A 'fair deal' for Alberta may come at a hefty cost for taxpayers, political analysts say - 2019-11-10
EDMONTON—Alberta's proposals for what Premier Jason Kenney calls a "fair deal" for the province within Canada have been explored by other governments in the past, and may result in costly alternatives and more red tape for Alberta taxpayers, political analysts say.
Kenney announced the Fair Deal Panel on Saturday during his keynote speech at the Manning Centre conference in Red Deer. The panel's mandate is to examine ways Alberta can gain more independence — including breaking away from the Canada Pension Plan, establishing its own revenue agency and police force, and drafting a separate constitution for Alberta.
"Our government is prepared to deploy every legal, economic and constitutional tool at our disposal to maximize our leverage and to win a fair deal for Alberta," Kenney told conference attendees on Saturday.