Property rights issue not getting enough attention in UCP leadership campaign, says MLA

Edmonton-Alberta’s MLA says he and his constituencies are “extremely disappointed” that property rights have not been discussed in the leadership race to determine the next leader of the United Conservative Party (UCP). said.

“It’s time for politicians to develop the political will to protect the right of people to earn with their property and do what they want,” Independent MLA’s Drew Burns told the Epoch Times.

Burns, along with fellow MLA Todd Loewen, who is currently running as a candidate in the leadership contest, was kicked out of the UCP caucuses last year after openly criticizing the state’s pandemic policies that restrict freedom.

Mr. Burns said property rights are fundamental to “creating wealth and building economic freedom,” and called on the incoming UCP leader to advance a referendum on whether property rights should be enshrined in Canada’s constitution. He said he would work with the Prime Minister.

“For too long in Alberta they have been given secondary status,” he said.

The Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA says property rights are important to rural Albertans because of the Alberta RCMP’s long response times, but often criminals do not spend enough time in the penal system to go free. This is also because they are allowed to walk on the street.

“It’s common not to get jail time for the first five property crimes. It’s so wrong,” he said.

“It’s hurting the structure and strength of our culture. It’s completely hurting our wealth creation and our chances of building a strong economic future.”

Alberta Property Rights Protection Act

Barnes said there hasn’t been much progress on the Alberta Property Rights Protection Bill that was part of the UCP. platform for the 2019 election.

Above website The UCP government tracks government commitments and their status, stating that 88% of 374 commitments are ‘fulfilled or in progress’. When it comes to passing the proposed Alberta Property Rights Protection Act, the website says it is “ongoing/announced” but not “completed.”

Items related to actions reported as “ongoing/announced” include:

  • Proposing a constitutional amendment to regulate property rights in Alberta
  • Amending land title laws to prohibit adverse title claims so that Alberta no longer allows squatters to make legal claims on the property of others
  • Treat government regulation of real estate the same as government expropriation for compensatory purposes
  • Allow private property owners to turn government attempts to control property into expropriation actions when necessary

Items related to actions reported as “completed” are:

  • Government retains the right to expropriate and regulate in the public interest

UCP members will elect a new leader to become the state’s next prime minister on October 6th.

Rachel Emmanuel


Rachel Emmanuel is in charge of federal and Alberta politics.