By The Canadian Press on November 7, 2019.
EDMONTON – A legislature meeting on budget numbers got personal today when Premier Jason Kenney accused NDP Leader Rachel Notley of being ignorant to Alberta’s plight and Notley questioned his loyalty to Canada.
The angry cross-talk erupted when Notley asked Kenney why he is threatening to hold a referendum on equalization, even though Alberta has no direct power to change the constitutionally protected federal funding program.
Notley suggested a referendum would be a potentially divisive, grandstanding power play, which would echo Quebec’s votes on separation.
She asked Kenney why would he do that when he claims that he’s a federalist.
Kenney said he resented her remark, because it questions his loyalty to the country.
He suggested that Notley doesn’t understand the grievances Albertans have over how the economy is being suffocated by federal policies.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 7, 2019.
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