The Spring Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Twenty-Seventh Legislature, which commenced on February 22, 2011, and adjourned on May 12, 2011, lasted 34 sitting days, or 153 sitting hours. During the sitting, the Assembly passed 19 Government Bills, three Private Bills and one Private Members' Bill. One Government Bill and seven Private Members' Public Bills, along with other Private Members' business items, remained on the Order Paper upon the adjournment of the sitting. The Fourth Session commenced with the Speech from the Throne, delivered for the first time by Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. The Speech from the Throne emphasized the need for the Province of Alberta to meet the challenges of a changing global economy and highlighted the new importance of Asia as a market for Alberta's export products. The Speech from the Throne also made note of the importance of investing in infrastructure and enhancing the global competitiveness of Alberta industry. In addition, the Speech from the Throne identified the education system, investments in the workforce, environmental stewardship in the oil sands, water management and clean energy technology, ongoing support for the public healthcare system, and the fostering of safe and vibrant communities as priority areas for the Government of Alberta.