Premier Notley’s Throne Speech Is Rather Predictable

But whatever will she do when no one invests in Albertan oil fields?

In its first throne speech, Alberta’s NDP government announced legislation that hikes corporate taxes by two per cent, kills the flat tax and bans corporate and union political donations.

But two of the biggest issues hanging over the province’s oilpatch got little mention. The speech, read by newly installed Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell in the chamber on Monday, gave no new details on the approach to royalties or greenhouse gas regulations.

“We need to review how the people of Alberta — including our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many years from now — will be rewarded for the development of their own energy resources,” was the sole reference in the speech to the NDP’s vow to examine Alberta’s oil and gas royalty take.

The speech also highlighted the need to “demonstrate real leadership on the environment and on climate change” and urged stronger partnership with other provinces through a Canadian Energy Strategy.

Premier Rachel Notley assured reporters earlier in the day that royalties and climate policy are on the agenda. She said it’s important to take the time to get the royalty review right, but “we also know that we can’t have it hanging over everyone’s head indefinitely.”

 

  • David Murrell

    “But whatever will she do when no one invests in Albertan oil fields?”.

    A: Collect her kickback money (dinero negro) from the rich American foundations.

    • Millie_Woods

      She can always borrow. Alberta’s provincial debt is about the same as New Brunswick’s. Not per capita debt but total debt. I predict a lot of infrastructure, alternative energy and other ‘social investment’.

    • And she was voted in to clean up all that corruption!

      Sit back and watch Alberta implode.

  • Waffle

    It’s hard not to shed a tear for Alberta, but this time they seem to have done it to themselves. I personally benefited from the last devastation to the beleaguered oil patch — long story and will not go into here — and ended up as an owner of mineral rights in Texas.
    I say “seem” because I have no idea of how the vote broke down, what percentage of the eligible electorate cast a vote, how much outside influence may have played, etc., etc.
    Also, I can’t help wonder how things would have turned out had there been a different system of land ownership — i.e. individuals owing their mineral rights instead of the Crown.

  • Allan

    It doesn’t seem to matter what government is elected. They have all swallowed the “climate change” kool-aid. No matter how much evidence that comes out to the contrary, they keep pushing “we have to do something about climate change” line. It always boils down to moving money from the have-nots to the haves.

  • Clear Thinker

    Ontario Carpetbagger here, I give it 3 years and then see how things are shaking out. Then it might be time to buy some stuff. Sorry for your losses, if oil prices return, she stands a chance.

    • Waffle

      The real carpetbaggers are the Chinese. Our unthinking masses have just been softened up with the climate change Kool-Aid — all part of the multi-pronged plan to take over Canadian resources.

  • WalterBannon

    between the marxists in ontario and alberta, Canada is done

    • Exile1981

      Wait till we have a federal ndp government as well.

      • David Murrell

        Could very well happen. The media cartel haven’t discussed this possibility.

      • Helios Megistos

        All the parties are as far left as the NDP; they are inflexible tax-and-spend statists in bed with the unions and they promote feminism and political correctness and treasonous immigration and the multicult; a pox on all of their houses! https://ericwedwards.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/antoin1.jpg

        • Exile1981

          Its funny that the unions supported the ndp but they just banned unions from donating to political parties.

    • Helios Megistos

      Technically, they all are Marxists as they zealously embrace the second plank of the commie manifesto: A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

  • Exile1981

    A lot of anti oilsands groups poured cash into the election.

    • Millie_Woods

      They must have poured cement into a good portion of Albertans heads too.

      • Helios Megistos
      • Exile1981

        Outside of edmonton which is always far left, the ndp got less than 1/3 votes in each riding. The conservatives and wild rose both had less in than the ndp in each urban riding. The mosques advertised and supported the ndp and calgary has a huge muslim voting block.

        Get out into rural ridings and you’ll see that the ndp in some areas had less votes than the alberta seperatist party.

        • Helios Megistos

          One more reason to at once stop ALL immigration and to then proceed to round-up ethnic gangsters and hate-mongering imams followed by a very swift deportation without possibility of appeal; I want my country back! http://shop.flagshop.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/f/l/flag-military-red-ensign.gif

        • Millie_Woods

          You’re probably right about the vote splitting but I’ve talked to several, seemingly normal, people who said they voted NDP for the first time in their lives (as a protest) and were surprised they got elected.

          • Exile1981

            I know lots who voted wild rose and assuming they don’t sell out again they could be the best option in 4 years. Though it will be a long 4 years.

  • Helios Megistos

    There was nobody to vote for as even the Wildrose party had cravenly completely surrendered to political correctness; a hero must arise! http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/images-renaissance/gros-bonaparte.jpg

  • Helios Megistos

    The 2% increase in corporate tax is soooooo retarded; time has come to invest in pitchfork stocks! http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/pitchfork-mob-300×225.jpg