The addition of hundreds of new police officers and probation officers over the next three years, to enhance the safety and security of Albertans, is among the highlights of the Alberta government’s fall legislative session.
To support Alberta’s Safe Communities initiative, the government also passed the Victims Restitution and Compensation Payment Amendment Act, 2008, which will allow courts to seize property, such as vehicles and weapons, that have been used to commit crimes. In addition, the government created a $60-million Safe Communities Innovation Fund that will be used for innovative projects that prevent or reduce crime at a grassroots level.
During the fall sitting, the government also announced a renewal of the Water for Life strategy, and released the final report on the Land-use Framework. These initiatives will help Albertans pass on the legacy of Alberta’s natural beauty, diversity, and wealth to future generations.
“This has been an extremely productive session with 53 pieces of legislation passed,” said Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach. “We have worked diligently to fulfill our pledge to Albertans to improve access to health care, develop our resources in an environmentally sustainable way, ensure safe communities, provide the infrastructure Albertans need, and build a strong economic framework to move this province forward during difficult economic times.”
The Legislature will resume sitting on Feb. 10, 2009.