Alberta Graduate Council Presentation to University of Alberta GSA

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					How the Government relates to the
           AGC….

         October 27, 2007
         Adrianne Huxtable
  Alberta Government Structure
                           Legislature

Lieutenant Governor   Legislative Assembly

 Opposition MLAs      Governing Party MLAs             Speaker

                                     Private Government Members

                                                 Premier

                                             Cabinet Ministers
                      Ministries
• Advanced Education and        • Infrastructure and
  Technology                      Transportation
• Agriculture and Food          • International,
                                  Intergovernmental and
• Children’s Services             Aboriginal Relations
• Education                     • Justice and Attorney General
• Employment, Immigration and   • Municipal Affairs and Housing
  Industry                      • Seniors and Community
• Energy                          Supports
• Environment                   • Service Alberta
• Executive Council             • Corporate Human Resources
• Public Affairs Bureau         • Solicitor General and Public
                                  Security
• Finance
                                • Sustainable Resource
• Health and Wellness             Development
                                • Tourism, Park, Recreation, and
                                  Culture
                                • Treasury Board
               Ministry of Advanced
             Education and Technology
• Minister Doug Horner




• Mandate:
  – Build on initiatives to increase access, affordability and quality in
    the postsecondary education.
  – Increase support for community education and literacy programs.
  – Lead the establishment of a Value Added and Technology
    Commercialization Task Force to develop a strategy for
    technology commercialization and economic diversification.


                                                  Premier’s Mandate Letter
                                                  http://www.advancededucation.gov.ab.ca/
             Boards and Councils

Ministry of AET

                      Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer


                   Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board


                            Campus Alberta Quality Council



                          The Students Finance Board

 Boards and Councils send recommendations to the Minister about changes
 that need to be made in specific areas
       How the AGC lobbies the
            government…

• Presentations to the Student Finance Board
• Meetings with representatives from the Ministry
  of Advanced Education and Technology
  – Including the Minister and Directors
• Meetings and communication with Opposition
  and other Members of Parliament
• Presentations to Cabinet Policy Committee
        Cabinet Policy Committees
 Review and make recommendations on policies, programs and
legislation
 hear public and private submissions pertaining to their areas
 monitor existing programs, services and legislation
 review the budgetary implications of each proposal as well as
implementation and communications strategies.


•   Agriculture and Rural Development
•   Community Services
•   Education and Training
•   Financial Planning and Human Resources
•   Health Planning
•   Jobs and Economy
•   Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection
                       http://www.pco-bcp.gc.ca/default.asp?Page=Publications&Language=E&doc=Decision/alberta_e.htm
       How the AGC lobbies the
            government…

• Presentations to the Student Finance Board
• Meetings with representatives from the Ministry
  of Advanced Education and Technology
  – Including the Minister and Directors
• Meetings and communication with Opposition
  and other Members of Parliament
• Presentations to Cabinet Policy Committee
• Primary lobby tools include: letters, email
  campaigns, face-to-face meetings as a
  group, individual meetings, forums and
  discussion groups
                  Legislative Process
                    – Drafting a Bill
  • Involves many people (including contact person,
     lawyers, Legislative Counsel Office)
  • June/July, Government house leader sends out call for
     legislation, Treasury Board releases fiscal framework
The Standing Policy Committees are the gate-keepers of the decision-
  • Legislation templates→ Minister
making process: any issue that has been rejected by a Standing Policy
  • Sept/Oct Legislation templates reviewd Minister wish to
Committee will not be considered by Cabinet; should aby Agenda and
     Priorities Committee
pursue the matter further, changes will have to be made to the proposal.
  • If approved, draft proposal
  • Refer to department SPC (now known as CPC) →
     committee recommendation
  • Caucus
  • Jan/Feb - Legislative Review Committee
      – Approval – written in final form

                                                          Legislative Assembly of Alberta
                                                          http://www.assembly.ab.ca/pub/gdbook
        Legislative Process cont’d
•   Passing a Bill
     – First Reading – one full day after notice of Bill, brief introductory remark on intent
       of Bill
     – Second Reading – discussion of principle of Bill
     – Committee of the Whole – clause-by-clause consideration of Bill
     – Third Reading – Bill in final form
     – Royal Assent by Lieutenant Governor
•   Types of Bills
     – Government Bills – general application to public, introduced by Governemtn
     – Private Members’ Bills - general application to public, intriducted by MLA, fixed
       debate time
     – Private Bills – application to one person or organization, petition Legislative
       Assembly




                                                                        Legislative Assembly of Alberta
                                                                        http://www.assembly.ab.ca/pub/gdbook
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                 Boards and Councils
•   Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT)
     –    develops policies, guidelines and procedures to facilitate transfer agreements among
         Alberta's post-secondary institutions.
     –    It encourages negotiations, where appropriate, for programs and courses not presently
         covered by the transfer agreements.
•   Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board
     –   Provides advice on training and certification in designated trades and occupations, and on
         the needs of the Alberta labour market.
•   Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC)
     –   reviews all proposals for new degree programs from both public and private institutions to
         ensure they are of high quality before they are approved.
     –   conducts periodic evaluations of approved degree programs to ensure that quality standards
         continue to be met.
•   The Students Finance Board
     – The Students Finance Board advises the Minister of Advanced Education and
        Technology on matters relating to student financial assistance, under authority of
        the Students Finance Act. It also advises the Minister on scholarships under the
        Alberta Heritage Scholarship Act. The Board may also conduct investigations or
        research studies on issues relating to student financial assistance on the
        Minister's behalf.



                                                                               Legislative Assembly of Alberta
                                                                               http://www.assembly.ab.ca/pub/gdbook

				
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