Jason Kenney invokes Ralph Klein in speech to UCP members at 1st AGM since election win
Alberta is taking a gradual approach to balancing its budget while protecting programs that matter most, Premier Jason Kenney told delegates at the United Conservative Party's annual general meeting in Calgary on Saturday. "Some of this will be controversial, some of it will invite protests, saw one today," Kenney told the hundreds of members assembled in Calgary. "But I'm reminded of what premier Ralph Klein used to say. 'If a day goes by and there's not a protest, I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong.
Kenney slams Ottawa 's handling of pipelines: UCP leader says Alberta deserves more than the 'faint hope' " Jason Kenney has a much more controversial relationship to intergovernmental relations Kenney looks around as he sits next to Trudeau during an event marking International Holocaust
A few weeks ago we noted that new Alberta Premier Jason Kenney had his work cut out for him. Writing mostly of the energy file, a month ago, our editorial said , “ Alberta has chosen a new premier who is eager and able to correct the NDP’s economic (and other) policy mistakes at home, (but) those
OTTAWA — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney left a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday with no firm commitments on the five demands he put on the table but with an air of accomplishment nonetheless, saying he felt their long-awaited face-to-face meeting was frank and realistic.
Kenney said the next few weeks will be a critical time for Trudeau to prove the Liberals are serious about addressing critical issues for the province.
Next week, federal and provincial finance ministers are to meet. On the table are proposed reforms to a federal "fiscal stabilization" program that tops up provincial revenues in the face of sudden shocks, a program all the premiers say needs to be amended.
Federal government set to announce agreement with Alberta over proposed heavy emitters carbon tax
OTTAWA — At least one of the many points of friction between Alberta and Ottawa could soon be abated as the federal government prepares to announce an agreement with the province that will allow Premier Jason Kenney to proceed with his own version of an industrial carbon tax. This means the Trudeau government would not force its own tax on heavy emitters in the province against Alberta’s wishes. However, the Trudeau government is still set to force its federal carbon tax for consumers on Albertans in January, which the Kenney government is challenging before the courts.
Alberta UCP leader Jason Kenney speaks at Total Energy Services in Leduc Alta. on March 19 Kenney further says if he becomes premier, he would also call for Ottawa to cut federal income He says that would allow Alberta to raise its tax rates to give Albertans more control over their own money.
Find Alberta government services and information. Premier Kenney will meet with Prime Minister Trudeau, and provincial cabinet ministers with federal counterparts as they press for a fair deal for Alberta within Canada.
Kenney said he wants action on that and a decision from the federal cabinet on the development of a proposed oilsands mine in northern Alberta known as the Frontier project. The deadline for a decision on whether it can proceed is the end February. Kenney said it would bring thousands of jobs and billions in revenue if it gets a green light.
"The next few weeks will be critical in determining the seriousness of this federal government to respond to the deep and legitimate concerns in Western Canada," he said after a nearly hour long meeting in Trudeau's Parliament Hill office.
Trudeau's special representative for the Prairies, Winnipeg Liberal MP Jim Carr, also sat in on the meeting, which he described as warm and an obvious effort on the part of both sides to find some common ground.
Kenney and eight cabinet ministers off to Ottawa to demand 'fair deal' for Alberta
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.
" Alberta will be taking a more long-term posture of assertiveness within the federation,” Mr. Kenney In last week ’s Throne Speech, Governor-General Julie Payette read many urgent paragraphs about Alberta seeks an easier path for environmental approvals of natural resource projects, an end to a
Kenney will focus on Bills C-69 and Bills C-48, which he defines as "no pipelines" legislation, and he will ask the Prime Minister for a fixed completion date of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Edmonton, Alta to Burnaby Kenney meeting Trudeau in Ottawa to fight for 'fair deal' for Alberta .
Carr said the government is open to addressing Alberta's concerns, including how new environmental laws will be implemented. Among the changes Kenney wants is amendments to the list of projects that would be covered by what's known as Bill C-69.
Carr stopped short of promising that, only that the Liberals are keeping an open mind.
"An open mind means let's have a conversation," he said.
The tone of both Kenney and Carr's remarks was markedly different than the aftermath of a meeting nearly a month ago between the premier of Saskatchewan and Trudeau.
Scott Moe and Trudeau met just a few weeks after a federal election that saw the Liberals shut out of both Alberta and Saskatchewan, and much talk and debate over Western alienation as a result.
Moe strode out of his meeting frustrated, saying he saw no evidence the Liberals were prepared to do anything different in the wake of the election. His ire prompted an unusually lengthy statement on the meeting from the Trudeau's office, as it sought to push back against the idea they were deaf to Western concerns.
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.
Alberta UCP leadership candidate Jason Kenney says it's not up to Notley to dictate how sex education is taught in the Catholic school system. Karl Germann, president of the Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta , declined comment, saying as an administrator it's not his place to
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney , seen here, said he hopes Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson is 'not surrendering Canada’s interest before even getting to the Mr. Kenney was in Ottawa for a two-day trip. He will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday. With reports from Justine Hunter.
But since, Trudeau has appointed Carr to a new position of Western ambassador, and also revived the long-dormant position of deputy prime minister, handing it to his trusted lieutenant, Chrystia Freeland, Alberta-born and also now tasked with easing tensions.
Meanwhile, all the premiers have also met to find some consensus on how to drive the federal-provincial relationship forward. All will sit down with Trudeau in the new year.
Kenney said Tuesday that the consensus which emerged at the premiers meeting is something Trudeau must harness, and the ball is now back in the federal court to make the changes the province are demanding.
Kenney had walked into the meeting with Trudeau with five specific requests: changes to the fiscal-stabilization program, reforms to environmental protection laws, an agreement that Alberta's methane regulations were good enough to meet federal standards, an expansion of financial instruments to help investment, and a firm deadline to get the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion functioning.
He'd said before the meeting he didn't expect firm written commitments on any, just a sense the government would act on all fronts.
On the pipeline deadline demand, however, they aren't.
Carr said discussions on the pipeline took up a significant part of the meeting, and Kenney was given assurances the government remains fully committed to getting it up and running.
But he said giving a fixed date for its completion was folly, given the enormity of the construction project.
"The commitment is the commitment that I'm making now: this is what the government believes to be good for Alberta and for Canada. We invested $4.5 billion in the pipeline, we'll see the pipeline through because we understand the importance of expanding our export markets."
Kenney is nearly the last of the premiers to meet with Trudeau since the federal election.
Trudeau also met Premier Stephen McNeil of Nova Scotia on Tuesday and is expected to sit down with the premier of Quebec soon.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 10, 2019.
Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press
Jason Kenney heads to London to promote Alberta's energy to international markets .
EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney heads to the UK today for a trip his office says will highlight the province's "responsible energy sector" and to counter what Kenney says is a campaign against investment in the oilsands. A news release says Kenney will speak with international business leaders and financial institutions during the three-day trip to London to "reassert investment confidence in Alberta's economy." It says the meetings willA news release says Kenney will speak with international business leaders and financial institutions during the three-day trip to London to "reassert investment confidence in Alberta's economy.