The United Conservative Party has made life a little easier and less costly for realtors in the province with its latest red tape reduction.
Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish announced Thursday, Aug. 8, that his ministry would direct the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) to stop proposed changes to signage requirements.
“I was frustrated to see a government agency like the Real Estate Council of Alberta trying to dictate something as simple as font size and logo placement to private sector businesses,” explained Nate Glubish, Minister of Service Alberta and MLA for Strathcona-Sherwood Park. “This was a change that would not provide any benefits or service improvements to Albertans buying or selling their homes and would have just been an increase in cost to some hard-working Albertans.”
The change would have regulated font size and logo size on real estate advertisements and home listing signs and Glubish said it would have been completely unnecessary and extremely costly for no reason.
“The Real Estate Council of Alberta is the government agency that is responsible for regulations in the real estate sector and has authority over that space but the key thing here was that I felt it was an overreach and making an arbitrary decision that didn’t add any value but simply added cost and that was the premise for me intervening,” Glubish explained.
The freshman MLA and minister said the change will not affect any homebuyers and most of the general public but realtor community will see the benefits of us intervening in the change.
“I’ve had a lot of feedback both personally and through my office from the realtor community and it has been overwhelmingly positive,” he said. “They’re grateful we’ve taken steps to remove this unnecessary burden and cost structure that was arbitrarily imposed on them by an overreaching government agency.”
Glubish said when there is no benefit to Albertans for a change and only a cost associated, it made no sense and his party will not stand for decisions that have no common sense behind them to be made by government agencies that report to his ministry
“The preliminary estimates we’ve seen from the realtor industry is that if this was imposed in the fall as scheduled in the fall it would have cost between $35-million to $50-million province wide in order to comply with this change,” explained Glubish. “You can see why I was so frustrated with a government agency to arbitrarily impose new rules and changes that would cost between $35-million and $50-million to comply with while delivering no value to Albertans in any way, shape or form and it is completely unreasonable which is why I decided to intervene.”
This latest move from the UCP is in line with the party’s government-wide red tape reduction strategy, which aims to cut regulations by one-third that was promised during the election. So far a 10-member panel has been set up to focus on red tape in tourism and hospitality and a nine-person panel looking into the oil and gas industry.
“The red tape reduction commitment is government-wide and is very comprehensive and will take a lot of work,” he said. “In the last 100 days, we’ve taken a lot of steps government-wide and in my ministry of Service Alberta to eliminate unnecessary red tape, which reduces the cost on everyday Albertans and makes life better for everyday Albertans.”
Additional panels will be set up in the future to look at small businesses, agriculture, forestry, construction, manufacturing and the non-profit sector.
Glubish said he is proud of his party’s accomplishments so far and said you can expect to hear more about reductions in the near future.
“This was a big part of our platform commitment and we’ve made a lot of progress on that and a number of other platform commitments,” explained Glubish. “We’re seven per cent into our mandate and we’ve completed 17 per cent of our election commitments and promises so far in that time and I’m very proud of the track record of our government in the last 100 days.”
He said he is looking forward to the full legislative session this fall where they plan to get a number of other platform commitments completed.