Notes from the Dome: Jason Kenney in the house, retail cannabis, input on workplace harassment

Monday marked opposition leader Jason Kenney’s first Alberta legislature question period, and it was a markedly restrained affair.

The order of the day was repeated questions about the carbon tax — but the United Conservative Party asked them quietly, and without any of the desk-thumping or applause usually associated with the house.

That, Kenney told reporters, was by his request.

“My expectation is to have a business-like question period. I don’t think we need too much drama or fireworks,” he said.

Kenney wouldn’t weigh in on whether he prefers being in opposition in Edmonton or Ottawa, but said he doesn’t miss the nation’s capital one bit.

In a break from tradition, Kenney also jumped in towards the end of allotted QP time to throw a set of questions at Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd. He wanted to know how much Albertans will pay for a settlement with power company Enmax. McCuaig-Boyd said for now that’s between the government and Enmax.

Input on new workplace rules

The government is seeking input from Albertans about new rules for workplace harassment and violence, and joint worksite health and safety committees.

It’s for the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act. Feedback will help shape specific rules around the new requirements to make sure legislation is fair and balanced.

As of June 1, the new OHS Act will — among other changes — define harassment and violence, require employers to take steps to protect workers and bar workers from causing or participating in harassment and violence, and require joint site health and safety committees for work sites with 20 or more workers.

Albertans can provide written submissions to the labour department until April 9.

Cannabis applications gather smoke — er, steam

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission has received 155 applications for retail cannabis licences.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

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