January 18, 2016

Alberta NDP delay start of spring session. What are they trying to hide?

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

Alberta MLAs are headed back to work later than expected. The spring session in the legislature was scheduled to begin February 9. It's now been bumped to start on March 8.

This amounts to a grand total of 38 sitting days for the entire spring session and 54 sitting days for all of 2016, far less than Ontario, Quebec, BC and Saskatchewan.

What are they going to cram into this short session? Well, there is a throne speech and budget, the carbon tax, the results of the long delayed royalty review, a mental health report, occupational health and safety regulations around the farm unionization law, Bill 6, the Municipal Government Act and the Education Act.

These are huge, sweeping pieces of legislation that demand time for adequate debate.

Silencing debate is becoming standard operating procedure for the NDP. They invoked closure, a parliamentary tool to limit and end debate, on Bill 6 once people figured out what was actually in that bill. The longer time spent on debate, the more scrutiny the NDP get. What are they trying to hide?

Rachel Notley, when she sat in opposition, used to chide the Progressive Conservatives for their lack of session days, exclaiming that the PCs took the legislative assembly for granted. How quickly Notley turned into Redford.

Why aren't the NDP eager to head back to work to find ways to stem the massive jobs losses and discourage the mass evacuation of capital in the Alberta energy sector?

This is the worst recession to hit Alberta in a generation, since the darkest days of Pierre Trudeau's National Energy Program, and the NDP are deciding to work less to solve the problem. If anything constituted an emergency session in the legislature, the economic meltdown in Alberta should be it. It makes one wonder if they really want to solve the problem at all.


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commented 2016-01-19 17:44:18 -0500
Oh good lord it can`t get much worse …every thing the NDP has done so far has made little or no sense …now you throw in that idiotic gender identities and expressions crap for Alberta schools ….We will need bigger prisons and graveyards if that goes badly…I guess that would fall under infrastructure spending and job creation…Peoples republic of Western Canada anyone?
commented 2016-01-19 12:10:52 -0500
Delaying the session is a perfect opportunity to introduce the next provincial budget by Orders in Council. Since there is no doubt that the deficit will be double the amount predicted, the next budget will be moved and passed without a vote of the Legislature. It will be considered an emergency measures order – and will ramp up the deficit to $15 to $18 billion. Of course, the financial markets will slam Alberta bonds to junk status, while the Canadian Dollar will dive that much lower. Oh, did JT forget that Ottawa is the automatic guarantor of all provincial debts? Ooops! I guess this means that Canada’s bonds will become junk soon enough.
commented 2016-01-19 10:55:45 -0500
Was hoping Zer Mann will weigh in on this topic.
commented 2016-01-19 09:27:08 -0500
why the big rush to trash Canada? the liberals and the ndp are in a big hurry to turn this into a third world country…why?
commented 2016-01-19 02:24:24 -0500
The answer to what the NDP are trying to hide is simple. Themselves. They do not want to face the immense backlash.
commented 2016-01-19 00:21:49 -0500
Excellent report again Sheila. Just one thing though ; The NDP have already dealt with the Economy and the Oil jobs … they destroyed both, just like they hoped they would … target met, goal achieved >:-(
commented 2016-01-18 23:51:48 -0500
So where are all the NDP pukes! Come on where are you. Since your golden leader isn’t answering the public maybe you retards can.
commented 2016-01-18 22:16:27 -0500
They need the extra time off so they can all study the works of Carl Marx and Joe Stalin.
commented 2016-01-18 21:18:27 -0500
Alberta NDP delay start of spring session. What are they trying to hide?

The truth?
commented 2016-01-18 20:41:03 -0500
What problems? Everything is going to plan. Bring Albertans down to maritimers standards so they vote liberal. My house will be worth 1/5 but I’ll still get taxed on the assessment value. Good work if you can get it
commented 2016-01-18 19:56:44 -0500
Take that $135,000.00 a year wage (or what ever it is now after the NDP raises) and divide it by days they sit in the legislator (58). The worms get $2,500.00 for each day they sit. Those that play hooky get paid too. I guess if this is what Alberta wants……..
commented 2016-01-18 19:41:48 -0500
Spot on Charles…great post…Notley’s dippers are only doing what dippers do….
commented 2016-01-18 18:46:44 -0500
The New Destruction Party, to their credit, is not trying to hide a single thing. Every action they have taken is consistent with their ideology, which they have expounded for years, including the carbon tax and unionizing family farms. They have an ideogical socialist agenda that was always out in the open and not hidden: that our province is going to be driven by regressive ideology is best exemplified by the non-Albertan ideologues hired to run the government (why else is the Energy Minister silenced).

40% of Albertans have exactly what they deserve for negative, low-information voting, which includes a number of the farmers opposed to bill 6. No sympathy for them, and I hope they made up the bulk of the new unemployed. It is the other 60%, that I pity because they are likely the ones making up the unemployed.

Moral: Always vote positively for something, not negatively against something. We are now living in the proverbial interesting times, for four more years, not three because they will extend to their full constitutional mandate to push the maximum ideology.

Thanks 40%.
commented 2016-01-18 18:40:01 -0500
What is the difference between a Liberal Premier in Ontario and an NDP Premier in Alberta?
commented 2016-01-18 18:05:20 -0500
You have already done more than enough damage, take the next three years off.
commented 2016-01-18 17:57:50 -0500
There were times when the PC’s would have really short sessions or even skip them altogether; but never in an economic environment as we are now going through. This is pretty low, and to be fair any party doing this should be taken out to the woodshed.
commented 2016-01-18 17:51:30 -0500
What are we paying these lazy commies for? It certainly isn’t for doing their jobs. They are trying to limit debate, that’s for sure. I’m waiting for Rachel to call that byelection in Calgary. I believe that she has to do it by the beginning of May. I’ll bet the she’s shaking in her shoes, having to face Calgarians again in another byelection.