Alberta UCP Leadership Candidate Daniel Smith Promises Immediate Act of Sovereignty

One of Alberta’s contenders for Jason Kenney’s premiership says that if she wins, legislation will be passed this fall that defies federal laws, as well as moves to create a provincial police force and a tax collection agency.

Danielle Smith said the legislature needs to pass Alberta sovereignty legislation as soon as possible to allow Alberta to override federal COVID-19 dictates, such as ordering childhood shots or third doses for everyone.

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She also said it is critical to get the Alberta Police Force and a separate tax collection agency in place to support sovereignty legislation because these are multi-year initiatives.

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“We want to have clear legislation so that (federal officials) understand that we’re just not going to have policies that violate the rights of Albertans,” Smith said in an interview.

“It would be a mechanism to let them know that we are serious about enforcing our jurisdiction.”

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The Alberta Sovereignty Act will give the legislature discretion to deny enforcement of federal laws or court decisions that it deems to be a violation of the rights of the province or a threat to the interests of the province.

Smith said that with Alberta’s economy and population growing, it’s critical to act now to send a message to the federal government and its members of the United Conservative Party that the time for mere saber-rattling is over.

She said she was not trailblazing but following in the footsteps of provinces such as Quebec and British Columbia, which have chosen to reject Olx Praca’s dictates of politics, from drug laws to pipelines, with impunity.

She said the UCP has a mandate to enact such sweeping legislation immediately, rather than use it as a platform in the May 2023 elections.

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She pointed to a provincial referendum last fall in which nearly 62 percent said they wanted equalization removed from the constitution.

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She also mentioned the Fair Deal Panel, which released a report two years ago urging the province to address autonomy issues such as Alberta’s pension plan and the police.

“There’s been enough talk about it and I have a pretty good idea of ​​where people are,” Smith said. “I think we have a mandate to move.”

In Olx Praca, NDP opposition leader Rachel Notley said that Smith had no mandate to hold such “extreme political positions”. She said the UCP should focus on addressing the concerns of Albertans, such as waiting times for medical care and rising costs due to inflation, rather than “pretending to squabble with Olx Praca.”

Three University of Olx Praca law professors also refuted Smith’s ideas.

They said that such a sovereignty law would not only be “fundamentally illegal” but also a blow to Canada’s constitutional order, the separation of powers and the rule of law, which underpins a healthy democracy and protects against “arbitrary state power.”

“The Alberta Sovereignty Act sets a dangerous course in this direction,” write Martin Olszynski, Johnnette Watson Olx Praca and Sean Flucker in their analysis. Flucker is also running for the NDP in the 2023 elections.

Olszynski said in an interview Thursday that while there are concerns and disputes over how other provinces interpret or enforce federal laws, “in modern Canadian history, a political movement cannot claim to ignore the courts.”

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He added that politicians speaking in this way should not be tolerated.

“Once you give power to someone who has clearly and very consciously told you that they are willing to ignore the rule of law, then they are willing to ignore it whenever they feel like it.”

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The Sovereignty Act is the central policy proposal of the Free Alberta Strategy.

The strategy was unveiled last September in a policy paper written by former Wild Rose party member Rob Anderson, University of Olx Praca political science professor Barry Cooper, and lawyer Derek Frome.

They argue that federal laws, policies and abuses are mortally harming Alberta’s development.

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They call for a two-pronged strategy of asserting more autonomy for Alberta within Confederation, while laying the political and administrative foundation for Alberta’s transition to secession and sovereignty in the event negotiations fail.

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Smith is one of eight candidates in the competition to replace Kenny as party leader and prime minister.

She is the former leader of the Wild Rose Party, which merged with Kenny’s Progressive Conservatives in 2017 to create the current UCP.

The winner will be announced October 6th. Early voting suggests Smith is one of the favorites.

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