Distributive policy

Jean announces political steps to become Prime Minister

Brian Jean is officially running for Prime Minister and has announced several policy measures he would take if elected.

The Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche MP’s candidacy to become Alberta leader was made official on June 16 and since the announcement he has proposed two policy measures.

The first would be the requirement to have automatic judicial inquiries after the fact whenever a declared emergency “significantly interferes with the rights and freedoms of Albertans.”

“I think we need to completely rewrite the various emergency laws we have in Alberta to make sure we never again take the rights of Albertans lightly,” Jean said in a press release.

“A post-COVID investigation is something many Albertans want and it will help restore trust, but my proposal draws lessons learned from the past two years and reassures Albertans that we will have measures in place to protect freedoms at home. ‘coming. An approach like this will lead to more clarity, more transparency and more accountability.

The other would look at a process to reduce distribution and transmission charges on Albertans’ electricity bills, by taking investment income from saved future surpluses and using it to pay for those costs. Jean called for long-term relief by changing Alberta’s regulatory approval policies to factor distribution and transmission costs into the decision to approve the location of new power generation projects.

“Private sector economists have projected that Alberta could have surpluses in the order of $10 billion a year for each of the next few years. If these excess funds are segregated, the investment returns of this money would be used to reduce the high transmission and distribution costs that every residential ratepayer in Alberta faces on their electricity bills for years to come,” Jean said in a statement.

He was joined at the press conference by MPP David Hanson (Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul) who has spoken on this issue in the Alberta legislature for months. “No Albertans have called my office about the actual cost of electricity; they know that the real costs of electricity are beyond our control. What they can’t afford are the extra costs of transportation, distribution and taxes that make up the bulk of their bill,” Hanson said.

Jean is one of eight candidates who have declared their intention to run for the leadership.

To officially enter the UCP, a candidate must submit a comprehensive questionnaire to be reviewed by the Leadership Election Committee, along with an entry fee of $150,000 to cover the cost of organizing the election and a refundable compliance deposit of $25,000. Candidates must also provide a nomination petition with at least 1,000 signatures from Party members, including 200 from each of the party’s five provincial regions.

The deadline to participate in the race is Friday, July 20.

A new leader will be chosen on Thursday, October 6 through a mail-in ballot with the option to vote in person at any of five polling stations across the province.

Other candidates who have declared themselves include former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith, former UCP Finance Minister Travis Toews, former Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Leela Aheer, Independent MP for Central Peace-Notley Todd Loewen, Transport Minister Rajan Sawhney, former Children’s Services Minister Rebecca Schulz and Amisk Mayor Bill Rock.

Federal MP Michelle Rempel-Garner also hinted that she would enter the race in recent days.