Alberta politicians back for fall session amid falling oil prices

Politicians returned to business under the dome at the Alberta legislature Monday, but with the front doors of the building locked.

EDMONTON — Politicians returned to business under the dome at the Alberta legislature Monday, but with the front doors of the building locked.

Justice Minister Jonathan Denis said it was a difficult decision to close the iconic entryway, but one that had to be made in light of the recent shootings on Parliament Hill.

“It is the people’s building, where people should be allowed to come here and take in the 100 years of history,” said Denis.

“That being said, people who work here, people who visit here also have a reasonable expectation that they are going to be safe.”

Visitors will now go through a side entrance and be subject to security screening and baggage checks.

The formal opening of the fall session will happen Monday afternoon with the speech from the throne to outline the agenda and priorities of Premier Jim Prentice’s government.

Denis, who is also the government house leader, said there will be nine bills on the order paper in the session, which is expected to wrap up a week before Christmas.

One key bills will address property rights issues, and the second will end entitlements and put in place more rules to ensure high ethical standards in government.

Prentice is also expected to address in the coming weeks how falling oil prices will affect the budget.

This will be the first session as premier for Prentice, and the first time Rachel Notley will enter the chamber as the new leader of the NDP.

Just Posted

RDC’s new name to be unveiled in February

The next big milestone for Red Deer College is a new name,… Continue reading

Lacombe updating its nuisance bylaw

New bylaw expected to address everything from noisy snowblowers to driveway wrecks

RCMP seek suspect in Rimbey armed robbery

Rimbey Liquor Store was robbed at gunpoint about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday

Rimbey RCMP searching for suspects in break and enter spree

Rimbey RCMP are looking for a pair of culprits responsible for five… Continue reading

Stolen vehicle and gun seized in Blackfalds

Blackfalds man to appear in court

2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America

Opinion: Faith in immigration must be preserved

Canada has a deserved reputation for extending its arms to newcomers, but… Continue reading

Olympian Adam van Koeverden wins federal Liberal nomination in Ontario riding

MILTON, Ont. — Former Olympic flag-bearer Adam van Koeverden will be carrying… Continue reading

World champion Osmond says it’s “really nice” not to know what future holds

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Kaetlyn Osmond has a world title, Olympic medals… Continue reading

World economy forecast to slow in 2019 amid trade tensions

For Canada, the IMF’s estimate for growth in 2019 was 1.9 per cent, down from expected global growth of 3.5 per cent

Timberlake pops in on patients at Texas children’s hospital

DALLAS — Justin Timberlake has pulled some sunshine from his pocket for… Continue reading

UK police speak to Prince Philip about not wearing seatbelt

LONDON — British police have spoken with Prince Philip after the husband… Continue reading

‘Gotti’ leads Razzie nominations, Trump up for worst actor

The nominations were announced on Monday, Jan. 21 with some movies earning up to six nominations

Curtain rising Sunday night on total lunar eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The celestial curtain will be rising soon on… Continue reading

Most Read