Our government has been working tirelessly to protect lives and livelihoods amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
We just wrapped up the spring-summer sitting of the Legislature. In total, we sat for 52 days in 2020 – more than any other Legislature in Canada, including Federal Parliament.
We passed 34 government bills and one private member’s bill – all designed to help make Alberta an even better place to live, work, raise a family or start a business.
A personal highlight for me this session was announcing funding to complete the Terwillegar Drive expansion in southwest Edmonton – a project that will create 860 good jobs for Albertans.
As a parent who drives Terwillegar Drive each and every day – I know how badly this project was needed for families and businesses in Alberta’s capital city. I look forward to seeing work get underway on this $120 million effort very soon.
Another highlight was helping to secure Edmonton as a hub city for the NHL’s western conference playoffs and Stanley Cup finals. This decision will add $40 million to Alberta’s GDP and create 1,500 good jobs. Let it be know that the NHL was only in a position to make this decision because of the sacrifices and efforts of you – the people – who have done so much to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Edmonton is the greatest hockey city in the world, so I look forward to our city being showcased on the world stage.
I was also proud to announce $1.1 billion in stimulus support for our province’s municipalities. This funding will help our municipalities – who are on the front line lines of this pandemic – build core infrastructure that will get Albertans working, support municipal and public transit operating costs, and create thousands upon thousands of good jobs now.Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a bold, ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs now.
By building schools, roads, and other core infrastructure, we are benefiting our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with Canada’s most competitive tax environment, we are putting Alberta on a path for a generation of growth. Alberta came together to save lives by flattening the curve and now we must do the same to save livelihoods, grow and thrive.
We have already done so much, but there is so much more to do to get through this pandemic and into better days. I am humbled beyond words, each and every day, to represent my friends and neighbours in Edmonton-South West, the great city of Edmonton, and our beloved Alberta.