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Canada Critics see flaws with Jason Kenney's proposal for 'fair deal' panel

08:20  13 november  2019
08:20  13 november  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

Kenney reveals 'fair deal' plan to assess Alberta-run pension, police and tax collection

  Kenney reveals 'fair deal' plan to assess Alberta-run pension, police and tax collection Alberta Premier Jason Kenney outlined on Saturday the mandate for a new panel that will study what the province should demand as a “fair deal for Alberta” in Confederation, including looking at ways that will take back provincial powers that have been ceded to Ottawa.  At a speech Saturday afternoon in Red Deer, Kenney said the panel would answer questions including whether or not Alberta should pull out of the Canada Pension Plan and form its own plan instead, create a provincial police force instead of relying on the RCMP for rural policing, and opt out of some cost-sharing programs with the federal government.

Premier Jason Kenney announced the creation of a Fair Deal Panel on Saturday, which will EDMONTON—Alberta’ s proposals for what Premier Jason Kenney calls a “ fair deal ” for the Kenney ’ s announcement is likely his most important since the beginning of his premiership in May

Kenney ’ s “ Fair Deal Panel ,” which will include former Reform Party leader Preston Manning, will consult with Albertans on ideas such as establishing a provincial revenue agency, withdrawing from the Canada Pension Plan in favour of a new provincial agency and establishing a formalized provincial

Jason Kenney et al. sitting in a chair wearing a suit and tie: Calgary Chamber of Commerce President Sandip Lalli speaks with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at an event on Oct 1, 2019.© Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia/File Calgary Chamber of Commerce President Sandip Lalli speaks with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at an event on Oct 1, 2019.

Alberta’s “fair deal” panel is drawing criticism from a business organization and from a politician who studied similar ideas the last time the province’s anger was running high.

The province’s Premier Jason Kenney announced the panel at an event this past weekend. The panel, which includes members of the legislature, former Reform party leader Preston Manning, academics and business people, will host public meetings and examine whether Alberta should take steps towards collecting its own taxes, set up its own pension plan or create a provincial police force instead of contracting with the RCMP.

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— Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has outlined the mandate for a new panel that will study what the Among the proposals to be considered is for Alberta to collect its own taxes within the province, rather than Members of Kenney ’ s new ‘ fair deal ’ panel . Preston Manning, founder of the Reform Party

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks to the media in Edmonton on Tuesday Oct. Those who see 33 per cent as a low number would prefer to test it against history. ' Fair Deal '. On Saturday, at the Manning Centre' s conference in Red Deer, Premier Jason Kenney began to repeat history.

The panel has a $650,000 budget and is set to report by March next year on the proposals.

The head of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce is not convinced it’s what the provincial economy needs.

“This is definitely politics over policy right now and I think the best thing for business is always certainty and having a fair deal panel creates a level of uncertainty,” said Sandip Lalli.

She said any of these measures would cost the province money to set up and create a regulatory burden on businesses going forward.

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has appointed former Reform Party leader Preston Manning to a new panel which will consider a wholesale rewriting Some of Mr. Kenney ’ s proposals for Alberta would have an impact on other Canadians, the premier said. The creation of an Alberta Pension Plan would

"Today' s remarks by Premier Jason Kenney are dangerous. He is intentionally stoking the fires of I believe Kenney has a coherent strategy behind his " Fair Deal ;" the purpose behind his promise of a Kenney is trying to channel the anger felt toward Ottawa into a comparatively harmless set of policy

“That’s big government and how does big government reconcile with open for business,” she said. “If these things get set up that’s the opposite of making it easy.”

Lalli said the government should be focusing on a competitive carbon tax plan that would see the province export carbon-reducing technology.

“We need to go further with how do we as a country, get to a place where we are working on reducing GHG emissions globally, as opposed to just reducing our emissions.”

She said the minority government could last longer than many people think and it does no good for Alberta to be in constant conflict.

“We need to think about it as a four-year government, so courting tension for four years doesn’t help Alberta and it doesn’t help Canada,” she said.

The province has studied these proposals once before. In 2003, then premier Ralph Klein created a “Committee on strengthening Alberta’s role in confederation,” when the long-gun registry, Kyoto protocol and the Canadian Wheat Board were top of mind concerns.

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Premier Jason Kenney said a new panel in Alberta would examine whether or not the province should withdraw from the Canada Pension Plan. That squares with previous comments Kenney has made on pensions, including during a Facebook livestream a little more than a week ago.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has appointed former Reform Party leader Preston Manning to a new panel which will consider a wholesale rewriting Some of Mr. Kenney ’ s proposals for Alberta would have an impact on other Canadians, the premier said. The creation of an Alberta Pension Plan would

Former Progressive Conservative MLA Doug Griffiths was on the committee and said none of the ideas hold up to scrutiny.

“Pretty much all of it was non-starters, I realized that a lot of the rhetoric that comes with it comes from anger,” he said. “That is the first time that I learned that your anger is a liar.”

The committee came at the start of Griffiths 13-year-run as an MLA. He said he had long thought the province was getting an unfair deal and should adopt all of the ideas, but close study showed they’re all flawed.

Doug Griffiths smiling for the camera:  Former MLA Doug Griffiths in 2002.© Larry Wong/Postmedia Former MLA Doug Griffiths in 2002.

An Alberta pension plan, for example, would struggle to match the 10 per cent rate of return the CAPP plan has seen Griffiths said. He said an Alberta plan would also be pushed to invest in provincial industries instead of creating a more diversified portfolio.

“Then when you have a downturn in the economy, you have a downturn in your pension plan.”

He said the government should be working to improve relations with other provinces and not create further areas for division.

“We don’t need anger. We don’t need fear. We need solutions,” he said.

Harrison Fleming, Kenney’s deputy press secretary, said the panel is only looking at the ideas.

“The panel has been tasked with examining proposals and garnering feedback,” he said in an email. “That said, the single biggest chill on investment in Alberta are the harmful policies emanating from Ottawa.”

Staff in Justin Trudeau’s office declined comment on the panel, saying only that the prime minister looked forward to meeting all of the premiers at the earliest opportunity.

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