Alberta legislature adjourns spring session due to escalating cases of COVID-19

EDMONTON – The government of Alberta has suspended the spring session of the Legislative Assembly for at least two weeks.

The leader of the government house, Jason Nixon, said in a news release on Sunday that Vasant needed a pause to sit down because COVID-19 matters matter.

“With COVID-19 continuing to spread across Alberta, the government has decided that legislators in the constituency are returning from Edmonton to the entire province,” Nixon said.

“It is the right thing to postpone the proceedings as the case progresses,” he said. “We continue to strongly encourage all Alberts to follow their local health guidelines and are vaccinated when it is their turn. We all have to do our part to move to the other side of this epidemic. “

Alberta broke the record for the most active cases and the most COVID-19 infections in a single day.

According to the press release, the cabinet and legislative committees will meet virtually.

The province first amended the standing orders in the spring session to allow the adjournment of the legislative session in response to public safety concerns.

The suspension is to prevent further COVID-19 proliferation and not because any legislator or employee has confirmed the infection, the government said.

In a media statement, the Alberta NDP said they “oppose” the legislature’s decision to stop proceedings, such as unpaid bills, such as paid sick leave, remain up for discussion.

NDP House Leader and Labor Critic Christina Gray said in a statement, “The most important measure to keep sick people at home is that we can pay sick people.”

He said, “Running away from the legislature without providing it is a gross insult to duty for Kenny.”

Rachel Nottley said in a statement that now is not the time to stop the proceedings of the legislature.

Notley said “Alberta needs real leadership in this moment of crisis, but instead Jason Kenny is leaving his post” “I can’t help but recall his blatant rhetoric this time last year, Which enhances the memories of the rest of the British Parliament in session through the blitz. “

“The suggestion that the legislature cannot sit while servers are still working on patios and people are still crowding the mall is absurd. Now more than ever, Jason Kenny needs to work. “

CTV News Edmonton reached the Premier’s office for comment.


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