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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Health care & creating jobs focus of Alberta legislative spring session

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EDMONTON, AB – It looks like the province’s current financial situation won’t be the main target for the Alberta government this spring.

Budget 2021 will be tabled Thursday in the legislature. A government news release says the focus will be on strengthening the health care system to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and create jobs for economic recovery.

Premier Jason Kenney says Alberta’s government is “laser-focused” on protecting lives and livelihoods this legislative session. “I’m looking forward to debating the upcoming budget that supports the health-care system with historic investments while creating thousands of new jobs and laying the foundation for a strong economic recovery.”

In addition to Budget 2021, the United Conservative government will introduce legislation on MLA recall and citizens’ initiatives, support for Alberta non-profit organizations, and further protections from dangerous offenders and unprompted street checks during the spring 2021 sitting.

After the budget is introduced,  the legislature will break for the following week and then return for budget estimates, where MLAs will debate and scrutinize each department’s budget.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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