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Saturday , 16 October 2021

Spring sitting of Alberta Legislature suspended temporarily

The Government House Leader, following consultation with the Official Opposition, has advised the Speaker the public interest requires temporary suspension of the spring session of the Legislative Assembly for at least two weeks in response to rising cases of COVID-19 across the province.

“With COVID-19 continuing to spread across Alberta, the Government has determined that having MLAs return to Edmonton from all over the province after constituency week is no longer prudent,” Jason Nixon, Government House Leader said in a news release. “Suspending proceedings is the right thing to do as case counts increase. We continue to strongly encourage all Albertans to follow their local health guidelines and get vaccinated when it’s their turn. We all have to do our part to get through to the other side of this pandemic.”

Earlier in the spring sitting, the Government amended the Standing Orders to allow the option to adjourn the Assembly in response to public safety concerns. The suspension is to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and not due to any confirmed cases amongst MLAs or staff. 

The government says the need to pause the spring sitting was discussed with the Official Opposition on Sunday, May 2. The Government House Leader has advised the Speaker that at this time the spring sitting should be paused for two weeks until May 17, 2021.

Cabinet will continue to meet virtually and Legislative Committees will also continue their work with Members participating remotely. The government advises that members can be called back to the Legislature in the event of an emergency that requires the Assembly to meet.

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About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner!