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Mountain View County has some Bill 18 concerns, says reeve

Additional approval processes in Provincial Priorities Act may jeopardize Mountain View County’s ability to secure funding for projects, says reeve

MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY – Although Mountain View County officials understand the provincial government’s intention in introducing the Provincial Priorities Act, or Bill 18, there is concerns about the possible additional approval processes that may result from the legislation, says reeve Angela Aalbers.

“While Mountain View County understands the province’s intention to assert its jurisdiction and ensure alignment between federal funding and provincial priorities, we are also keenly aware of the potential impact on municipalities like ours,” Aalbers told the Albertan

“We believe in advocating for our community's interests and ensuring that any decisions made ultimately benefit our ratepayers, regardless of which level of government that may be with,” she said.

“We remain consistent that we have concern with any additional approval processes that may jeopardize the county’s ability to secure funding for projects crucial to the county’s achievement of its strategic objectives.”

If passed, Bill 18, the Provincial Priorities Act, would require school boards, regional health authorities and municipalities to have prior provincial approval for agreements with the federal government.

“Since Ottawa refuses to acknowledge the negative impacts of its overreach, we are putting in additional measures to protect our provincial jurisdiction to ensure our province receives our fair share of federal tax dollars and that those dollars are spent on the priorities of Albertans,” said Premier Danielle Smith.

Reeve Aalbers says the county will be interested in updates from the province on the details of Bill 18. 

“We await clarification on the specific implications for Mountain View County and will engage in constructive dialogue with provincial officials to understand the potential benefits and challenges this legislation may present,” said Aalbers.

“Our priority remains the well-being and prosperity of our community, and we will continue to act in their best interests.”

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