Premier Rachel Notley has come out swinging against the federal NDP’s consideration of the so-called “Leap Manifesto.”
The document calls for a radical, accelerated shift to Canada’s economy to combat climate change.
Notley says this is one of those times where the provincial and federal wings of the NDP won’t be agreeing.
“The Government of Alberta repudiates the sections of that document that address energy infrastructure,” Notley told reporters on Monday. “These ideas will never form any part of our policy. They are naive, they are ill-informed and they are tone-deaf.”
Delegates at the federal NDP convention over the weekend voted to pursue the manifesto, by holding discussions at the constituency level on its policy implications.
Despite Notley’s comments, it was still a hot topic of discussion in the legislature during question period, with opposition parties taking aim at just how lock-step the provincial and federal arms of the NDP really are.
“This manifesto is clear,” Wildrose leader Brian Jean told reporters after Notley’s comments were made. “It will send Alberta off the fiscal cliff and it will be the NDP government pushing us there.”
Notley contends the two arms of the party disagree “all the time”, and this is one of those times.
Earlier in the day, Environment Minister Shannon Phillips also tore down the manifesto, calling it “bad policy” which was poorly-handled.