On Friday, Government House Leader Jason Nixon tabled the 2022 session calendar with Speaker Nathan Cooper. The Legislature is scheduled to return on February 22, with Premier Jason Kenney announcing that a Speech from the Throne will occur on that day. President of Treasury Board and Finance Minister Travis Toews will deliver Budget 2022 two days later, on February 24.

The Government of Alberta’s budget survey remains open until January 21. Alberta Municipalities has made a written submission and look forward to further engagements with provincial officials in the coming weeks.

Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Steps Aside

On Monday, Premier Kenney announced that Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kaycee Madu is taking a leave of absence following news that he contacted Edmonton’s police chief after receiving a ticket for a traffic violation in March 2021.

The Premier stated that it is essential for the independent administration of justice to be maintained. He said he will appoint a “respected independent investigator to review the relevant facts and to determine whether there was interference in the administration of justice in this case.”

Energy Minister Sonya Savage will act as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General during Madu’s temporary absence.