Posted on Apr 21, 2016

Budget 2016: A week in Review

One week ago today, I sat in the Legislative Assembly Chamber while Finance Minister Joe Ceci tabled Budget 2016, The Alberta Jobs Plan.  I am painfully aware of how the global collapse in oil prices has and continues to cause extreme economic pain and hardship for our families in Edmonton-South West.

Budget 2016 was focused on four key pillars:

  • Supporting Families with new supports and access to training and education;
  • Investing in Alberta Infrastructure through the Capital Plan;
  • Diversifying the energy industry and markets through the Climate Leadership Plan;
  • Supporting Businesses with new tax credits and a small business tax cut.

There is a lot of good in this budget, it has a clear plan for diversifying the economy and creating thousands of jobs. It doesn’t propose reckless cuts that would simply make our situation worse. This budget continues to invest in our schools, our teachers, our nurses, and ensures that Albertans receive the public services they deserve. There are opportunities for our families to benefit in programs such as the Alberta Child Benefit, and Enhanced Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit.

There is a lot for us in Edmonton-South West to be happy about in this budget, but for my part I will continue to hold the Government to account on ensuring that our needs such as Education and Child Care remain at the forefront of focus. You can read more about Budget 2016 here.

Last week I had the opportunity to do a number of community visits after the budget was tabled. I attended a Truth and Reconciliation assembly at Bessie Nichols School where I was honoured to bring greetings and amazed at all the work and knowledge the students had.

This week I’ve had the distinct pleasure to join Edmonton Catholic Teachers from Local 54 at a “speed dating” themed meet and greet, where I met many teachers including those that taught in our schools of Edmonton-South West. I also attended the Heritage Point Community League Annual General Meeting, where I answered questions and presented a $70,000 Community Facilities Enhancement Project cheque for the much needed playground expansion at Alexander Rutherford.

Tonight I’ll be heading to the APEGA AGM where I will have the opportunity to meet with many of our professionals who I am sure will be the source of many interesting discussions!

I’ll be back in the constituency office tomorrow, where I’ll be having meetings with constituents and working on setting up opportunities for me to come into your community so that we can have more one-on-one conversations. Because that’s what’s most important, that I can hear from you so I can bring those conversations back to the Legislature.

I’m also going to be hitting the doors tomorrow afternoon! The weather has been beautiful, and door knocking will let me meet even more of you! Hope to see you out there!