UCP Leader Jason Kenney is up in arms over the federal government’s decision not to make changes to equalization pay.
At a press conference in Calgary Friday, Kenny said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jammed Bill C-74 through Parliament on Thursday.
“Hidden in it was a five-year extension of the current equalization rules.” He said. “It seems to have caught the provinces unaware, this is shocking that the Federal Government would not have properly informed provinces about the extension, that there was no negotiation.”
He is calling on Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to stand up against Ottawa’s decision.
“On behalf of Albertans and to condemn Justin Trudeau’s slap in the face of our province by furthering undermining our economic interests.” Kenney said.
Kenney said he has spoken to other provinces like Saskatchewan and Ontario who both agree a reform should take place.
He thinks Quebec who he said is receiving 80 per cent of equalization pay should take the time to work and develop its resources instead of reaping the benefits of Alberta’s energy sector.
Kenney said through the program Alberta contributes about $20 billion a year.