EDMONTON - Premier Alison Redford's government plans to pass 10 bills during the fall session of the legislature, including whistleblower protection and an overhaul of the school system.
The proposed new Education Act failed to pass in the spring sitting after some critics said that including human rights rules would force parents home schooling their children to teach them values contrary to their religious beliefs.
Government house leader Dave Hancock said Monday the bill has been rewritten to remove the human rights reference but still supports the idea in spirit and in action.
"There will be some wording changes there to make it clear what we're trying to accomplish without getting people upset about what they think government will be doing to them. So that will be clear and that will be straightforward," Hancock said.
Hancock says whistleblower rules will allow people to come forward with concerns about programs and spending without fear of retribution or job loss.
Opposition Liberal Laurie Blakeman says while she applauds the intent, the bill will fall short.
"The whistleblowers (legislation) really just puts another administrative level in place in which you now get to go and report to someone you work with whose now been deemed to be the whistleblower officer in the same way we have (Freedom of Information and Privacy) officers. They could have done so much better," she said.
There is also legislation to protect Albertans buying new homes and a proposal to create a single regulator for upstream energy resource activities.
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Here's a breakdown of how the Alberta government parceled out spending last year. Information provided is <a href="http://finance.alberta.ca/business/budget/2012-13-Expense-by-Function.pdf">Expense by Function estimates</a> provided by the Alberta government.
7.1 per cent of the budget went to General Government - Includes a broad range of additional services including funding for parks and recreation, cultural activities, housing initiatives, economic development, costs to run government and debt servicing expenses (interest payments).
1 per cent of the budget went to Environmental funding - Provides for environmental monitoring and protection, including pollution control, water supply management, air quality control, garbage collection and waste disposal and a host of other environmental programs and initiatives.
Regional Planning and Development
2.7 per cent of the budget went to Regional Planning and Development - Includes amounts for planning and regional development and a portion of the grants made directly to municipalities, including the Municipal Sustainability Initiative.
Protections of Persons and Property
3.9 per cent of the budget went to Protections of Persons and Property - Includes amounts for the protection of persons and property, including amounts for policing and security, the provincial court system, correctional and rehabilitation services, firefighting, labour relations and a host of other regulatory measures.
Transportation, Communications and Utilities
4. 6 per cent of the budget went to Transportation, Communications and Utilities - Includes amounts related to road, rail and air transport and maintenance, public transit grants, as well as pipelines, utilities and telecommunications networks.
Agriculture, Resource Management and Economic Development
5.4 per cent of the budget went to Agriculture, Resource Management and Economic Development - Includes amounts for farming support programs, food supply quality monitoring and protection, weed and pest control, crop insurance programs, natural resource management, economic and rural development, irrigation and veterinary care.
11.5 of the budget went to Social Services - Includes social assistance (e.g. AISH), pension benefits, and care for children, seniors and other vulnerable Albertans.
22.9 per cent of the budget went to Education - Includes Early Childhood Services to Grade 12, as well as post-secondary education, skills training and the construction and maintenance of educational facilities.
40.9 per cent of the budget went to Health - Consists of expenses incurred to ensure necessary health services are available to Albertans and includes funding for hospitals, medical and preventative care and the construction and maintenance of provincial health facilities.