Standing up for Alberta, Referendum on Equalization

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“Rachel Notley and Justin Trudeau do not respect Alberta’s authority over our natural resources. And their alliance has brought nothing but pain for Albertans and other Western Canadians. The United Conservatives will stand up for Alberta and challenge the constitutionality of Justin Trudeau’s ‘No More Pipelines’ Bill C-69. A United Conservative Government would not be defensive, passive, or apologetic. We will stand up for Alberta, our industries, and for the people who work so hard to keep Alberta strong and free.”

  • If Justin Trudeau’s Bill C-69 becomes law, a United Conservative government would challenge its constitutionality.
  • Premier Lougheed fought for the rights of provinces to develop our own natural resources. Premier Notley has surrendered this constitutional power. If she won’t stand up for Alberta, the United Conservatives will.
  • The United Conservatives will convey to all Premiers that the obstruction of Alberta’s energy industry violates the economic union of the Constitution. In such circumstances, Alberta will use the “Turn of the Taps” legislation.
  • A United Conservative government will build an interprovincial coalition of provinces who support jobs, pipelines, and our energy. The UCP has already begun reaching out to leaders in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, and the Northwest Territories in addition to opposition leaders in other provinces.
  • A United Conservative government would demand a fair deal for Alberta within Canada. If Bill C-69 is not mothballed and there is not substantial progress on a coastal pipeline, a UCP government would be prepared to hold a referendum on removing equalization from the Constitution of Canada on October 18, 2021.

For more detail, please see below.

The Notley/Trudeau alliance has brought nothing but pain for Albertans and other Western Canadians. Our energy industry, once the envy of the nation, has been under siege for the past four years. The effects have been crippling:

Statistics Canada reports that unemployment claims in Alberta were up by 4.3 per cent last month, and up by 5.4 per cent n Calgary.

Today, 183,000 Albertans are unemployed. Calgary has the highest unemployment of any Canadian city while Edmonton has the third highest. About 48,000 full time jobs have been lost in the last four months alone.

The majority of Albertans understand that there will be no meaningful turn around until the federal and provincial governments get serious about building pipelines, encouraging investment, and private sector job creation.

However, both the Prime Minister and Premier have taken numerous steps to prevent any growth in Alberta’s oil and gas sector.

Trudeau has openly mused that he wants to “phase out the oilsands.”

Meanwhile Notley who openly opposed the Northern Gateway and Keystone XL Pipelines, and appointed many other anti-energy activists to high-level positions within the government and public service.

Under Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley:

Canada surrendered to President Obama’s veto of Keystone XL, causing years of delays.

The previously approved Northern Gateway Pipeline was scrapped.

The Energy East Pipeline was regulated out of existence.

Foreign-funded opponents of our energy sector were empowered by the failed “social license” strategy.

BC’s NDP have been given carte blanche to delay and block the Trans Mountain pipeline, while continuing to receive hundreds of millions in federal infrastructure funding.

The government of Quebec has also been given a de facto veto over New Brunswick’s effort to revive the Energy East project, while receiving a $1.3 billion increase in equalization.

The unfair equalization program has been extended by five years.

The federal government “tanker ban” Bill C-48, and the “No More Pipelines” Bill C-69 were rammed through the House of Commons.

For her part, Premier Notley refuses speak up for Alberta. She refused to call for C-69 to be scrapped. She refused to call on the federal government to appeal the Federal Court suspension of Trans Mountain. She refused to call on the federal government to declare Trans Mountain a “national interest” project under Section 92(10)c of the Constitution. She refused to call on the federal government to withhold discretionary transfers from BC in response to anti pipeline obstructionism.

If Rachel Notley refuses to stand up for Alberta, United Conservatives will do so.

Should the federal government choose to impose Bill C-69, a United Conservative Government will immediately file a constitutional challenge to strike it down as a violation of Section 92 of the Constitution Act, which gives Alberta clear, exclusive jurisdiction over the production of oil and gas.

Section 92 reads, “In each province, the legislature may exclusively make laws in relation to

(a) exploration for non-renewable natural resources in the province;

(b) development, conservation and management of non-renewable natural resources and forestry resources in the province, including laws in relation to the rate of primary production therefrom.

Premier Lougheed fought hard to ensure this power was included in the Constitution.  Trudeau’s No More Pipelines Law is a direct assault on this power. By refusing to raise concerns about this Bill until after it was approved by the House of Commons, Premier Notley surrendered this critical constitutional power for no reason whatsoever.

Convey in no uncertain terms to all Premiers, including the Premier of British Columbia, that obstruction of Alberta’s energy violates the economic union of the Constitution. In such circumstances Alberta will use the “Turn off the Taps” legislation.

A United Conservative government will build an interprovincial coalition of provinces who support jobs, pipelines and our energy industry. The UCP has already begun reaching out to leaders in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Northwest Territories, in addition to and opposition leaders in other provinces.

In addition, the UCP will make pipeline construction and reviving Canada’s energy industry the top issue in federal provincial relations.

A United Conservative government will demand a fair deal for Alberta within Canada. If substantial progress is not made in construction of a coastal pipeline, and if Trudeau’s Bill C-69 is not mothballed, a United Conservative government will hold a referendum on removing equalization from the Constitution of Canada on October 18, 2021.

This referendum on Section 36(2) of the Constitution will be held pursuant to the Alberta Constitutional Referendum Act, invoking the Supreme Court of Canada’s Quebec Secession Reference of 1998.

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