Rachel Notley’s NDP government has had enough of Alberta's unfair treatment at the hands of those in the eastern part of the country. They’re tired of us being abused and taken advantage of so they’re filing a legal challenge to right a historical wrong.
No, this isn’t about the unfairness Alberta experiences around equalization and transfer payments, or the oil and gas industry, or carbon taxes or even firearms laws.
We’re talking about beer.
Alberta’s economic development and trade Minister Derron Bilous has launched a trade challenge against Ontario to demand more market access for Alberta beers, because according to him as reported in the Edmonton Journal, 745 Ontario liquor products are on the shelf in Alberta while about 20 Alberta products are available in Ontario.
I believe in free interprovincial trade. But how is this the thing the NDP finally got angry enough about to find a team of government lawyers to fight?
The NDP couldn't muster a legal challenge when the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was struck down by an activist Court taking 8000 pipeline jobs with it.
But, just as Justin Trudeau wants to be seen as the anti-Donald Trump, Rachel Notley wants to be the anti-Doug Ford. That's why the NDP is picking this fight with him now after spending three years ignoring brewer market access issues when Wynne was Premier.
It’s petty. Fighting Ford is a terrible idea. He’s a friend to Alberta.
Two weeks ago, as part of the fall fiscal update, Ford promised Ontario would no longer stand in the way of pipelines transporting oil through the province from western Canada. He said, in every way possible, Ontario would support its partners looking to expand oil distribution and at the same time protect their competitiveness from the federal carbon tax.
Alberta can't save our economy without Doug Ford on our side.
Yet, the NDP hate Doug Ford more than they hate $20 per barrel oil, never-ending debt, record unemployment, 30% vacancies in downtown Calgary, and an economy killing pipeline drought.