Dear friends and neighbours,
This month is a time to celebrate the history and diversity that make our province, and country, a great place to live. I take great pride in being Canadian and I wish everyone a very happy Canada Day!
After a difficult beginning of the year, our province has been gradually reopening businesses and facilities. Our province’s relaunch strategy puts the health and safety of our community first. Our province has expanded its testing capacity and contact tracing ability, and put a rapid response plan in place for possible outbreaks to ensure that our province can continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19. General workplace and industry-specific guidelines, which can be found at alberta.ca/bizconnect, are in place to protect employees and customers to businesses across the province. Our wonderful local businesses are at the heart of our community, and I encourage you to shop local and show them your support.
On May 27, I returned to the legislature to debate legislation that will make life better for our community as Alberta reopens. I am pleased to be continuing this work with the introduction of bills that affirm parents’ rights to make choices in their children’s education, strengthen public safety, and reduce red tape. Each of these new bills build on our government’s commitments to Albertans.
Supporting Businesses During Relaunch
I am happy to share that the hard work and sacrifices of Albertans has paid off, and our province was able to begin Phase 1 of the Alberta Relaunch Strategy in May. With strict guidelines in place, our community can and should confidently support Alberta businesses as our economy begins to reopen. Alberta’s relaunch strategy puts safety first as restrictions are gradually lifted. Our province is prepared to gradually allow some businesses and facilities to reopen, including retail, hairstylists and barber shops, and cafes and restaurants in the first stage. General workplace and industry-specific guidelines, available at alberta.ca/bizconnect, must be implemented to keep patrons and employees safe in this stage.
Helping Protect Vulnerable Albertans
This week our province launched the Human Trafficking Task Force, which will find ways to prevent human trafficking, and protect and empower survivors. Anti-human trafficking advocate Paul Brandt will lead the seven-member task force that will provide guidance and recommendations on how to best implement the government’s strategy to combat human trafficking in Alberta. This task force will also help shed a light on an often overlooked and under-reported crime that causes serious harm to survivors. The task force will provide recommendations on how to support survivors, enhance collaboration between organizations working on this issue, engage experts on how to bring sustainable change, and lobby other levels of government to take coordinated action against human trafficking. Alberta should be a place where people can live free from exploitation and coercion. The new Human Trafficking Task Force will help shine a light on an important issue in our province and make change.
Protecting Choice in Education
I am pleased to share that our government is upholding its commitments to Albertans and protecting choice within Alberta’s robust and diverse education system. If passed Bill 15, or the Choice in Education Act, will amend the Education Act to affirm that parents have the right to choose the kind of education they feel is best for their children. This will strengthen Alberta’s successful history of education choice, including public schools, Francophone schools, charter schools, and home education. The bill also proposes expanded options for parents to deliver home education for their children, and will allow charter schools to be established with a focus on vocation-based education. Our government believes that parents know what is best for their children, and Bill 15 affirms choice for parents on this important issue.
As always, it is my honour to serve as your MLA.
MLA – Calgary Elbow Doug Schweitzer proudly serves the following Communities: Altadore, Bel-Aire , Britannia, Elbow Park, Elboya, Erlton, Garrison Green, Garrison Woods, Glamorgan, Lincoln Park, Lower Mount Royal, Marda Loop, Mayfair, Meadowlark Park, Mount Royal, North Glenmore Park, Parkhill, Rideau Park, River Park, Roxboro, South Calgary, Upper Mount Royal, Windsor Park