Responsible government for Alberta: Premier Kenney bringing back direct Senate elections

Responsible government for Alberta: Premier Kenney bringing back direct Senate elections

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[CBC News] After the Senate last night passed the Liberal government’s controversial overhaul of the environmental assessment regime and the oil tanker ban bill, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said today he will hold elections to pick candidates for Alberta’s seats in the upper house to better represent the province in Ottawa.

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Kenney said his government will soon introduce legislation to give Albertans a say on who represents them in the Senate, and those elections will be held concurrently with the municipal votes in October 2021.

He said elections would make senators more accountable to the people in the province they represent. He pointed out that the senators who were “elected” in past Alberta Senate contests — Doug Black and Scott Tannas — voted against both Bill C-69 and Bill C-48, legislation Kenney has described collectively as an all-out assault on the province’s oil and gas economy.

Kenney said the Liberal government’s environmental agenda is fanning the flames of separatism among Albertans. He also threatened Friday to launch legal action against the legislation on constitutional grounds.

“Last night’s votes clearly demonstrated that elected senators, who have a direct line of accountability to Alberta voters, are much more likely to vote to defend our vital strategic and economic interests,” Kenney said. “How strange it is that we had senators from Ontario and Quebec voting more clearly for Alberta’s interest on this than Alberta senators.”

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