"Your government focuses the unique challenges faced by our two largest cities and will finalize the Calgary and Edmonton city charters," Lt.-Gov. Don Ethell read from the speech to the throne Monday.
The intent is to find a better way for the two cities to manage issues unique to each metropolis rather than falling under the one-size-fits-all parameters of the Municipal Government Act.
The project, first outlined in June 2012, was delayed last year when the province had to deal with widespread flooding in Calgary and other parts of southern Alberta.
The throne speech said there will be help for other municipalities as well. The government plans to renew a multibillion-dollar long-term municipal sustainability initiative. The program delivers lump sums to municipalities to spend on roads, community buildings and sports facilities.
And funding for a program that grants money for public transit projects is also to be renewed. The current budget allocation for GreenTrip is $200 million.
Ethell said the province will also finish overhauling the Municipal Government Act and figure out ways to solve overlapping growth in a rapidly developing province.
"We know that Alberta's success depends on all regions of the province — no matter how small — being able to meet that growth head on."
The throne speech outlines the priorities and plans for Redford's government as it reaches the mid-term of a four-year mandate.
Details of the municipal financing will be unveiled when Finance Minister Doug Horner delivers the 2014-15 budget on Thursday.
Indications are that while the province still intends to borrow $17 billion for infrastructure, the books for day-to-day operational spending will be balanced or in surplus.
Redford's government, however, has signalled it will hold the line on spending, which NDP Leader Brian Mason labelled unfair to working Albertans.
"The expenditures until 2016 will fall behind inflation and population growth, so we're going to see more program cuts in a number of areas," said Mason.
Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said Alberta should not be running up debt given it's leading the country in population and economic growth.
"It's a government in trouble," said Smith.
"Albertans of this generation can't afford this government's spending, and clearly we're going to see that Albertans of the next generation can't afford it either."
The flagship bill of the sitting is the creation of two new endowment funds to fund agricultural research and to find ways to alleviate poverty and family violence.
Redford's Progressive Conservatives have been lobbying for new pipelines to take oil to British Columbia's west coast for export and to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
To that end, the province says it will partner with industry to create a pipeline training school to teach the skills of working heavy machinery, laying pipe and reclaiming land.
The throne speech says Alberta will meet its obligations to build flood mitigation projects in southern Alberta and to undertake new flood hazard mapping.
The government is also promising changes to make public more information on children who die in government care.
And Ethell said Redford plans to pursue efforts with other provinces to make it easier for goods and services to move across the country in a Canada-wide free-trade zone.
The spring sitting comes as the premier faces public discontent and free-falling poll numbers over lavish spending for herself and members of her inner circle, including a $45,000 trip for Redford and her aide to go to Nelson Mandela's funeral in December.
Redford has apologized for the high cost of the Mandela trip, but has refused to pay any of it back.
On Monday, Postmedia published a Leger poll suggesting two out of every three Albertans disapprove of Redford's leadership and with the Conservatives now trailing the Opposition Wildrose party in overall support.
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