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I don’t usually comment extensively on other parties’ policies, but this Alberta Party policy is so full of gobbledygook, irresponsible & dangerous, & shows a real lack of understanding of how our country works, & even common sense!
#ableg #abpoli #abvote

“It will also give the provincial government more tax policy flexibility, enabling it to pursue creative tax credits and incentives.”

We already have the power to write all our tax policy. The federal Govt only collects personal income taxes to save us money on the bureaucracy.
“The move will put approximately $11 billion back under direct Alberta control, which can pay for schools, hospitals & other provincial services...”

This is intentionally misleading and dangerous rhetoric. All $11 billion IS controlled & spent by Alberta. This isn’t “new” money.
“This will mean that Albertans’ provincial personal income taxes will go directly where they are supposed to go: to their provincial govt”

—Um, that’s exactly where they go now! 🤦🏽‍♂️🤷🏽‍♂️
#ableg #abpoli
“The arrangement creates a power imbalance between the Govt of Alberta & the Govt of Canada, because at any given time Ottawa is holding on to Albertans’ taxes and could stop the flow of money.”

NO. The Constitution of Canada & tax-collection agreements make that illegal. 🙄
“An Alberta Party Govt would bring Alberta’s portion of the Canada Pension Plan under provincial control, creating an Alberta Pension Plan.”

This would cost an immense $$ to set up & would destroy any savings that *might* be achieved. It’s not likely we could get better returns.
“The Alberta Pension Plan will provide Albertans with higher benefits for lower premiums...”

No. See tweet above. It’s unlikely an “Alberta Pension Plan” could get the same returns as the CPP.
“The Govt of Quebec currently administers the federal GST and remits it to the federal govt. An Alberta Party govt would immediately move to have Alberta obtain this same authority and privilege.”

This is because QC also collects prov sales tax. We don’t need extra bureaucracy!
“Moving collection of all taxes Albertans pay to the control of the Alberta government would mean those taxes are collected by Albertans rather than employees in the rest of Canada [&] create approx 4,000 new positions...”

& cost us perhaps $400 million:
“If necessary, fed govt shall invoke the “declaratory power” over [TMX] pipeline, to provide legal certainty & end the ability of Govt of BC to interfere with a federally-approved project of national interest.”
Unnecessary. TMX is already a federal undertaking—it crosses borders.
“...Bill C-48 & Bill C-69 shall die on the Order Paper... If these laws are passed, an Alberta Party Govt will proceed with necessary constitutional challenges to have them struck down.”
Constitutional challenges will fail. We must fight to amend them now:
“A process shall be started for amending the equalization formula so that it is more fair for Albertans & other net-contributing provinces in Confederation.”

This is a completely vague & impossible promise. We have an actual plan to address equalization:
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