File photo

File photo

Alberta politicians reject throne speech

Premier Kenney disapointed with lack of support for Alberta energy

When it comes to the Speech from the Throne, delivered by Governor General Julie Payette on Sept. 23, Alberta politicians are agreeing on one thing: they aren’t impressed.

Premier Jason Kenney expressed disappointment with the federal Liberals, while NDP leader Rachel Notley stated it’s clear neither the provincial or federal governments have a clear vision for Alberta, and Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins has stated he will not be voting in favour of the speech.

The throne speech promised to protect Canadians’ lives and provide financial support for as long as the pandemic continues, by extending the 75 per cent emergency wage subsidy to next summer and investing in a Canada-wide child care system, as well as expanded emergency loans for businesses and targeted industry supports.

READ MORE: Liberals vow wage-subsidy extension to 2021, revamp of EI system in throne speech

It also pledged to collaborate with provinces to set national standards for long-term care facilities and develop a universal pharmacare program, as well as promising to take action against climate change while creating “one million new jobs.”

“Instead of listening to Canada’s provinces, the federal government doubled down on policies that will kill jobs, make Canada poorer and weaken national unity,” said Kenney in a news release.

Kenney says western premiers made it clear their priorities were health care and the economy. However, he says the throne speech was “anything but.”

“In a 6,783-word throne speech, not one word recognized the crisis facing Canada’s largest industry – the energy sector that supports 800,000 jobs, directly and indirectly,” said Kenney.

“Instead, we got a litany of policies that would strangle investment and jeopardize resource jobs when we most need the industry that generates 20 per cent of government revenues in Canada.

“For a real recovery, Canada needs Alberta’s energy … Alberta has never asked for a handout. Instead, we are merely asking for the federal government to support our province in the same way that Alberta has supported Canada for generations.”

READ MORE: Parliament resumes full operations today with debate on throne speech

“We need a bold economic vision for the future of Alberta — and we need it now,” said Notley in a release.

“It’s clear neither the federal or provincial government has any plan for bringing Alberta out of recession and into recovery.

Alberta has been the hardest-hit among all Canadian provinces and yet there was no mention of specific support in today’s throne speech.”

Notley went on to say that the NDP are “encouraged” by news of federal investment in pharmacare and affordable child care, but details are needed.

“In addition, neither will mean anything for Albertans if Jason Kenney continues to outright reject these key elements of our economic recovery.”

Calkins stated the speech was a “massive shift towards socialism with proposed direct government interventionism into all aspects of our lives, and the demonization of those who create and generate wealth for those of us to share in,” in a news release.

He says the federal government should be focusing on rapid testing and short-term benefit programs.

“I am shocked and appalled to see the Prime Minister use an international health emergency to attempt to completely change the fabric of Canada in one fell swoop.”

Calkins says its likely EI premiums would go up for both employees and employers if the Liberals’ proposed changes to the EI program go ahead. He also criticized the lack of any supports for farmers.

“There is no doubt in my mind that this document was intended to spend money in areas of the Canadian economy and society where Liberals tend to get the most votes,” he said.

“He naively believes that Canadians will believe his nonsensical assertion that all of his lofty promises will not cost Canadians anything.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

AlbertacentralalbertaThrone Speech

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the province still hopes to bring the hospitalization number down before relaxing restrictions. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
14 new deaths, 366 new COVID-19 cases in Alberta

Province nearing 100K COVID-19 vaccine doses administered

(Black Press file photo)
Lacombe Council clears municipal red tape by eliminating outdated policies and bylaws

Council rescinded policies identified as inoperative, obsolete and expired.

(Photo submitted)
Central Alberta researchers are innovators in agricultural sciences

David MacTaggart of Lacombe and Jessica Sperber of Ponoka awarded prestigious scholarship

The first pages of the book, by Kristy Walker.
Sylvan Lake author pens first children’s book about COVID-19

“The Coronavirus Isn’t Scary” by Kristy Walker teaches children to take care of themselves

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, MLA Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, Devin Dreeshen. (Photo Submitted)
Ag Minister announces 20% off crop insurance for Alberta farmers

Dreeshen says this will support job creators and boosting rural economy during a difficult time

Terrance Josephson of the Princeton Posse, at left, and Tyson Conroy of the Summerland Steam clash during a Junior B hockey game at the Summerland Arena in the early spring of 2020. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Test your knowledge of Canada’s national winter sport

FILE – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers his opening remarks at a news conference outside Rideau cottage in Ottawa, Tuesday, January 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine CEO ‘very, very clear’ that Canada’s contracts will be honoured: Trudeau

Trudeau says he spoke to Moderna CEO on the morning of Jan. 26

A ground worker wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 unloads lobsters from a WestJet Airlines flight at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, January 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Trudeau teases stricter travel measures; Canadians flying to U.S. now need COVID test

Prime minister says measures need to not hurt imports and essential trade

(Photo submitted)
Ponoka RCMP receives new police puppy trainee

Detachment says goodbye to ‘Maja’ and welcomes ‘Neutron’

Art Kempf, originally from the Stettler area but now living in Lacombe, is pictured here with his late wife Lillian. Art’s 100th birthday is coming up on Feb. 22nd.
photo submitted
Former Stettler area resident Art Kempf will be celebrating a very special day next month

Kempf, now a Lacombe resident, marks his 100th birthday on Feb. 22nd

Whistle Stop Cafe owner Christopher Scott and his sister Melodie are serving sit-down customers in their Mirror diner to protest health restrictions that they say are unfair to restaurants and other small businesses. (Photo by Paul Cowley/Advocate staff)
Central Alberta restaurant owner defies health restrictions by serving diners

Whistle Stop Cafe owner says pandemic restrictions unfair to restaurants and small businesses

The Northwest Territories flag flies on a flagpole in Ottawa on July 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Alberta man charged with threatening Northwest Territories public health officer

Police did reveal the nature of the threats, but said it was concerning

A healthy volunteer receives an injection in this undated handout image provided by Providence Therapeutics. Human clinical trials have begun in Toronto for a proposed COVID-19 vaccine by a Canadian company. Providence Therapeutics of Calgary says 60 subjects will be monitored for 13 months, with the first results expected next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Providence Therapeutics
*MANDATORY CREDIT*
Calgary company begins human clinical trials for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate

If successful, the vaccine could be released by the end of the year

Red Fraggle, one of Jim Henson Company’s Fraggle Rock characers, is shown at Time To Play Holiday Show, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, in New York. The Jim Henson Company says production has officially started in Calgary on a reboot of the original 1980s children’s puppet series, which was filmed in Toronto.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mark Lennihan
‘Fraggle Rock’ children’s puppet series reboot starts production in Calgary

A spokesperson says the new series will stream on Apple TV plus

Most Read