Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon is seen during a news conference in Calgary on Sept. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon is seen during a news conference in Calgary on Sept. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

Jobs, COVID-19 on the agenda as fall Alberta legislature sitting set to begin

No COVID-19 specific bills to be introduced

EDMONTON — The fall sitting of the Alberta legislature begins today, and the government says jobs, diversifying the economy and fighting COVID-19 will be the focus.

House leader Jason Nixon says the United Conservative government plans to introduce between 18 and 20 bills during the sitting, which is scheduled to run until the first week of December.

The bills will include legislation introduced by Premier Jason Kenney on changes to recognizing professional credentials in order to address labour shortages.

Nixon says there are no COVID-19 specific bills, but he says the government will continue to fight the fourth wave and pass legislation if necessary.

The Opposition N-D-P says it plans to hold the government to account for failing to act in the summer and allowing a renewed surge of COVID-19 cases.

N-D-P house leader Christina Gray says an all-party committee is needed to get to the bottom of what happened.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 25, 2021.

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