Premier Jason Kenney slams Alberta separatism as 'irrational' - but Ottawa should care more

Premier Jason Kenney slams Alberta separatism as ‘irrational’ – but Ottawa should care more

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[Calgary Herald] Angry Albertans hoping Premier Jason Kenney will jump on the separation bandwagon will be disappointed. He’s an avowed federalist, but …he’s also willing to channel the province’s bubbling anger to achieve his ends.

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“Let me be clear, not only am I patriotic Canadian, sort of in my heart, but I also think the whole notion of separation is irrational,” he said Thursday morning on The Current.

“Making Alberta a landlocked place within this continent, leaving the Canadian federation, leaving any argument for market access for coastal pipelines, leaving NAFTA as the broader market in North America, none of that makes sense to me.”

It’s perhaps the strongest language he’s used to denounce the notion of Alberta separatism, a cautionary tale he likes to sprinkle on his speeches from time to time.

Still, Kenney says he’s never seen the kind of frustration he’s seeing in Alberta, where the oil and gas sector has taken a beating from international markets and a price differential on heavy oil that many blame on constrained market access.

He denies he’s stoking some of the separatist sentiment by raising it.

This article continues at [Calgary Herald] Separation makes no sense, says Kenney, but leverage does

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