Notley kicked out of Alberta legislature for comment on election watchdog firing
EDMONTON — Alberta NDP Opposition Leader Rachel Notley has been kicked out of the legislature chamber after she refused to apologize for comments about the United Conservative government firing the province's election watchdog. Notley told the house that Government House Leader Jason Nixon was making misleading statements on why the government was firing Lorne Gibson during Gibson's investigation of UCP fundraising misdeeds. Notley told the house that Government House Leader Jason Nixon was making misleading statements on why the government was firing Lorne Gibson during Gibson's investigation of UCP fundraising misdeeds.
CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is dismissing concerns over a new law that fired the man who was Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley said a letter has been sent to Resler asking that he provide Elections Alberta ’s mention of budgetary considerations in its statement means there’s no
EDMONTON — Alberta ’s Opposition NDP is asking the ethics commissioner to ban the entire United Conservative caucus from voting on a bill that would fire the province’s election watchdog . Leader Rachel Notley says UCP caucus members are all in a conflict of interest because they would all
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney clashed with the Opposition NDP on his first day back in the legislature since his government fired the election commissioner who was investigating Kenney's United Conservative Party.
"Our Constitution is founded on the rule of law, and (Kenney) is now the absolute textbook case of what it looks like when you break the rule of law," NDP Leader Rachel Notley said during question period Monday.
Kenney was on a trade mission in Texas last week when his government introduced, debated, and passed an omnibus bill that included the firing of election commissioner Lorne Gibson.
Alberta premier ousted from legislature hasn't decided when she'll return
EDMONTON — Alberta Opposition Leader Rachel Notley says she hasn't decided when she will return to the legislature chamber. Notley was tossed out on Tuesday for refusing to apologize after accusing government house leader Jason Nixon of misleading the house. Notley says the Speaker's office has made it clear to her that she must apologize before she will be allowed back. Notley was ousted during questions about a bill that directs electionNotley was tossed out on Tuesday for refusing to apologize after accusing government house leader Jason Nixon of misleading the house.
CALGARY — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is dismissing concerns over a new law that fired the man who was Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley said a letter has been sent to Resler asking that he provide Elections Alberta 's mention of budgetary considerations in its statement means there's no
Alberta ’s Opposition NDP is asking the ethics commissioner to ban the entire United Conservative caucus from voting on a bill that would fire the election watchdog . Bill 22 would fire Gibson and move the election commissioner job back under the auspices of Chief Electoral Officer Glen Resler.
Gibson had issued more than $200,000 in fines tied to fundraising violations in the 2017 UCP leadership race, which was won by Kenney before he was elected premier this year.
The RCMP has been conducting a separate investigation into whether voter ID fraud was committed during the leadership campaign.
The bill moved rapidly thorough the house. The government invoked time limits on all three stages of debate. It was signed into law on Friday.
Kenney looked at his notes, chatted with ministers beside him and waved to people in the gallery during Notley's attacks on Monday. He told the house she was wrong and that the bill is about streamlining government.
Notley is still upset she lost the provincial election in April, he said.
Alberta NDP seek ruling to ban UCP from voting on bill to fire election watchdog
EDMONTON — Alberta's Opposition NDP is asking the ethics commissioner to ban the entire United Conservative caucus from voting on a bill that would fire the province's election watchdog. Leader Rachel Notley says UCP caucus members are all in a conflict of interest because they would all benefit from having Election Commissioner Lorne Gibson's contract terminated.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said any public backlash to the removal of the province’s election watchdog The opposition New Democrats had tried to derail the legislation over the course of this week Opposition Leader Rachel Notley said Mr. Kenney’s government was being dishonest and
Today, The most corrupt & undemocratic leader in Canadian politics ever, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney dismissed public backlash over him firing election watchdog who is investigating him for election crimes as: ‘MISREPORTING’ https
"We are keeping our word to consolidate redundant agencies, boards and commissions, and the position we took (in Opposition) consistently opposed two separate election bureaucracies."
The new legislation restores the role of an election commissioner, who investigates breaches of election laws, but under the auspices of chief electoral officer Glen Resler.
Resler's office has said that all investigations will continue.
The NDP made last-ditch attempts to stop the bill, including asking ethics commissioner Marguerite Trussler to rule the entire UCP caucus was in a conflict of interest and shouldn't vote on it.
Trussler wrote back to say she would need more information to investigate. But she did urge legislature members who have been questioned by the RCMP or the election commissioner to tread carefully.
The NDP also asked Mitchell not to sign the bill on the grounds the government was acting unlawfully, but she refused.
Scheer criticizes Liberal cabinet lineup while Kenney, Ford congratulate the new team
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer scoffed at the composition of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new federal cabinet Wednesday, saying the presence of many of the same faces will result in the same failures as his last government."The cabinet he unveiled today is a bigger and more bloated version of the same one that helped create an affordability crisis for Canadian families, attacked our energy sector and put thousands of Canadians out of work, and set the stage for a national unity crisis," Scheer said in a statement.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks at the Rural Municipalities of Alberta conference in Edmonton on Nov. Bill 22 does many things, but its most controversial provision is one to remove Lorne Gibson, the man who was the province’s election commissioner until Friday.
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Kenney accused Notley on Monday of abusing democratic norms by asking Mitchell to step outside her traditional role.
"The NDP leader is just reaching beyond the point of desperation now," he said.
"She was seeking to break the Constitution of Canada by encouraging the lieutenant-governor to ignore the democratic will of the elected people of Alberta."
Debate over the bill was heated.
Notley was ordered out of the chamber last Tuesday by Speaker Nathan Cooper after she accused government house leader Jason Nixon of misleading the house by saying the bill propose firing anyone.
Alleging a fellow member is misleading the house is a rule violation. And, after being kicked out, a member by tradition must apologize before being allowed back.
Notley returned to the house Monday with some contrition, but no apology.
"I used unparliamentary language when I said the house leader was misleading the house," Notley told Cooper.
"While I retain my position that the house leader was incorrect when he suggested Bill 22 did not fire anyone, I respect the rules and traditions of this chamber and as such I withdraw my comment."
Cooper accepted Notley's statement and she was allowed to stay.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 25, 2019.
Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press
Rachel Notley calls for one-on-one debate with Kenney on healthcare cuts .
The leader of the Official Opposition is calling on Jason Kenney to a one-on-one debate, following what the NDP call "devastating" public health care cuts."We know the UCP want to hide from the serious consequences of their health care to Alberta families. That’s why these cuts came out after the budget debate," Rachel Notley said in a Facebook post.