School may not be out for summer yet, but the legislature is.
Things ended in the late hours of Tuesday, or early hours of Wednesday, depending how you look at it.
Before things were over, the Fair and Family-Friendly Workplace Act and the Child Protection Accountability Act were both passed.
It’s been 30 years since the labour legislation has been updated.
“The reality is, is that Bill essentially brought Alberta into line with the rest of the country, something that was long overdue. It was a very reasonable compromise,” said Premier Rachel Notley. “I’m very proud of the work that Minister Gray did on that. I think she walked the line in a very responsible way.”
Changes include extending job protection for maternity leave from 15 to 16 weeks and bumping the minimum work age from 12 to 13.
There are concerns a potential NDP-Green party coalition in power in British Columbia could lead to problems with the construction of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, even though the project has been federally approved.
When asked, Notley said government officials plan on spending plenty of time in B.C. over the summer talking about the safety of pipelines.
“It doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to change the minds of the leaders of the people who are opposing the pipelines. But when you lead a march, you need to have people following you.”
“The opposition loves to equate this to Northern Gateway, but the reality is that Northern Gateway went down because of a judicial decision. The work that was done with respect to Trans Mountain was done through the lens of the rules that were set out in the Northern Gateway decision. I feel pretty confident that the appropriate measures were taken,” Notley added.
A $10.3 billion deficit is forecasted for this year’s provincial budget.