Alberta government wants MLAs to be called back early to the legislature

EDMONTON – Alberta’s United Conservative government wants to reconvene the legislature earlier than planned.

Government house leader Jason Nixon says in a statement that he’s sent a request to the Speaker to call members of the legislature back starting Oct. 8.

The fall sitting wasn’t supposed to start until later in October.

“We promised Albertans during the election that we would work non-stop to pursue our platform commitments to bring jobs back to the province, eliminate red tape, improve public infrastructure and restore the Alberta Advantage,” said Nixon. “I think I speak for all of our government members when I say that we are excited to get back to the business of fulfilling those promises.”

Premier Jason Kenney has already said he plans to bring down a budget next month.

He has also said that a report from a government-appointed panel that looked into the province’s finances (MacKinnon Report) would be used as a basis for the budget.