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

The Opposition NDP said it plans to hold the government to account for failing to act in the summer and allowing a renewed surge of COVID-19 cases.
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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 said 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 to address labour shortages.

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

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

NDP house leader Christina Gray said 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.

The Canadian Press

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