UCP government passes 13 bills during first legislature session
It was a very busy first legislature session for the new United Conservative government.
13 bills were passed including an act to repeal the carbon tax and Bill 9 which postpones wage talks with unions until October 31.
Leduc-Beaumont MLA Brad Rutherford tells The One News the decision to delay will help alleviate the concerns many had about the state of the province.
"They didn't want the government spending to continue to rise, they didn't want the debt to continue to rise, they're already having concerns about it so before we go into negotiations what we're looking to do is just to make sure that we have a full financial picture of what's happening in the province and then go into negotiations with as much information as possible" says Rutherford.
Members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees protested Bill 9 in front of Leduc's Community Hospital this month.
The AUPE filed an injunction against the UCP alleging the bill is a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Perhaps the most contentious issue was Bill 8, the Education Amendment Act which allows no time limit for school principals to grant a student's request to start a gay-straight alliance club.
Rutherford addressed the UCP's thinking on this issue saying "We support GSAs, we support QSAs, we don't believe in mandatory notification so what we end up within the Education Act is a series of steps that students go through to create a GSA or a QSA or any inclusion group frankly if they choose to take an approach that looks at a different issue such as racism and awareness around that".
That legislation prompted the session's second filibuster with the NDP saying it rolls back protections for LGBTQ students.
All in all Rutherford says he's extremely satisfied with the work that got done "I think it was extremely productive, we passed 13 bills, 55 platform commitments are either fully implemented or underway so we were extremely busy right from the get-go, and we're glad to see that a lot of the priorities that were concerns of the residents of Leduc-Beaumont are being addressed and I'm really proud of the work that we've done".
In addition to the 13 bills passed the UCP's also put through three private members bills. (JSL/THE ONE NEWS)