By Cole Parkinson
Westwind Weekly News
Alberta MLAs converged on Edmonton in late November for the latest sitting of the Legislative Assembly. While the sitting was scheduled to go until Dec. 22, the sitting was officially concluded on Dec. 15.
Looking at the fall 2022 slate, Taber-Warner MLA Grant Hunter had a few things at the top of his list in terms of highlights. The first of which was Bill 1 — the Alberta Sovereignty Act within a United Canada Act.
“We just passed the Alberta Sovereignty Act within a United Canada Act — that was the first piece of legislation that was passed. Then there are six other pieces of legislation that we are trying to pass before December 22,” he explained.
Hunter was also excited about the discussion around Bill 3 — Property Rights Statutes Amendment Act. This act would prevent people who aren’t the registered owners of a piece of property from taking ownership of it through claims of adverse possession (commonly called squatter’s rights) after occupying it for at least 10 years.
“One of the ones I’m quite excited to see on the docket is an adverse position piece of legislation. This is squatter’s rights and the squatter rights in Alberta. With property rights it’s hard enough to get enough money to buy property, nobody has the right to be squatting on your land and take away your land that you purchased. We have these very antiquated laws in Alberta — one of the very few jurisdictions that still has them on the books — and I have been advocating for probably seven and a half years now to get rid of those squatter rights. It looks like we’re getting to that point now,” he said. “That is one I’m excited about and justice is now bringing that forward to get it done.”
Bill 3 saw third reading carried on Dec. 13