The Spring Session of the Alberta Legislature is back underway in Edmonton.
Things kicked off on Thursday with the traditional reading of the Throne Speech by Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell and many political pundits are calling it a 'family oriented' plan, especially a proposal to eliminate school fees for busing and instructional materials.
"When Minister (David) Eggen first talked to us in cabinet about that, we have a lot of parents in caucus, it was something that was in our platform and we were very excited (because) it's something that's going to help a lot of people," remarked Shaye Anderson, the new Minister of Municipal Affairs.
"I've got two boys and I think to myself okay, I've got a good job and my wife has a good job, but there's a lot of people out there who are struggling and have two, three, four kids," he added. "I think it was 600,000 families approximately that we were talking about."
While no-one is attacking the move to cut school expenses for families, Anderson knows the opposition MLA's are going to have some tough questions about the budget, particularly with the deficit this fiscal year approaching $11 billion.
"I know that they will talk about the deficit and that's understandable," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "It's something we're not shying away from (and) I'm looking forward to my first question period and some fun questions."
Another highlight of Thursday's Alberta Throne Speech was a promise by Premier Notley to put a hard cap on the price of electricity for home owners.

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