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Canada Kenney and eight cabinet ministers off to Ottawa to demand 'fair deal' for Alberta

08:21  07 december  2019
08:21  07 december  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

Kenney and cabinet ministers in Ottawa to meet federal counterparts

  Kenney and cabinet ministers in Ottawa to meet federal counterparts OTTAWA — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and eight of his cabinet ministers will be in Ottawa today as part of a trip to meet their federal counterparts. Kenney will speak at the Canadian Club this afternoon and later host a reception. He is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday to discuss issues ranging from pipelines to equalization. Kenney has said he will bring up with Trudeau a resolution passed unanimously at the recent meeting of provincial leaders to consider changes to the fiscal stabilization fund.

Kenney highlighted the value Alberta brings to the Canadian economy and earned support from his colleagues on considering changes to With more provinces supporting key parts of Alberta ’s fight for a fair deal , we will demand action from the federal government as we head to Ottawa next week

Red Deer, Alta. — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has outlined 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 .

Jason Kenney wearing a suit and tie: Premier Jason Kenney speaks about an upcoming government trip to Ottawa during a press conference at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton on Friday.© Ian Kucerak Premier Jason Kenney speaks about an upcoming government trip to Ottawa during a press conference at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton on Friday.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and a delegation of 18 other cabinet ministers and civil servants are heading to Ottawa next week to ask the federal government to act now on “priority urgent” issues to the province.

“The message that I will be carrying on behalf of Albertans to Ottawa next week is that we need to see action,” Kenney told reporters at a Friday press conference. “And we are not seeking a special deal. We are seeking a fair deal.”

Kenney said he wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to commit to a fixed completion date for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which will nearly triple the volume of oil it can move from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. When previous pipeline owner Kinder Morgan became spooked by court challenges, the Trudeau government bought the pipeline last year for $4.5 billion.

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will meet Tuesday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa to discuss Kenney says he and eight of his cabinet ministers and other senior officials will be in Ottawa on Monday “And yet we are not getting a fair deal with the blockage of pipelines (and) with

Service to bring Team Alberta to Ottawa to reciprocate the offer made by Deputy Prime Minister Freeland to get into a serious conversation about the frustration in Alberta and how we can try to find common ground to get a get a fair deal for Alberta and get this economy back to work. so we'll be I'll

In light of Canadian premiers’ unanimity earlier this week that federal transfers need a bigger cushion from economic volatility, Kenney will request the federal government retroactively lift a per-capita cap on the federal fiscal stabilization program. He’s asking for five years’ worth of rebates that add up to $2.4 billion.

He’s “hopeful” the federal government is open to a discussion about program reform, he said.

A refund would be a fair compromise, given Alberta’s outsized contribution to equalization and social programs in other provinces, he said Friday.

If the rest of Canada wants to continue to benefit from Alberta’s oil and gas revenues, “Ottawa needs to unleash us to be able to develop our resources, get to global markets, get a fair price from them and not tie us down with an endless number of new laws and regulations that inhibit our responsible resource sector,” he said.

'It's about time Ottawa started working for Alberta,' Kenney says, touting a 5-point plan

  'It's about time Ottawa started working for Alberta,' Kenney says, touting a 5-point plan Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has visited Ottawa with a detailed plan for federal support that he says will help his province grapple with a prolonged commodity price slump that has left the economy reeling. Speaking at a lunchtime reception in Ottawa, Kenney said for decades Alberta has been an outsized contributor to the Canadian economy and the federal treasury, and now it's time for Ottawa to lend some support by implementing a five-point plan Kenney has dubbed the "fair deal for Alberta.""We've have been working for Ottawa for too long; and it's about time Ottawa started working for Alberta," Kenney said.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will meet Tuesday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa to discuss issues ranging from pipelines to equalization. Kenney says he and eight of his cabinet ministers will be in the nation’s capital early next week to meet with their counterparts and push for

RED DEER—Jason Kenney warned Ottawa that one reason he’s fighting hard for a “ fair deal ” and promising a potential referendum is because separatist sentiment in Alberta could “We are going to make it very clear to Prime Minister Trudeau that if we do not get the completion of a coastal pipeline

Kenney called again for Trudeau to revisit Bill C-69, proclaimed into law in late August, which changes environmental assessments for large energy projects, and a tanker ban off B.C.’s north coast that Kenney says disproportionately targets Alberta. The Alberta government is challenging Bill C-69 in court.

Among “several dozen” items on Kenney’s wish list are a strategy to give Indigenous communities a stake in oil pipeline projects, funds for orphan well reclamation and an equivalency agreement for Alberta’s methane regulations.
a person standing in a room:  Premier Jason Kenney speaks about an upcoming government trip to Ottawa during a press conference at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Photo by Ian Kucerak/Postmedia© Ian Kucerak Premier Jason Kenney speaks about an upcoming government trip to Ottawa during a press conference at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Photo by Ian Kucerak/Postmedia

Large delegation

Along for the ride will be Finance Minister Travis Toews, Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon, Energy Minister Sonya Savage, Labour and Immigration Minister Jason Copping, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen, Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer, Indigenous Relations Minister Rick Wilson and Children’s Services Minister Rebecca Schulz. Another 10 deputy ministers and other senior officials are also going.
Kenney will give a speech Monday at the Canadian Club of Ottawa, followed by a meeting with Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.
On Tuesday, he’ll meet with federal conservative leader Andrew Scheer, Alberta’s conservative MPs and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Meanwhile, Alberta ministers and deputy ministers will meet with their federal counterparts, Kenney said.
Kenney will return to Calgary Tuesday night. The government does not yet have a cost estimate for the delegation’s trip.
Deron Bilous, NDP critic for economic development, trade and tourism, said Friday that taking a third of Alberta’s cabinet to Ottawa is a “publicity stunt” that wastes tax dollars and is unlikely to yield success.
“The province has a great deal of ability to influence both job creation and also support from the federal government,” Bilous told reporters. “This premier’s approach has been totally antagonistic, picking a fight with Ottawa. I don’t, as of yet, see the benefits of their current approach.”
Bilous said Kenney should be taking more steps to diversify Alberta’s economy by investing in innovation, which is also favoured by the federal government. Alberta’s dependence on the oil and gas sector was also a factor cited by Moody’s as it downgraded the province’s credit rating earlier this week.
The United Conservative Party government cut Alberta Innovates’ budget by about 27 per cent. It was “short sighted” for the government to eliminate tax credits for clean technology and digital animation companies, Bilous said.
jfrench@postmedia.com

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