Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Friday December 2, 2022
‘We’ve never seen anything like this’: Is Alberta’s new Sovereignty Act actually legal?
At long last, Danielle Smith’s Alberta government has revealed its long-awaited bill to push back against Ottawa — and grant the provincial cabinet sweeping new powers in the process — but so far, there are arguably more questions than answers.
Top of the list: Is this legal?
So far, what has been known as the Sovereignty Act seems to have sparked general confusion.
Smith had made a law — intended to hit back against the federal government on behalf of what she argues is an unfairly treated Alberta — a flagship promise of her leadership campaign, which saw her replace Jason Kenney as the leader of the United Conservative Party and become Alberta premier in October.
“We are finally telling the federal government ‘no more,’” Smith said Tuesday, as the bill was unveiled at the beginning of a new legislative session.