April 14, 2021 –
Under Bill 66, Alberta’s United Conservative government is scrubbing emergency powers in the Public Health Act, including Bill 10 passed at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, and other emergency powers given to government after 9/11.
It’s a promise made, promise kept by Jason Kenney.
Here’s What These Changes Mean.
Vaccinations. Since 1910, the Public Health Act gave the government the power to force vaccinations. Bill 66 removes that power. Jason Kenney has always been clear that we are opposed to mandatory vaccinations, but Alberta’s United Conservative government continues to strongly encourage that anyone eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine gets one to protect themselves, our health care system and to help in the effort to lift health restrictions.
Emergency Powers Under Bill 10 and Other Powers that Exist Under the Public Health Act. Bill 10 was passed at the beginning of the pandemic giving the executive part of government extraordinary powers in the case the legislature could not meet.
There were other emergency powers given to the Alberta government after the 9/11 terrorist attacks due to concerns about whether or not the legislature would be able to meet to respond to an emergency or a terror attack.
Bill 66 repeals all these powers from government.
“Over the past year it has become clear that this power is not necessary,” Kenney said. “I’ve always been uncomfortable with this idea of the executive part of government being able to modify legislation. That’s the power that belongs exclusively with the elected representatives of Albertans in the legislative assembly.”
The legislation was studied by an all-party committee at the legislature and submitted recommendations that were accepted by the government.
Watch: Jason Kenney break down the changes under Bill 66