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.
OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau said he ' s not going to engage with Jason Kenney after the former Conservative MP mocked the prime minister this week for His speech glossed over his charmed upbringing and early immersion in politics. He said he was eight when he and Trudeau Sr. were
Jason Kenney said Justin Trudeau has the “political depth of a finger bowl.” Sarah Kraus has more. “I was using colourful language to respond to a question about his understanding of this issue,” he said . “I was asked about whether I think the prime minister understands the complexity of the pipeline
The good news for Albertans is that Premier Jason Kenney isn’t feeling pessimistic after his meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The bad news is that he’s not exactly feeling optimistic either.
“Realistic,” is how he put it when speaking to reporters after the lengthy chat in the prime minister’s office on Tuesday, which lasted for more than an hour.
Kenney’s demeanour was an obvious contrast to Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, who came out of his meeting with Trudeau nearly a month ago fuming about how disappointed he was. Kenney, on the other hand, mentioned several times that he appreciates Trudeau’s willingness to listen to his concerns.
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.
EDMONTON — Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney is standing by his personal attack on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau , whom he called empty and clueless. Kenney says , from his experience, Trudeau struggles with nuanced political issues
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“We had a very frank conversation about the ongoing economic crisis in Alberta and the impact that has on the Canadian prosperity and, frankly, the unity of our country as well,” said Kenney. “I appreciate that the prime minster listened and seemed to be responsive on a number of points.”
The Alberta premier had a number of big requests for Trudeau, with the most important being a firm commitment on when the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will be completed. With the Alberta economy still recovering from a deep economic decline, the extra barrels of oil the pipeline will move to the Pacific coast have become the dominant issue in the province.
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.
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Kenney said while he ’ s encouraged by efforts so far in Trudeau ’s government to connect with his government, “we need to see meaningful action.” Kenney ’s list of demands includes: A firm timeline for the completion of Trans Mountain’s expansion and a commitment by Ottawa to bring in First Nations
Kenney had no firm date to announce after the meeting, but Trudeau did note that shovels are already in the ground and construction is underway on the pipeline.
Kenney also wants changes to the federal fiscal stabilization fund, which provides extra money to provinces experiencing a short-term economic decline. He told Trudeau he wants the cap on the program lifted and $2.4 billion worth of retroactive payments to Alberta to make up for being shortchanged during the recent recession.
Kenney has been referring to it as an “equalization rebate” and a way for the federal government to show it appreciates Alberta’s outsized contributions to the federal coffers. Last week, all the provinces agreed to raise the issue with Trudeau.
“We already got unanimity across the country. Miracles will never cease,” said Kenney.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Monday that he is open to listening to the concerns of the provinces on fiscal stabilization when the provincial finance ministers meet on Monday. Kenney said he received “no specific guarantee” on tweaks to the program, other than a willingness to look at it.
Alberta Premier set to make case directly to Trudeau for more federal action
OTTAWA — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are set to meet face-to-face today for the first time since voters in that province threw out all of its Liberal MPs. Kenney had made the case for months leading up to the federal election that the Liberals were — at their peril — ignoring the concerns of the West but the election result brought the reality of that anger to the fore. Now Kenney is seeking to channel it for good, bringing Trudeau a list today of five demands he says must be met to get the Alberta and Canadian economies back up to speed.
Throughout his election campaign to become premier of Alberta, United Conservative leader Jason Kenney used Justin Trudeau at virtually every husting he visited to literally sneer at the mere mention of his name. The prime minister was Kenney ’ s trump card.
Premier Jason Kenney warned official Ottawa Thursday that the Trudeau government' s overhaul of environmental assessments threatens national unity. Had Kenney kept his commitment to lifting that cap, Trudeau would have had a much harder time approving the expansion this summer.
A recent surge in Western alienation also dominated the meeting.
Kenney told reporters that he urged Trudeau to take the concerns of Albertans seriously, citing poll numbers showing that a third of the province saying they’d be better off splitting from Canada than staying in the federation.
“The prime minister agrees that we must not ignore those sentiments,” said Kenney, who has repeatedly noted that Albertans feel unappreciated and neglected by the rest of the federation.
Kenney also lobbied for the federal approval of the massive Frontier Mine oil sands project proposed by Teck Resources and suggested that this “simple ratification” would be a litmus test for Albertans wondering if their federal government has got their back.
“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,” said Kenney, saying he needed urgent action from the federal government ahead of the February deadline for approval.
Next few weeks a test for Alberta-Ottawa relations, Jason Kenney says
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. NextKenney 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.
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Trudeau told Kenney that he’s aware of the deadline and that the federal government is working on the file with that in mind.
“I am somebody who always tries to be hopeful but that’s hard for a lot of Albertans who have been out of work for four years,” said Kenney.
Also on the list of issues that Kenney brought to Ottawa is a request to rewrite Bill C-69, which modified environmental assessments for large energy projects, and a complete scrapping of the government’s tanker ban law, which effectively bans Canadian oil exports from B.C.’s north coast.
Kenney expressed some optimism on Bill C-69.
“While the prime minster is not going to repeal the bill, as we would prefer, he did agree to work with us on its application, on the regulations and on the project list,” said Kenney. “So on a number of issues he’s indicated an openness and we appreciate that but we will be continuing to push our vital economic interests with vigour.”
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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.