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Throne speech Focuses on Economy, Sustainable Energy Development

by NationTalk on April 16, 2008484 Views

April 15, 2008

Edmonton… Plans to broaden Alberta’s economy and ensure sustainable energy development were outlined in the Speech from the Throne, delivered by Lieutenant Governor Norman L. Kwong, on April 15.“Our government has a clear, realistic plan for Alberta. Today, we’ve laid out the actions we will take to turn the plan into reality. A key focus will be growing the economy so it provides a solid base for prosperity to address Albertans’ priorities today and tomorrow,” said Premier Ed Stelmach.

Toward this end, government will take steps to foster innovation in Alberta’s economy, including introducing a new tax credit for scientific research and development, and creating the Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy.

“We know that sustainability must be part of everything we do,” Stelmach said. “That’s why special attention will be paid to ensuring that energy development, particularly in the oil sands, happens in a responsible way.”

The action plan for sustainable resource development includes the creation of a long-term strategic plan for oil sands, the use of cumulative effects environmental management in the oil sands region, special attention to address the needs of Fort McMurray, and the creation of a new council to advise on the implementation of carbon capture and storage technology.

The first bill of the legislative session will implement the BC-Alberta Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement, commonly referred to as the TILMA. Unmatched anywhere in Canada, this agreement creates a single, seamless market of nearly eight million people.

The throne speech also includes government pledges to:
• play a leadership role in the creation of 14,000 new child care spaces by 2011;
• improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the health system;
• invest more than ever before in the provincial highway network;
• create a government-industry council to advise on implementation of carbon capture and storage technology; and
• establish a Premier’s Council on Arts and Culture.

The full text of the Speech from the Throne is available online at www.alberta.ca

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Attachment: The attached backgrounder provides a list of initiatives highlighted in the throne speech.

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Tom Olsen
Office of the Premier
780-422-4905

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