Posted on May 2, 2017
December 2016 Constituency Newsletter
Season’s Greetings Calgary –Bow,
December is here and all Members of the Legislative Assembly will be returning to their constituencies to connect with their communities, family and friends.
Our government is carrying through on its commitments to Albertans. Through the Oil Sands Emissions Limit Act Alberta will maintain its competitive edge in global markets while providing certainty for investors and drive innovation to create new solutions for energy extraction. The Industry Caucus of the Oil Sands Advisory Group, made up of representatives from seven energy companies, has confirmed in their opinion that these measures will establish certainty in the investment market and lead to increased activity.
The Alberta Government continues to follow through on their commitment to diversify the economy through such measures as the Renewable Electricity Program. This program will add 5,000 megawatts of renewable electricity capacity by 2030, and will put Alberta on a path to achieve its target of 30 per cent renewable electricity by that time.
In conjunction to these measures, on January 1st, our government will be implementing a 5% flat tax on new well development until payout, and the marginal effective tax will decrease from 35% to 26.7%. When compared with these same tax rates in British Columbia (28.7%) and Saskatchewan (32.6%) Albertans can be assured that their government is working to maintain a competitive edge for our Alberta energy companies.
In other government news, consultation on the Municipal Governments Act was deemed very successful with high response rates to online surveys and face to face opportunities with Minister Larivee and the Ministry of Municipal affairs on the province wide tour this summer. The draft regulations will be posted to the MGA Review website in early 2017 for further review and comments from Albertans.
The holiday season is a special time and I look forward to sharing it with the constituents of Calgary Bow. Keep an eye on your community’s social calendar for craft sales, Christmas fairs and other events for the whole family. Schedule permitting during this session I hope to be able to connect with some of our local artisans at the Christmas Craft and Bake sales and to connect with you as well. .
As many of you may have already heard, the Annual Holiday Dinner hosted by the BCA has been postponed due to complications in the roof renovations in the main hall. In the meantime, a festive family skate night has been planned for the middle of December. The BCA plans to go ahead with the holiday dinner sometime in late January and I will be there to volunteer again this year so be sure to say hello!
In closing, I would like to wish all of you a happy holiday season, Happy Hanukkah, Mawlid Al-Nabi and to those of you who celebrate, a very merry Christmas. I will be hosting my second annual New Year’s Open House on January 6th, 2017 and I very much hope you can stop in for a chat. Seasonal beverages and appetizers will be provided.