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Voters Will Decide if Alberta Needs a “Constitutional Shield” Against Ottawa
Albertans will make a historic choice in the May 2023 provincial election: Whether to support the UCP’s signature law, the Alberta Sovereignty within a United Canada Act, or look for other ways to advance the province’s interests.
The government of Danielle Smith, who won the race to replace Jason Kenney as UCP leader in October by advocating stronger pushback against Ottawa’s tightening grip in areas of provincial jurisdiction, passed Bill 1 in December, after removing a provision that gave the provincial cabinet the power to bypass the legislature and rewrite laws.
The Act will be used “to stand up to federal government overreach and interference in areas of provincial jurisdiction, including in the areas of private property, natural resources, agriculture, firearms, regulation of the economy and delivery of health, education and other social programs,” Premier Smith said. Saskatchewan has passed a similar law, the Saskatchewan First Act.
“Albertans are proud Canadians, and we love our nation dearly,” Smith said. “The Canadian Constitution is clear that the federal and provincial governments are equals, each with our own areas of exclusive jurisdiction. The Act will be used as a constitutional shield to protect Albertans from federal overreach that is costing Alberta’s economy billions of dollars each year in lost investment and is costing Alberta families untold jobs and opportunities.”
A top target of the Act is the federal government’s Bill C-69, or Impact Assessment Act, dubbed by critics as the No More Pipelines Law. Its expanded regulations and timelines have discouraged new energy projects.
The Alberta Act is controversial inside and outside the province. It was opposed by Smith’s top leadership rivals, who proposed other ways to keep Ottawa in check.
Rachel Notley, leader of the NDP opposition, said she would immediately revoke the “job-killing” law if elected.
“This act is only creating instability and uncertainty in our economy at a pivotal time. We simply cannot afford this,” Notley said. Instead, “We will maintain the most competitive general tax rate in the country while establishing and re-establishing and enhancing tax incentives focused on new growth and new jobs.” Those include re-instating the Alberta Investor Tax Credit and the Interactive Digital Media Tax and creating a “future tax credit” to attract large capital projects in “emerging industrial sectors.”
Meanwhile, the Onion Lake Cree Nation, an Alberta Indigenous band, has said it would challenge the Act in the courts, alleging it breaches its treaty and constitutional rights.
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This May, my vote will go to the party that is looking to our future instead of our past, is willing to adapt to the social and economic ideals that are moving us forward and ensures our province will be ready for the world yet to come.
The Millennial voting block (ages 26 – 41) is the largest and most powerful in the coming Alberta 2023 election. We have grown up enough, and have enough irons in the fire, that we will show up at the polls on election day.
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