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Canada John Ivison: When Jason Kenney speaks, Justin Trudeau would be well-advised to listen

07:20  11 december  2019
07:20  11 december  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

Jason Kenney invokes Ralph Klein in speech to UCP members at 1st AGM since election win

  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.

John Ivison : What Jason Kenney ’s election in Alberta means for Justin Trudeau . Hatcher said focus group participants did not quibble with the concept of climate change but felt Alberta’s best route to reducing overall emissions would be to supply markets in Asia heavily dependent on coal.

Jason Kenney was recently elected premier of Alberta after campaigning against Justin Trudeau ’s federal Liberals, rather than Rachel Notley’s provincial NDP. Now Trudeau is weighing the prospect of returning the favour.

Jason Kenney, Justin Trudeau are posing for a picture: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Dec. 10, 2019. © Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press Alberta Premier Jason Kenney meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Dec. 10, 2019.

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Jason Kenney is a deft exponent of funambulism – the fine art of political tightrope walking. The Alberta premier’s high wire act requires him to be suitably outraged at Ottawa’s anti-energy policies but not so aggrieved that he incites what he calls “the fear and anger roiling the Prairies”. 

Federal government set to announce agreement with Alberta over proposed heavy emitters carbon tax

  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.

When Justin Trudeau came to power, 29 million Canadians lived in provinces run by provincial Trudeau would be a fool to dismiss Kenney as just another tub-thumping populist blowhard with The UCP platform quotes academic Donald Savoie in pointing out that when Ottawa speaks about

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Kenney met with Justin Trudeau on Tuesday, as part of a Team Alberta delegation to the nation’s capital of eight ministers and 11 deputy ministers.

In his speech to the Canadian Club the day before, he made a convincing case for the federal government to take “meaningful action” to address the concerns of many Albertans about their place in the Canadian confederation.

Declaring himself “an unconditional and proud Canadian patriot”, Kenney played the gracious guest, while his host, deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland, scribbled furiously to keep up with the flow of statistics the premier deployed to make his case: Alberta’s oversized contribution to Canada (a net bestowal by its taxpayers of $23 billion a year); and, the human cost of its five years of stagnation (80,000 job loses in the energy sector, rising emergency visits for substance disorders, a per capita suicide rate 50 per cent higher than in Ontario).

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

  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.

The Liberals were elected, in part, on their promise to end Stephen Harper’s evident contempt for Parliament. Harper, the Liberals argued, treated Canada as an executive, rather than a parliamentary democracy.

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Kenney claimed the cause is not a low oil price – at around $60 it is relatively high by historic terms. The premier claimed the problem is federal government policies – from the cancellation of Northern Gateway to new environmental assessment legislation. His most partisan shot was castigating Trudeau for his mid-election rhetoric about fighting big oil companies.

But, in conciliatory mode, he said he is encouraged by Freeland’s efforts to allay the sense of marginalization felt by many Albertans. Now he is looking for Trudeau to turn this blossoming goodwill into action – namely, a firm deadline for the completion of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, $2 billion in an “equalization rebate” and “mitigation” of the environmental assessment act.

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.

Just as troubling, why didn’t the RCMP interview and secure statements from the individuals like former defence minister Jason Kenney , who appear to have That may well be the case, but there is sufficient circumstantial evidence to suggest the Liberals have attempted to, in the memorable words

That didn’t stop Justin Trudeau from pouncing on the announcement with glee. Trudeau was enthusiastic in his advocacy for deficit spending, suggesting being deeply in the red will actually help But I think we know the answer to that one. Leader Andrew Scheer speaks as the Conservative party

Kenney said nothing he is seeking is unreasonable. “We are simply asking for a fair deal within Canada,” he said.

Trudeau would be well-advised to listen. The antipathy of the two men toward one another is well known – the former Conservative minister once described the prime minister as having “the political depth of a finger-bowl”.

But Kenney is a safety valve for the separatist pressure building within Alberta and Trudeau’s best hope of preserving consensus in the confederation.

It may work in the short-term. But the backdrop is the diminishing global market for oil that means any premier of Alberta is going to seek to deflect blame toward external antagonists, as Kenney did recently when he pointed to a “political agenda emanating from Europe, which is trying to stigmatize development of hydrocarbon energy”.

Kenney tried to paint a positive picture in his summation of Alberta’s prospects, pointing out almost unanimous support for liquified natural gas across the country, including the premiers of British Columbia and Quebec. He also talked about measures taken to reduce energy intensity to make Canada “the last, best source of oil and gas”.

Alberta Premier set to make case directly to Trudeau for more federal action

  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.

TROIS RIVI È RES, QUE. – You might think it’s high time Justin Trudeau got real, in the dying days of a general election campaign when he is fighting for his political life. You’d be wrong. The two leading parties appear to be losing support as the campaign goes on, which is not the norm.

Both Quebec nationalists and Canadian conservatives were suspicious of Pierre Trudeau ’s multiculturalism policies — particularly the Liberal tradition of indulging cultural groups just long Former Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney reaching out to ethnic communities

There is truth to the claim about improved energy efficiency. A recent report by Canada’s Energy Regulator forecast energy use will grow by less than five per cent in the next 20 years, even as population grows at four times that rate. Assuming TMX proceeds and LNG exports begin from B.C. as scheduled, there will production growth in both gas and oil, where there have been significant improvements in emissions per barrel of oilsands crude.

Still, Kenney’s talk of being the “last, best source” of oil was designed for domestic political consumption. For all his bluster about eastern Canadians importing oil from a Saudi dictatorship, it is an inconvenient fact that Saudi oil is cleaner and cheaper. The sales pitch in Saudi Aramco’s recent IPO was that the kingdom’s state-owned oil company will be the last major standing in 30 years time because of its abundant, cheap and relatively clean supply (A Stanford University study ranked Saudi oil as lowest in carbon intensity of any major producer; Canada’s was fourth highest behind only Algeria, Venezuela and Cameroon. On price, Canada’s production costs are four times higher, according to Rystad Energy).

Kenney said on Monday that he accepts the imperative of climate change and that Alberta’s economy is in transition.

Trudeau should do everything in his power to help the premier re-orient his province.

• Email: jivison@postmedia.com | Twitter: IvisonJ

John Ivison: Morneau's deficits are ballooning before the Liberal spending promises even hit .
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