May 19, 2024
Legislature session completes UCP teardown of NDP era
Kenney is a detail freak like no premier before him. He keeps his own “promise made, promise kept” scorecard and writes it into his speeches.
Kenney is a detail freak like no premier before him. He keeps his own “promise made, promise kept” scorecard and writes it into his speeches.

That wasn’t a legislature session. It was a provincial upheaval.

By the time the house rose at 1:06 a.m. Thursday, the UCP had fundamentally changed Alberta government by ripping apart virtually the entire NDP superstructure.

The government passed 16 bills in the fall session. That came after 11 in the spring session.

Most of the laws reach deep into the basic ways of doing government.

This wasn’t just legislative activism. It was a feeding frenzy.

As premier, Rachel Notley once said she wanted to pass as many NDP policies as possible, so they’d be entrenched and could not be touched by a new government.

Wrong. There’s nothing the UCP won’t touch.

Premier Jason Kenney’s government has reversed NDP electricity policy; upended its farm safety law; killed the carbon tax; dumped consumer environmental incentives; changed emission rules for heavy emitters; shunned the NDP policy of providing health care and education with steady annual increases.

Most controversially, the UCP fired the elections commissioner who was investigating its leadership campaign and rolled his office into Elections Alberta.

That was wrapped into a bill with other details, largely overlooked, that could prove very important.

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