A handful of MLAs delivered holiday-themed messages in the legislature Thursday, some of a serious nature and some tongue-in-cheek.
Take Freedom Conservative MLA Derek Fildebrandt, who shared highlights of Santa’s naughty and nice list.
Included on the nice list was the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission for an easy system of selling cannabis that will ensure milk and cookies taste better than ever.
The naughty list was longer. It included Premier Rachel Notley for a carbon tax that grounded Santa’s sleigh, and Prime Minster Justin Trudeau for subjecting the North Pole to a gender-based analysis on the effects of Christmas on Mrs. Claus.
“On the very naughty list is the Soldiers of Odin for their overly literal understanding of the words to White Christmas,” Fildebrandt said.
“Santa has also assured me that I will be on the nice list this year for not shooting any more of his reindeer.”
Updated disaster rules
The province has introduced a new regulation to help communities improve their response to disasters by updating requirements for training, management plans and evacuation orders.
Changes to the Emergency Management Amendment Act come into force Jan. 1, 2020, to give municipalities sufficient time to implement the changes.
Those changes will require municipalities to have up-to-date emergency plans and programs that are regularly reviewed and exercised, ensure elected officials and municipal employees are trained for their roles, and clear up the responsibilities and functions of municipal emergency advisory committees.
“By updating our legislation, we are applying what we have learned and are working with municipalities to help them better prepare for disasters and keep Albertans safe,” Municipal Affairs Minister Shaye Anderson said in a press release.
The changes come after summer consultations with 92 municipalities and five organizations. First responders, local elected officials, municipal directors of emergency management, Metis Settlements and First Nations all participated in the discussions.
The Emergency Management Amendment Act was introduced in April 2018. It was passed on Nov. 1 and came into force on Nov. 19.
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