July 26, 2016

NDP government sues itself to save Albertans money? “Fake concern” leaves taxpayers $9B in the hole

Rebel Staff
 

The Alberta Government is suing itself because it didn’t occur to them to familiarize themselves with Alberta’s energy regulations before they made broad sweeping changes to them. 

It’s a bit of a convoluted mess.

In Alberta, in 2000, under the former PC government, a regulation was brought in that said power companies could get out of their long term contracts if the contracts become unprofitable as a result of the government making a change to policy. This regulation has been on the books for 16 years, so it should have come as no surprise to the NDP. But it was a surprise to them, after all.

Now that the NDP has brought in the carbon tax, and doubled the tax on coal fired electricity, Alberta’s energy companies are giving the government notice that they will dump their contracts the way the law allows them to. Taxes upon taxes have a pesky habit of making business unprofitable. File under: Things Socialists Don’t Understand.

Now the Alberta government is suing itself to make this regulation invalid, allowing them to change the terms of the contracts with energy companies after the fact.

The NDP are trying to wrap themselves in the shroud of consumer protection, saying they are doing this to save Albertans from $2 billion in cancellation costs. If the NDP cared about the cost of my power bill, they’d never phase out coal electricity.

Speaking of coal, with the cost of terminating the contracts for coal electricity at an estimated $11 billion the NDP still come up $9 billion short in their fake concern for the consumer.

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commented 2016-07-28 04:39:40 -0400
This poses a very interesting legal question and I have not been able to find another example or precedent of it. You can’t just sue willy nilly…the court has to allow the lawsuit. The government DOES get sued by individuals and in class actions but you have to convince the court that there is grounds for the lawsuit. I cannot find any example on CANLII or LEXUM of a lawsuit where the plaintive and respondant were the same entity. That alone would give a judge grounds to dismiss the application for the lawsuit.

This is a matter of contract law….the most sacrosanct thing in the law IS contract and the courts have never and will never let the government off the hook for contract terms….Rachel Notley is a labour lawyer…she aught to know that….from experience.
commented 2016-07-27 18:45:16 -0400
notley and her ilk are either incompetent or corrupt…or both. im leaning towards both.they really do think we are so stupid that we do not see through them
commented 2016-07-27 11:22:02 -0400
They will sue themselves and by nightfall will have acquitted themselves. Bumbling dishonest bunch of fools. That cover picture of Nothead is the best. UGLY MARXIST C*NT, without a fucking clue. And as if her derelict useless cabinet isn’t enough, she has to drag in the worst of the worst “greenie” assholes like Berman etc . FUCK, wake up people, the Dippers have ruined every province they have ever had power in, and the recovery of said provinces has taken years. Good posts folks, very well said ROBERT HOPE.

DJBT, PETUNIA and witch#1 and witch#2
commented 2016-07-27 10:00:47 -0400
how can one government be so totally corrupt ,stupid and anti oil and anti pipeline and anti resource extraction and yet i don’t hear any cries from the opposition or the citizens of a once great province that i loved to visit
commented 2016-07-27 01:34:45 -0400
WOW, you cannot make this stuff up. I see this as a test run for circumventing the law. If it works, it will be a go to weapon for a dictatorial NDP government and others in the country.
commented 2016-07-27 01:30:35 -0400
Keith Richards they would not be making that much money if idiot governments did not rack up debt.
commented 2016-07-26 22:34:24 -0400
This is a really sad but interesting screw up by the NDP but it’s not unique. The nutbar Liberals in Ontario did the exact same thing and it cost the taxpayers of Ontario 2 BILLION dollars . Large scale projects involving in excess of a Billion dollars investment by private investors require someway of protecting the thousands of investors who hold shares in those utility companies. The universal standard clause allows the company to back out and also sue for lost projected income when a screwball government gets elected and decides to trash the company for purely ideological reasons. This usually prevents new governments from screwing with large money established contracts. The problem is that the NDP don’t have enough collective business experience in their socialist enclave to run a food truck let alone a multi-billion dollar province.
This is the interesting part – One would have thought that the NDP would have learned from the nutbar Liberals in Ontario. The mastermind behind that fiasco was Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s Principle Advisor. After causing that monstrous financial horror show , he f-off out there and reappeared in Trudeau’s inner sanctum.
However when the NDP first got in they didn’t have anyone who had a clue how to run a government so they hired Assistant Deputies from Ontario for almost every Ministry in the Alberta Government. These weekly fly-in , fly-out douche bags were all in the Liberal government so they brought their mental disease with them and had no problem infecting the NDP who were halfway stupid to begin.
This NDP will be like every other provincial NDP government in the past. When their term is up and they are kicked out , they will leave a steaming, festering , purilent economic mess that once was a provincial economy. To paraphrase a great remark – The first 200 names in the phone book would better at running the government because they have what the government lacks – common sense.
commented 2016-07-26 21:24:13 -0400
Cronie Marxist capitalism going on here
Meanwhile every consumer pays the increased taxes based on fiction
commented 2016-07-26 21:03:41 -0400
Am unable to post this Why?
commented 2016-07-26 20:54:48 -0400
Question: What do you get when you cross a white guilt liberal with a Neo-marxist – I don’t know, but its busy building its own gulag.
commented 2016-07-26 20:37:37 -0400
What worries me is that this may not be a cover-the-ass tactic due to a stupid decision by the Non-Democratic Party, like Ms. Gunn- Reid suggests.

Instead, this may be a diversionary tactic from something worse they have in mind to screw Albertans. The out of province bosses of the government are not done grinding us down yet.

I am betting this second scenario happening before summer end.
commented 2016-07-26 20:18:08 -0400
I kinda doubt that Notley and crew didn’t know about the clause. It’s a slick way to get billions of tax payer dollars into the grubby hands of Transalta and the rest.

Nothing like cool billions of instant capital to put towards the proposed solar panels and hydrodam that Transalta wants to build. They made a proposal to the NDP in October 2015.

Solar panels are not green and if anything from cradle to grave are way worse than using the inexpensive low sulphur clean burning coal (we have in massive abundance in the province).

http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwjjnL_drZLOAhVK94MKHdS8B2oQFggcMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.transalta.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2FDial_Down_Dial_Up-Oct_2015-full_document.pdf&usg=AFQjCNElD4qwjCRHGSZc3rDRUK1vlmvSFQ
commented 2016-07-26 20:04:54 -0400
The NDP taking itself to court.

Why does that not surprise me in the slightest?