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“We could have done our first lockdown differently by letting small businesses remain open, and this was expressed by the Premier. We learned from that through this second round of public health measures, and now we are seeing case numbers start to improve,” Walker said. “We can protect the lives of vulnerable Albertans while protecting the livelihoods of Albertans. I’m proud Alberta’s government continues to do this.”
Despite the pandemic bringing many challenges, Walker said he is proud of some of the non-COVID related legislation that has passed.
“I was proud to speak to and support Bill 15: the Choice in Education Act. Here in Sherwood Park, we have all types of schooling whether it be Catholic, public, charter, or homeschooling,” Walker explained. “Parents should be the ultimate decision-makers in their children’s education. I’m proud that Alberta’s government introduced and passed this bill, and parents can rest easy knowing that they have choice in their child’s education.”
2020 was also not an easy year for the energy sector.
“I want to assure the residents of Sherwood Park that Alberta’s government is moving forward with Alberta’s Recovery Plan; a bold, ambitious, long-term strategy to grow, build and diversify our economy to create good jobs now,” Walker said. “Alberta’s government introduced a new program to turn Alberta into a top global producer of petrochemicals with an aggressive strategy to spur long-term growth in the industry. The Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program will help attract billions in petrochemical investments and continue to diversify the province’s economy while drawing on our abundant reserves of natural gas.”
This statement comes despite Pembina Pipeline Corp. announcing in December it was indefinitely suspending its joint-venture $4.5-billion petrochemical project with Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Co. in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland in Sturgeon County.
Walker added he is ready to continue to bring the concerns of Sherwood Park residents to the legislature and help lead Alberta out of the current situation by creating jobs and putting the economy back on track.