Alberta UCP to vote to propose amendments to sovereignty law

EDMONTON—The United Conservative Party, which leads the majority of Alberta’s government, said on Dec. 5 it would propose two amendments to Bill 1 to clarify the provisions that caused public concern.

The party said it would change the bill to ensure that any changes the Cabinet makes to the law under the Sovereignty Act are discussed and approved by the House of Commons. This amendment stipulates that no change in law may be made in secret. Republicans also voted to change legislation to clarify when the Cabinet can take action on federal policies and laws that may harm Albertans.

The amendment, which has not yet been published, would allow Measure 1 to narrowly define harm as what a legislative majority would deem to be an unconstitutional federal intervention in an area of ​​state responsibility. will be

Alberta Prime Minister Daniel Smith December 4 interview Mercedes Stevenson, host of Global News’ West Block Show, said he understands the concerns and said the law needs to be clarified after parliamentary deliberations.


“It has always been our intent to ensure that what we do and the actions we take are fully debated by those who represent the interests of the people of Alberta,” Smith said.

The prime minister said statutes come in two forms: decrees and regulations. The cabinet has the ability to issue ministerial decrees, change regulations, issue directives and change policies, she said.

“I think it should be made clear that legislative changes must be returned to the legislature. I don’t think so,” Smith said.

Opposition leader Rachel Notley was critical. “She either was embroiled in an attempt to seize power and was desperate to cover it up, or she literally didn’t know, and probably still doesn’t know, what the bill was about,” Notley said during a questioning session on Monday.

Smith said there is a process. Legislation is submitted, read aloud multiple times, and amended if necessary. “We want to ensure that this bill is handled correctly and we appreciate that the caucuses are proposing amendments to that end,” he said.

“We have acted like Ottawa’s lower-level government. Just because Ottawa introduced something doesn’t mean it has the right to do it,” the prime minister said. “If Ottawa wants to have a constructive relationship with our state, and I want to have a constructive relationship with Ottawa, they have to stay on their track. not. “

Marnie Cathcart


Marnie Cathcart is a reporter based in Edmonton.