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Alberta’s Government

Alberta government

What type of government does Alberta have?

Alberta currently has a centre-right wing government under the United Conservative Party (UCP).1 The province is led by Premier Jason Kenney, the leader of the UCP since its creation in 2017.2 He focussed his successful campaign against the leftwing New Democratic Party in 2019 on reviving Alberta’s oil sands industry, cutting taxes and scaling back environmental policies.3 

How many ministries comprise Alberta’s government?

There are 22 ministries that comprise Alberta’s government.4 Each headed by its own minister, they manage specific sectors of public administration.5 The ministries cover various areas including Children’s Services, Indigenous Relations and Energy.6 

How to identify a fake government ID

The most common form of government ID is a driver’s license. Alberta driver’s licenses have at least 11 security features to make it easy to spot fake IDs.7 Some are visual indications. For instance, each ID has three transparent windows, one in the shape of Alberta and two in the shape of Canada’s maple leaf.8 Other security features can be felt, such as raised text on the driver’s licence number, date of birth and signature.9 A fake government ID can even be identified by the sound it makes when dropped on a hard surface. Genuine Alberta driver’s licenses make a ‘tin’ sound that is different to a credit card or bank card.10 

How much money did the Alberta government give farmers in 2015?

2015 was a difficult year for farmers in Alberta. A severe drought, grasshopper infestations and hail withered crops in many regions and devastated farmers’ livelihoods.11 The hardships led the provincial government to declare a state of agricultural emergency in August 2015.12 This allowed the province’s Agriculture Financial Services Corporation to access more funds for insurance compensation.13 

The Alberta government helped municipalities to identify additional public lands for grazing livestock.14 They also halved rental fees for a program that helps farmers replenish water in their dams and dugouts.15 Nevertheless, agricultural employment fell more than two per cent in 2015.16 

How long is the term of office?

Unless Canada is in a time of war, invasion or insurrection, the maximum period between elections is five years.17 This is enshrined in law by the Constitution Acts of 1867 and 1982.18 The Canada Elections Act further specifies that general elections must be held on the third Monday in October in the fourth calendar year, following the previous general election.19 Therefore, the term of office in Canada is typically four years long.

Sources

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  15. Global News. (n.d.). Alberta declares disaster after losses from drought. [online] Available at: https://globalnews.ca/news/2179582/alberta-declares-disaster-after-losses-from-drought/ [Accessed 22 Jan. 2021].
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