Alberta votes against equalization in a provincial referendum

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Policy Insider for October 20, 2021: One Vote Against Parity; new mayors in Calgary and Edmonton; Green party cuts

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The Albanians voted on Monday in a provincial-level plebiscite calling for the removal of the equalization system (an area of ​​federal jurisdiction) from the constitution, and while the results will not be known for another week, it seems to have passed. Proponents say this should lead to program reform, the send relationships.

Kevin Lacey, the director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation of Alberta, described the referendum as one of the “largest and most significant constitutional referendums” since the failure of the Charlottetown agreement in 1992. They will no longer be exploited and the results prove it. Albanians want to stand up and want to see change, “Lacey told the National Post.

Just a small step: Politologist Barry Cooper tells the Hill Times the next step should be an independence referendum.

Not a big deal: Other political scientists, however, claim that the vote carries no legal burden and it won’t force Ottawa to do anything.

“A change in the Constitution requires something close to full consensus across Canada,” said Eric Adams, a professor at the University of Alberta who specializes in constitutional law. “I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that Alberta is nowhere near reaching that consensus on parity, and I don’t think it will change.”

Muddy waters: In Globe, Andrew Coyne discuss in a fun way that the rest of Canada should ignore the vote.

Furthermore, the results in Alberta are far from “clear”. Not only is the majority unlikely to far exceed 50 percent, but the meaning of the vote was very confused by the Premier, Jason Kenney, who insisted that it was not the question on the ballot – the one he put there – but rather giving Alberta “leverage” to ask for changes to the program.

Again, this would be enough for the rest of Canada to ignore the result. A referendum on an explicit request for a specific constitutional change is one thing, but a referendum that has been publicly and repeatedly described by its sponsors as a giant bluff practically asks to be ignored.

Focus on the seats: In Calgary Herald, Rob Breakenridge argues persuasively that the addition of three seats in the House of Commons for chronically underrepresented Alberta will do more than the referendum to give Alberta influence in Ottawa.

New mayors: Edmonton and Calgary the new mayors are also elected, both first-generation Canadians with Punjabi heritage.

Vaccine mandate on Hill: The parliamentarians will have to be vaccinated to enter the parliamentary seat, decided the board of directors for the internal economy, CTV relationships. Will any conservatives object? There is reason to be surprised. The Western standard like unjabbed to Soviet spies.

Green job cuts: The Green Party is laying off staff as the party brass try to cut costs, CP relationships. Like this, Annamie Paul is still the leader, apparently.

Paul, who announced his resignation last month, remains in first place as he negotiates compensation for costs incurred during legal battles with the party with Green officials, the sources say.

NB expels Mountie: Blaine Higgs government ousted the leaders of New Brunswick Mountie, Deputy Commissioner Larry Tremblay, Jacques Poitras relationships for CBC. Minister of Public Security Ted Flemming wrote to the commissioner Brenda Fortunati in July calling for change, and the force to make drug-related crime a higher priority.

How they lost: MP CPC defeated James Cumming is set to examine how Conservatives have lost votes for both the PPC and the NDP as part of its review of the recent elections for the party, CP relationships. “Wherever we have lost grades, I think it is important to study and understand what the factors were, then the PPC would be part of this. In Alberta we have seen significant bleeding of marks for the NDP, so this is a completely different situation … in all cases we have to look at where we have performed and where we have not performed and do that analysis on a guide basis, region by region to better understand what the dynamics are within that vote “.

– Stephen Maher

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