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Deal Panel coming to Fort Macleod

Livingstone-Macleod MLA Roger Reid

Fort Macleod residents can help shape a fair deal for Alberta next month.

The Fair Deal Panel is consulting Albertans on how to define and secure a fair deal for Alberta and how to advance the province’s economic interests, including building energy pipelines. 

Livingstone-Macleod MLA Roger Reid and Cardston-Siksika MLA Joseph Schow will co-host the Fair Deal Panel from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at the G.R. Davis Administration Building.

Fort Macleod council was advised of the panel’s visit to town and members planned to attend.

“I think it would not be bad to hear what people are saying,” Mayor Brent Feyter said.

Premier Jason Kenney introduced the Fair Deal Panel last fall.

“Alberta has been by far the biggest contributing province to Canada in recent decades, and a huge engine for jobs and growth,” Kenney said in a speech at the Manning Centre. “But governments that have profited from our resources, hard work, and generosity now seem determined to pin us down and block us in.”

“Albertans aren’t asking for a special deal. We’re just asking for a fair deal. And our government will do everything within our power to get it.”

The panel was charged with considering whether the following measures would advance the province’s interests:

• Establishing a provincial revenue agency to collect provincial taxes directly while joining Quebec in seeking an agreement to collect federal taxes within the province.

• Creating an Alberta Pension Plan by withdrawing from the Canada Pension Plan.

• Establishing a provincial police force.

• Emulating Quebec’s practice of playing a larger role in international relations, in part by seeking Alberta representation in treaty negotiations that effect Alberta’s interests.

• Emulating Quebec’s legal requirement that public bodies, including municipalities and school boards, obtain the approval of the provincial government before they can enter into agreements with the federal government.

• Using the existing provincial power to appoint the Chief Firearms Office for Alberta.

• Opting out of federal cost share programs with full compensation, such as the federal government’s proposed pharmacare program.

• Seeking an exchange of tax points for federal cash transfers under the Canada Health and Social Transfers.

• Establishing a formalized provincial constitution.

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