The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Oneil Carlier, has announced the memberships of the technical working groups for the Enhanced Protection for Farm Workers Act, the bad law known as Bill 6.
These technical working groups will meet to help draft regulations for the contentious Bill 6. Meetings begin in June and the process could take up to two years. Aren’t you glad the NDP pushed that legislation through at breakneck speed late last year? Farmers get to spend the next two years in regulatory limbo.
The Bill 6 process has been backwards from the beginning. Consultations after legislation isn't how things are done, regardless of the official government line. And now we know the communications strategy was upside down like everything else in Notley’s favourite bill.
In one of our many access to information requests, I found an email between director of correspondence in the premier's office, Carissa Halton, and some other upper government communication types. Halton wanted to know what people were saying about Bill 6 so that she and her team could properly manage the damage control - which they did not.
“Hi Ladies, Could you forward to Chris McPherson some of the questions/comments that you are getting from the public on Farm & Ranch (since the Act was passed on Thurs) by noon today? PAB is working with the department to finalize a communications plan on this issue and are having a meeting at lpm to discuss rollout. What you are hearing from the public will help them prioritize process and materials”
This is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve read in a government email and I read them all the time. The Premiers office finally gave a damn about what farmers, ranchers and Albertans were saying to them AFTER the bill had passed. On the 16th of December, AFTER the legislative session was over!
This one email is a snap shot of the NDP attitude towards Albertans. It shows they’ll do what they want to you in pushing their agenda. We’re seeing this with Bill 10 and we saw it with Bill 6.
When listening to Albertans doesn’t matter anymore, that’s when they pretend to care.