March 14, 2019
Fifth Session Opens March 18 with Speech from the Throne
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
Alex McCuaig, Chief of Staff to the Speaker
Legislative Assembly of Alberta