black Ribbon Day was declared a national day of remembrance by the Parliament of Canada on November 30, 2009. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, which led to the occupation of numerous eastern and central European nations and the victimization of millions of people. It also contributed to the start of the Second World War.

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Tracey Sales, Communications Consultant
Phone: 780.415.9584
E-mail: tracey.sales@assembly.ab.ca

July 24, 2019

Standing Committee Invites Input as it Reviews Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act

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Edmonton – The Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship is undertaking a review of the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act, which enables, and establishes guidelines respecting, the public disclosure of the annual compensation of employees of the Government of Alberta and members and employees of public agencies and other public-sector bodies in Alberta.

The Committee began its review of the Act on July 22, 2019, and a final report from the Committee to the Legislative Assembly is required within six months of that date.

The Committee invites written submissions by September 9, 2019.

Submissions can be made by e-mail: ResourceStewardship.Committee@assembly.ab.ca or by mail to the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship, c/o Committee Clerk, 3rd Floor, 9820-107th Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 1E7.

It is important to note that submissions and the identities of authors may be made public.

More information about the Committee’s mandate and the Act may be found at: assembly.ab.ca/assembly-business/committees/RS

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Contact
Jeanette Dotimas, Communications Consultant
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
E-mail: Jeanette.Dotimas@assembly.ab.ca
Phone: 780.415.1839

June 25, 2019

Celebrate Canada Day at the Alberta Legislature

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EDMONTON – The biggest Canada Day party in the province is at the Alberta Legislature, and everyone is invited! On July 1 visitors will explore history, culture, powerful and thoughtprovoking exhibitions, educational and interactive spaces and discover free all-ages music and dance entertainment from noon to 9 p.m.

“I invite all Albertans to spend Canada Day at the Alberta Legislature for history, culture and free family entertainment,” said the Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “What better place to celebrate heritage and pride in our nation than at our province’s centre of democracy! Here visitors will learn about the Legislative Assembly in dynamic and interactive ways and walk the floor of the Chamber, where their provincial representatives work.”

CANADA DAY PROGRAMMING

Welcome Ceremony (Noon to 12:30 p.m.)
The celebrations kick off at noon on the front steps of the Legislature Building, with welcome remarks by Speaker Cooper, the singing of O Canada by soprano Cara Lianne McLeod and words from our province’s leaders. It will close with a performance by celebrated three-time world champion hoop dancer and electronic dance music producer Dallas Arcand (DJ KZK).

Legislature Building Open House (12:30 to 5 p.m.)
The Alberta Legislature Building will be open for visitors to enjoy the iconic architecture, experience the acoustic phenomenon known as the “magic spot”, visit the Legislature Library to see the famous 50-year-old Legislature hamburger and walk the Chamber floor, an honour reserved for visitors only on Canada Day.

Alberta Family Fun Zone (12:30 to 5 p.m.)
The Alberta Family Fun Zone on the south grounds will bustle with the activity of roving performers, circus activities, crafts, Indigenous interpretive experiences and more.

Alberta Diversity Stage (1 to 5 p.m.)
The Alberta Diversity stage will be located at the Legislature’s south bandshell and highlight the richness of our province’s cultural landscape through a variety of dance performances featuring the quick steps of La Girandole, the thoughtful interpretations of Kehewin Native Dance Theatre and more.

Alberta Discovered Stage (12:30 to 9 p.m.)
The Alberta Discovered stage, located on Capital Plaza, will present some of Alberta’s best music, including the blues of Kat Dancer, the African rhythms of Mbira Renaissance Band and the gritty country sounds of event headliner The Dungarees to name a few.

Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
The Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre, on Capital Plaza, features the Agora Interpretive Centre, where kids of all ages can dress up like the Speaker or the Sergeant-at-Arms and learn about active citizenship; the Alberta Branded store, which focuses on Alberta-made wares and currently features works from 10 Alberta artists in the showcase Influence/Confluence; the Pehonan Theatre, offering the 4-D Our People Our Province; and the Borealis Gallery, which is currently showing Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools, a travelling exhibition by the Legacy of Hope Foundation about the history and consequences of the residential school system on indigenous communities.

GETTING TO THE ALBERTA LEGISLATURE GROUNDS
Public transportation is recommended as parking will not be available near the Legislature Grounds. A free bicycle lock up, located off 107th Street, will be available courtesy of the Bike Edmonton Society.

For additional event details please visit assembly.ab.ca/visit/events/canada-day.

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Tracey Sales
Communications Consultant
Legislative Assembly Office
Mobile: 780.862.6446
E-mail: tracey.sales@assembly.ab.ca

Janet Laurie
Communications Consultant
Legislative Assembly Office
Mobile: 780.288.8069
E-mail: janet.laurie@assembly.ab.ca

May 24, 2019

New Clerk of Legislative Assembly of Alberta appointed

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EDMONTON, AB (May 23, 2019): The Honourable Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Shannon Dean to serve as the 9th Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, effective immediately.

“Ms. Dean has served the Legislative Assembly of Alberta honourably for more than two decades as an expert on parliamentary law and procedure. She brings a wealth of executive management experience in the Legislative Assembly Office, recently serving as Acting Clerk of the Assembly. I am confident that Ms. Dean’s record of leadership will continue in her new role as Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta,” said Speaker Cooper.

The Clerk is the chief executive officer of the Legislative Assembly and has authority and responsibility equivalent to that of a deputy minister of a government department. Under the direction of the Speaker, the Clerk has both procedural and managerial responsibilities.

Ms. Dean received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta in 1987 before moving on to Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and was admitted to the Bar of the Province of Alberta in 1992. Ms. Dean began her service as Parliamentary Counsel with the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in 1996 and became Senior Parliamentary Counsel in 2000. In 2011, Ms. Dean was named Director of House Services in addition to Senior Parliamentary Counsel and in 2016 she became what is now known as Law Clerk and Executive Director of House Services for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. In this role, Ms. Dean served as chief legal advisor to the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta while bringing extensive management experience to the Legislative Assembly Office Leadership Team. In 2018, Ms. Dean was named Acting Clerk – Procedure and Law Clerk and Executive Director of House Services for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

“Ms. Dean is eminently qualified to lead the Legislative Assembly Office and I am honoured to appoint her as the first female clerk in Alberta’s history.” Speaker Cooper said. “I would also like to thank Mr. Merwan Saher for his service as the 8th Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Mr. Saher served during a time of great transition and for this we are grateful.”

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Lianne Bell Chief of Staff, Speaker’s Office
Office: 780.427.2464
lianne.bell@assembly.ab.ca

May 21, 2019

New Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta elected

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EDMONTON – The Honourable Nathan Cooper was elected May 21, 2019, by his fellow MLAs to serve as the 14th Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

Speaker Cooper was first elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on May 5, 2015 and again on April 16, 2019 representing the constituency of Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills. He has served on several committees of the Legislative Assembly since he was first elected. He is an active community member and is also the proud father of three.

“Elected by the Members of the Assembly, the Speaker has a unique role maintaining order during the debates in the Chamber and ensuring that the rules set out in the Standing Orders are followed,” said Merwan Saher, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “The Speaker also serves an administrative role as the head of the Legislative Assembly Office.”

“I am certain that Speaker Cooper, will excel in ensuring the Members of the Assembly have the tools and resources needed to fulfil their roles as elected representatives of the people of Alberta,” said Saher. “He brings a strong procedural knowledge to this prestigious role.”

Also elected to serve as presiding officers in the Assembly were Angela Pitt as Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees and Nicholas Milliken as Deputy Chair of Committees.

Mrs. Pitt is also serving her second term as an MLA representing Airdrie-East. She was previously a small business owner in Airdrie and an active volunteer in her community where she and her family reside.

Mr. Milliken, also an active community member and family man, was elected to his first term April 16, 2019 as the representative for Calgary-Currie.

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Rhonda Sorensen, Manager of Corporate Communications
780.427.1653
Rhonda.Sorensen@assembly.ab.ca

May 13, 2019

Exhibition Exploring the History and Effects of Canada’s Residential School System Opens at Borealis Gallery on May 16

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EDMONTON, AB – “For far too long the painful story of Residential Schools went untold and countless Survivors quietly suffered. Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools draws much-needed attention to a Canadian tragedy,” said Hon. Robert A. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “Through the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre we aim to educate Albertans on not only parliament and democracy but also significant historical and cultural issues. Education leads to understanding, and in that spirit I encourage all Albertans to visit this exhibition.”

The exhibition aims to assist with the healing and understanding required for reconciliation and provides a wide range of perspectives, from stories about the children who never returned home to contemporary Indigenous role models. Through Survivor stories and archival photographs and documents the exhibition covers over 125 years of history, transitioning from a child leaving home to arriving at school and participating in class activities.

This powerful travelling exhibition explores the damaging effects that the nationally run Residential School System, operating in Canada between 1831 and 1996, has had on Indigenous communities. The schools have been recognized as a deliberate attempt to assimilate Indigenous children with a view to eradicating the culture, language and way of life of all Indigenous peoples. This tragedy has been described by many as cultural genocide.

Iroquois artist Jeff Thomas curated this exhibition, which was created by the Legacy of Hope Foundation, an Indigenous-led charitable organization with the exclusive goal of educating and raising awareness about Canada’s Residential School System, in partnership with Library and Archives Canada and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.

Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools will show at the Borealis Gallery from May 16 to September 2. The Borealis Gallery is located in the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre on the main floor of the Edmonton Federal Building. For further information please visit: assembly.ab.ca/visit/visitor-centre/borealis-gallery.

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Media Inquiries:
Tracey Sales, Communications Consultant
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Tel: 780.415.9584 I E-mail: tracey.sales@assembly.ab.ca

March 18, 2019

Original Artwork by Alex Janvier Installed in Legislative Assembly Chamber

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Edmonton – This morning the Honourable Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, unveiled original works of art by renowned Indigenous artist Alex Janvier, CM, AOE, RCA, LLD (Hon). The diptych, entitled Sunrise and Sunset, was donated by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE), and will be permanently installed in the Legislative Assembly Chamber.

Sunrise and Sunset will be welcome additions to the Legislative Assembly Chamber.These stunning works of art by Alex Janvier will forever honour the past and present contributions of Indigenous peoples to our province, and serve as reminders to all Members of the Legislative Assembly that we must never lose sight of our ultimate duty, which is to ensure the decisions we make on behalf of our constituents create positive and meaningful change in the lives of all Albertans presently and for generations to come,” said Speaker Wanner.

The ceremony, which was witnessed by Indigenous elders and leaders from across the province, included an Honour Song by drummer Rocky Morin followed by an opening prayer by Métis Knowledge Keeper Norma Spicer and Cree Elder Bob Cardinal, with a smudging by Hunter and Jacquelyn Cardinal.

Remarks were brought by:

  • Honourable Robert E. Wanner, Speaker
  • Her Honour the Honourable Lois Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor
  • The Office of the Premier
  • The Official Opposition
  • The Alberta Party Opposition
  • Mr. Guy Smith, AUPE President
  • Mr. Alex Janvier, CM, AOE, RCA, LLD (Hon)

The event closed with a performance by Métis Fiddler Brianna Lizotte.

A private traditional blessing took place in the Legislative Assembly Chamber on Sunday, March 17, 2018.

A Denesuline from Cold Lake First Nations, Janvier has been a professional artist for several decades. He is renowned for his unique abstract style, which features distinct curved lines and bright colour combinations. His murals adorn many public buildings, including the Canadian Museum of History and Sherwood Park’s County Hall.

Numerous galleries have exhibited Janvier’s paintings, both nationally and internationally. In 2012, the Art Gallery of Alberta hosted a major exhibition comprising over 90 paintings, and between 2016 and 2018 his art was shown in a travelling exhibition curated by the National Gallery of Canada.

Janvier is the recipient of the Order of Canada, the Governor General’s award in visual and media arts and the National Aboriginal Lifetime Achievement award. In 2008 he was honoured with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Marion Nicoll visual arts award, and in 2010 he was invested into the Alberta Order of Excellence.

Photos of the artwork are located on flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/legassemblyofab/ 

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For media inquiries and more information:

Tracey Sales
Communications Consultant
Mobile: 780.862.6446
tracey.sales@assembly.ab.ca

Alex McCuaig, Chief of Staff to the Speaker
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Office: 780.427.2464
Alex.McCuaig@assembly.ab.ca

March 14, 2019

Fifth Session Opens March 18 with Speech from the Throne

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EDMONTON – “Decisions made in the Legislative Assembly impact the day-to-day lives of everyone who calls this province home,” said Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “I invite all Albertans to watch live as our Lieutenant Governor opens the Fifth Session of the 29th Legislature on March 18.”

Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD, will deliver the Speech from the Throne on Monday, March 18, 2019, at 3 p.m. Albertans can watch the proceedings live at assembly.ab.ca or through Assembly TV: on channel 843 on TELUS, channel 930 on Shaw cable and channel 263 on BlueSky.

The ceremony begins with a 15-gun salute on the South Legislature Grounds, followed by an inspection of a quarter guard in the Legislature rotunda. The event will also feature performances by soprano Cara Lianne McLeod and The Royal Canadian Artillery Band.

Proceedings are broadcast live Monday to Thursday during session and streamed at assembly.ab.ca. Closed captioning is provided for both. The gallery is open to the public during regular Assembly business. Albertans who would like to watch session in person at the Alberta Legislature Building are encouraged to book ahead to ensure availability. Assisted-listening devices can be supplied, and arrangements for an ASL interpreter can be made to support visitors in the public galleries.

During the Fourth Session the Assembly sat for 338 hours over the course of 60 days, considering 32 government Bills and 11 private Members’ public Bills.

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Tracey Sales, Communications Consultant
Legislative Assembly Office
780.415.9584
E-mail: tracey.sales@assembly.ab.ca

Alex McCuaig, Chief of Staff to the Speaker
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
780.427.2464
E-mail: alex.mccuaig@assembly.ab.ca

February 14, 2019

New Clerk of Legislative Assembly of Alberta appointed

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EDMONTON – The Honourable Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Merwan Saher to serve as the 8th Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, effective February 14, 2019.

“Mr. Saher is a long serving and dedicated Alberta public servant who served the Office of the Auditor General with distinction during a nearly four decade span. His history and record of constructive leadership along with a commitment to the public service will ensure the future of the Legislative Assembly Office’s mission to provide nonpartisan parliamentary support and exemplary service,” said Speaker Wanner.

The Clerk is the chief executive officer of the Legislative Assembly and has authority and responsibility equivalent to that of a deputy minister of a government department. Under the direction of the Speaker, the Clerk has both procedural and managerial responsibilities.

Mr. Saher was educated in England and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1972 and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 1982. In 2012, he was made a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Alberta. In 1980, his career as a legislative auditor began at Alberta’s Office of the Auditor General where he performed in various roles.

Mr. Saher was appointed Auditor General of Alberta in 2010 and his eight-year term ended in April 2018. In May 2018, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from CPA Alberta.

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Alex McCuaig,
Chief of Staff, Speaker’s Office
Office: 780.427.2464
alex.mccuaig@assembly.ab.ca

February 13, 2019

Albertans Invited to Mark 30 Years of Family Day in the Place Where It All Began

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EDMONTON – “I think it is fair to say that for most of us family comes first,” said the Honourable Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “It was 30 years ago that the Legislative Assembly of Alberta passed the Family Day Act, becoming the first province in Canada to pass legislation for the now widespread holiday. A year later the first event in honour of families was held at the Legislature, a tradition we continue to this day. I invite Albertans to continue the tradition by participating in our celebrations on February 18 and, more importantly, by reflecting on the crucial role our families play in our lives and in building vibrant communities.”

Family Day at the Legislature: Monday, February 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be so much to see and do on Family Day at the Legislature. Whether families choose to get lost in the excitement of a history hunt in the iconic Legislature Building or to sing along with the musical stylings of Rattle and Strum at the Edmonton Federal Building, all activities are indoors, all ages and free.

Our brand of family fun will have kids marching to the tune of Dan the One Man Band, mesmerized by Ron Pearson’s magical sleight of hand and reveling in the carnival atmosphere, which will include a variety of games as well as snacks for purchase. Storytime with Rocky the Ram and the Lego® Zone will offer a reprieve from the hustle and bustle for those who enjoy a more relaxing pace, and the Neat Photo Booth will help visitors capture lasting memories.

The Pehonan Theatre will present Our People Our Province, an immersive 4-D journey through Alberta’s history. The Agora Interpretive Centre will offer hands-on multimedia activities for all ages, and the Borealis Gallery will present Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs, which highlights the role crafting has played in community building in Canada. As well, visitors are invited to experience the new showcase in Alberta Branded, Influence/Confluence, a coming together of diverse works of art by 10 Alberta artists.

Visitors on Family Day are encouraged to travel by LRT to Grandin/Government Centre. The Legislature Building and the Visitor Centre can be accessed by pedway from the Government Centre stop, ensuring travelers stay warm while in transit.

For more information visit assembly.ab.ca.

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Tracey Sales, Communications Consultant
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Mobile: 780.862.6446
E-mail: tracey.sales@assembly.ab.ca

Alex McCuaig, Chief of Staff to the Speaker
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Mobile: 780.427.2464
E-mail: alex.mccuaig@assembly.ab.ca

February 8, 2019

Standing Committee Asks for Input into Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act

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Edmonton – The Standing Committee on Families and Communities is reviewing the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act, which enables and establishes guidelines respecting the public disclosure of the annual compensation of employees of the Government of Alberta and members and employees of public agencies and other public-sector bodies in Alberta.

This will be the first review of the legislation since it came into force in 2015, and as part of its consideration the committee is inviting input from interested parties. Written submissions concerning the Act can be e-mailed to FamiliesCommunities.Committee@assembly.ab.ca or mailed to the Standing Committee on Families and Communities, c/o Committee Clerk, 3rd Floor, 9820-107th Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 1E7.

The deadline for providing a submission is March 5, 2019. It is important to note that submissions and the identities of authors may be made public. Details on the submission process and information on the legislation can be found at assembly.ab.ca/assembly-business/committees/FC

The Standing Committee on Families and Communities comprises 15 Members of the Legislative Assembly. On December 4, 2018, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta referred the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act review to the committee. The Committee began its review on December 20, 2018, and must submit its report to the Assembly within six months of this date.

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Tracey Sales, Communications Consultant
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Phone: 780.415.9584
E-mail: tracey.sales@assembly.ab.ca

February 1, 2019

Legislative Assembly of Alberta Celebrates Black History Month

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Edmonton – Honourable Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, will host a celebration of Black History Month in the Legislature rotunda on Monday, February 4, at 6 p.m.

“Recognizing Black History Month is an important part of understanding human rights and acknowledging the accomplishments and continuing contributions made by black Albertans to the betterment of our province,” said Speaker Wanner. Remarks will be delivered by:

  • Mr. David Shepherd, MLA, on behalf of the Premier of Alberta
  • Honourable Jason Kenney, MLA, Leader of the Official Opposition
  • Mr. Rick Fraser, MLA, Leader of the Alberta Party Caucus
  • Mr. Muru Khamisi, Community Advocate

The celebration of Black History Month at the Alberta Legislature is open to the public and will feature performances by musicians MelAfrique and spoken word artist Yusra Ali. The Africa Centre Club children’s choir will lead in the singing of the national anthem.

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For media inquiries and more information:

Jeanette Dotimas
Communications Consultant
Mobile: 780.862.6362
Jeanette.Dotimas@assembly.ab.ca

Alex McCuaig, Chief of Staff to the Speaker
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Office: 780.427.2464
Alex.McCuaig@assembly.ab.ca

January 6, 2019

Speaker Wanner issued the following statement on the passing of former Speaker Gene Zwozdesky

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Edmonton – On behalf of the Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Hon. Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, offers sincere condolences to the family of Hon. Gene Zwozdesky, former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

“It was with great sadness that I learned of Mr. Zwozdesky’s passing. Anyone who ever met him knows that Gene Zwozdesky was a force of energy who lived every moment to its fullest. He cared deeply about his family, his community and his province. With a distinguished public service career spanning more than 20 years, his never-ending zest for life makes his passing seem almost surreal,” said Wanner.

On April 23, 2012, Gene Zwozdesky was elected to his sixth term as the MLA for Edmonton-Mill Creek. He was elected as the 12th Speaker of the Legislative Assembly on May 23, 2012.

Before becoming an MLA, Mr. Zwozdesky worked as a teacher, administrator, professional musician and business owner. He was also the Executive Director of the Alberta Cultural Heritage Foundation and of the Alberta Ukrainian Canadian Centennial Commission, as well as Music Director for the Shumka Dancers and Cheremosh Dancers. Following his time at the Alberta Legislature, Mr. Zwozdesky continued to show dedication and leadership through his involvement with the Alberta Association of Former MLAs.

“While I did not have the pleasure of working directly with Mr. Zwozdesky, I can speak to his undeniable commitment and his legendary charisma,” said Wanner. “I was so appreciative of his advice and assistance during the transition into my role as Speaker.”

“On behalf of all Members of the 29th Legislature, I extend my deepest sympathies to his loved ones and to the many people he impacted throughout his life and career.”

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Alex McCuaig, Chief of Staff to the Speaker
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Office: 780.427.2464
Alex.McCuaig@assembly.ab.ca

Rhonda Sorensen, Manager of Corporate Communications
Office: 780.427.1653
Rhonda.Sorensen@assembly.ab.ca