While the principle of equalization is enshrined in the constitution, the actual formula by which the transfer is calculated is a matter of federal legislation, and one that is up for review in 2019. The mere threat of a constitutional renegotiation might be enough to earn Alberta some concessions.
“If the federal government pursues a tax on our energy industry — the carbon tax — if it doesn’t roll back the NEB’s outrageous expansion of its mandate, and if it refuses to fundamentally change the equalization formula in 2019 I would be prepared to hold a referendum.”
Those two issues are both vote winners in Alberta. Jason Kenney’s experience as a Federal cabinet minister gives him directly relevant experience in negotiating federal-provincial agreements. His thoughts on the matter illustrate his willingness to defend the rights of Albertans on issues that matter.
Hopefully, UCP members understand that Jason Kenney is the best choice to defend Alberta’s interests when negotiating with Ottawa.
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