Bills and Motions 1999


Bill 1 Fiscal Responsibility Act
Sponsored by Premier Ralph Klein, Bill 1 bans deficits; legislates an economic cushion equal to 3½ percent of estimated revenue; earmarks 75 percent of excess revenue for debt repayment, leaving 25 percent for in-year spending initiatives; and sets out a 25-year schedule for paying off the $12.5 billion accumulated debt.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
February 16, 1999 February 23, 1999 March 3, 1999 March 9, 1999 March 23, 1999 May 20, 1999 (Section 10)
N/A (remaining sections)
Bill 13 Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 1999
Sponsored by Provincial Treasurer Stockwell Day, Bill 13 authorizes supplementary payments from the General Revenue Fund in 1998/99, including $17.6 million for Alberta Family and Social Services. The $17.6 million includes $3.3 million for child benefits and $1.4 million for early-intervention programs.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
March 1, 1999 March 2, 1999 March 3, 1999 March 4, 1999 March 8, 1999 N/A
Bill 19 Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, 1999
Sponsored by Provincial Treasurer Stockwell Day, Bill 19 authorizes interim payments from the General Revenue Fund in 1999/2000, including $497 million for Alberta Education, until the budget estimates are approved.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
March 15, 1999 March 16, 1999 March 17, 1999 March 22, 1999 March 23, 1999 N/A
Bill 20 School Amendment Act, 1999
Sponsored by Education Minister Gary Mar, Bill 20 requires school boards to make rules governing the suspension or expulsion of students; ensures all education programs and instructional materials reflect diversity and promote understanding and respect for others; and holds school boards accountable for providing every student with a safe and caring school environment.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
March 18, 1999 April 20, 1999 May 4, 1999 (amended) May 13, 1999 May 19, 1999 N/A
Bill 33 Appropriation Act, 1999
Sponsored by Provincial Treasurer Stockwell Day, Bill 33 authorizes payments from the General Revenue Fund in 1999/2000, including $1.975 billion for Alberta Education.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
April 19, 1999 April 20, 1999 April 21, 1999 April 22, 1999 April 29, 1999 N/A
Bill 35 Government Fees and Charges Review Act
Sponsored by Provincial Treasurer Stockwell Day, Bill 35 freezes approximately 800 provincial user fees and charges pending a review to determine their appropriateness in light of a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling. The court ruled that Ontario's probate fees were illegal because the revenue collected was considerably higher than the direct cost of the service provided. The fees and charges under review in Alberta include teacher certification fees, high school transcript fees and diploma examination fees.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
April 26, 1999 May 11, 1999 May 17, 1999 (amended) May 18, 1999 May 19, 1999 N/A
Bill 37 Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Amendment Act, 1999
Sponsored by Gary Friedel (PC--Peace River), Bill 37 allows public bodies, including school boards and charter schools, to disclose personal information related to enrolment in a school; participation in a graduation ceremony, sporting event or field trip; and receipt of an award or honor.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
April 26, 1999 May 4, 1999 May 11, 1999 (amended) May 17, 1999 May 19, 1999 N/A
Bill 39 Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 1999
Sponsored by Justice Minister and Attorney General Jon Havelock, Bill 39 amends the Child and Family Services Authorities Act to define as child and family services programs and services under the Protection of Children Involved in Prostitution Act. The bill also amends the property-tax exemption provisions of the Municipal Government Act to reflect the establishment of regional divisions, regional authorities and charter schools.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
May 13, 1999 May 13, 1999 May 13, 1999 May 13, 1999 May 19, 1999 N/A
Bill 40 Health Information Act
Sponsored by Marlene Graham (PC--Calgary-Lougheed), Bill 40 establishes rules for the collection, use and disclosure of health information.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
November 17, 1999 November 29, 1999  December 7, 1999 (amended) December 8, 1999 December 9, 1999  April 25, 2001
Bill 41 Regulated Accounting Profession Act
Sponsored by Greg Melchin (PC--Calgary-North West), Bill 41 replaces the Certified General Accountants Act, Certified Management Accountants Act and Chartered Accountants Act. The bill establishes common professional requirements regarding registration, competence and discipline and defines which activities are restricted to registrants of the Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and the Society of Management Accountants of Alberta.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
November 17, 1999 November 22, 1999 November 24, 1999   November 25, 1999 December 9, 1999  September 13, 2001
Bill 43 Fiscal Responsibility Amendment Act, 1999
Sponsored by Provincial Treasurer Stockwell Day, Bill 43 allows the government to spend $600 million of its projected $2 billion surplus in 1999/2000 on infrastructure for the education, health and municipal sectors.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
November 17, 1999 December 6, 1999  December 7, 1999   December 8, 1999  December 9, 1999  N/A
Bill 44 Insurance Statutes Amendment Act, 1999
Sponsored by Marlene Graham (PC--Calgary-Lougheed), Bill 44 extends the Insurance Act to common-law relationships
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
November 17, 1999 December 6, 1999   December 7, 1999 December 8, 1999   December 9, 1999 N/A 
Bill 45 Appropriation (Supplementary Supply) Act, 1999 (No. 2)
Sponsored by Provincial Treasurer Stockwell Day, Bill 45 authorizes supplementary payments from the General Revenue Fund in 2000/2001, including $172.6 million for Alberta Learning. All monies were previously announced.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
December 1, 1999 December 2, 1999 December 6, 1999 December 8, 1999 December 9, 1999 N/A
Bill 46 Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act, 1999 (No. 2)
Sponsored by Justice Minister and Attorney General Dave Hancock, Bill 46 amends the definitions of independent and resident students in the School Act to take into account the proposed repeal of Section 9 of the Social Development Act. Section 9 provides for the payment of a social allowance to persons or institutions caring for a child whose parents are unable or unwilling to care for the child themselves.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
December 6, 1999 December 7, 1999 December 7, 1999 December 8, 1999 December 9, 1999 April 1, 2001

PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS

Bill 203 Privatization Accountability Act
Sponsored by Liberal Leader Nancy MacBeth, Bill 203 establishes a framework to guide the privatization of government programs and services.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
February 22, 1999 March 3, 1999 (defeated)        
Bill 204 Medicare Protection Act
Sponsored by New Democrat Leader Pam Barrett, Bill 204 enshrines the principles of the Canada Health Act--comprehensiveness, universality, portability, accessibility and public administration--and prohibits the establishment of private, for-profit hospitals.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
February 22, 1999 March 30, 1999 (hoisted)        
Bill 205 School (Early Childhood Services) Amendment Act, 1999
Sponsored by Moe Amery (PC--Calgary-East), Bill 205 requires school boards to provide early childhood services programs with at least 400 hours of instruction to all eligible children.
First reading; Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
February 22, 1999 April 27, 1999 (defeated)        
Bill 206 School (Grade One Entry Age) Amendment Act, 1999
Sponsored by Robert Fischer (PC--Wainwright), Bill 206 establishes a standard cutoff date of December 31 across Alberta for early entrance into Grade 1.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
February 22, 1999 April 28, 1999 (defeated)        
Bill 208 Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use Act
Sponsored by LeRoy Johnson (PC--Wetaskiwin-Camrose), Bill 208 prohibits anyone under 18 years of age from possessing, smoking or otherwise consuming tobacco products in a public place and allows cabinet to apply the act to designated communities in the province..
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
February 22, 1999 May 11, 1999  December 1, 1999 (amended)  December 8, 1999  December 9, 1999 April 1, 2003
Bill 212 Gaming and Liquor Amendment Act, 1999
Sponsored by Barry McFarland (PC--Little Bow), Bill 212 raises the legal drinking age from 18 to 19 years.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
February 22, 1999          
Bill 214 Independent Advocate for Children Act
Sponsored by Linda Sloan (LIB--Edmonton-Riverview), Bill 214 appoints an independent children's advocate responsible to the legislative assembly.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
February 22, 1999          
Bill 215 Employment Standards (Parental Leave) Amendment Act, 1999
Sponsored by Wayne Cao (PC--Calgary-Fort), Bill 215 provides birth mothers, birth fathers and adoptive parents with up to 27 weeks of parental leave, replacing the 18 weeks of maternity leave and eight weeks of adoption leave currently available. If parental leave is taken by both parents, their combined leave cannot exceed 27 weeks.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
February 22, 1999          
Bill 217 School (Students' Code of Conduct) Amendment Act, 1999
Sponsored by David Coutts (PC--Livingstone-Macleod), Bill 217 requires school boards to develop policies on student conduct in consultation with parents, students, teachers and principals.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
February 22, 1999          
Bill 222 School (Class Size Limitation) Amendment Act, 1999
Sponsored by Don Massey (LIB--Edmonton-Mill Woods), Bill 222 sets the following limitations on class size as targets for school boards: kindergarten to grade 3, 17 students; grades 4 to 9, 25 students; and grades 10 to 12, 30 students.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
November 23, 1999          
Bill 224 School (Principals' Duties) Amendment Act, 1999
Sponsored by Wayne Jacques (PC--Grande Prairie-Wapiti), Bill 224 requires principals to contact police and their superintendent when serious incidents occur on school property or during school board-sponsored or approved activities. The bill defines such incidents as including physical violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, vandalism, use or possession of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, and use or possession of a narcotic.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
November 23, 1999          
Bill 225 Alberta Children's Day Act
Sponsored by Shiraz Shariff (PC--Calgary-McCall), Bill 225 establishes the first Sunday in October as Alberta Children's Day.
First reading: Second reading: Committee of the whole: Third reading: Royal assent: Proclamation:
November 23, 1999          
 

PRIVATE MEMBERS' MOTIONS

Motion 504

Sponsored by Liberal Leader Nancy MacBeth, Motion 504 urges the government "to immediately undertake a broad public consultation and to initiate a full debate in the Assembly on the role of private, for-profit health care providers, including hospitals, clinics, agencies, and individual physicians, in the delivery of health services."

Defeated March 16, 1999

Motion 507

Sponsored by Liberal Leader Nancy MacBeth, Motion 507 urges the government "to establish a Fiscal Stabilization Fund to be used strategically to smooth over the instability of Alberta's revenue base and to ensure that health care, education and social service programs are protected from the threat of further expenditure reductions."

Defeated April 13, 1999

Motion 510

Sponsored by Shiraz Shariff (PC--Calgary-McCall), Motion 510 urges the government "to consider establishing a Council of Ministers for Social Issues to coordinate social policy development and delivery, and to consult openly with Albertans about our changing social needs."

Carried May 4, 1999 (amended)

Motion 512

Sponsored by Linda Sloan (LIB--Edmonton-Riverview), Motion 512 urges the government "to compile an assessment report which shall include indicators of vulnerabilities in Alberta children and the status of provincial programs for such children, to be tabled annually in the Legislative Assembly."

Defeated May 11, 1999

Motion 514

Sponsored by Denis Herard (PC--Calgary-Egmont), Motion 514 urges the government "to expedite the delivery of multi-department Children's Services programs to operate directly within our school system."

Carried unanimously November 23, 1999

Motion 515

Sponsored by Don Massey (LIB--Edmonton-Mill Woods), Motion 515 urges the government "to provide additional resources to schools to cover the costs of textbooks, software, technology, learning materials, and teacher training that are required because of the introduction of a new curriculum mandated by the Government."

Defeated November 30, 1999

Motion 520

Sponsored by LeRoy Johnson (PC--Wetaskiwin-Camrose), Motion 520 urges the government "to implement strategies aimed at increasing the opportunity for Alberta students to participate in student exchange programs, particularly with respect to learning new languages, and to initiate new international student exchange partnerships."