April 25, 2018 (Edmonton) – The tremendous power granted to government to control the flow of Alberta’s natural resources should have a defined end date, says Alberta Party Caucus energy critic Greg Clark.
“The powers granted to the minister by Bill 12 may be warranted given the extraordinary circumstances, but we can’t allow this to become the new normal,” said Clark. “Industry is right to be concerned with government having the ability to arbitrarily control where, how and to whom they sell their products over the long term.”
Clark said the Alberta Party Caucus will bring an amendment to Bill 12 at the earliest opportunity.
“We are proposing a sunset clause to expire the legislation, as well as a legislative review to ensure the bill is meeting its stated objectives,” said Clark. “These are common sense amendments, and I’m optimistic we can get broad support for them in the Legislature.”
Clark noted that similar legislation proposed by Saskatchewan has a sunset clause.
“Saskatchewan’s Bill 126 expires on January 31, 2019. They have made this a temporary measure that can be renewed if necessary.”
“My hope is the Alberta government will agree to the same reasonable limits for their bill.”
The Alberta Party Caucus is disappointed that repeated failures of political leadership at the federal and provincial levels have brought us to the point where such overreaching legislation is being considered. If the government is intent on passing it, our caucus will fight to make sure reasonable limits are included.
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