The fall sitting of the Alberta Legislature begins on Halloween and one political scientist says we can expect a lot of talk about the carbon tax.
Duane Bratt, Political Scientist at Mount Royal University says the implementation legislation will be ironed out during this sitting.
“There’s a lot of details that we still don’t know about and that will all come through the implementation legislation, so that’s going to take a lot of time to get through.”
Meantime, he says the opposition is going to try block the motion all together. Bratt notes that since we have a majority government it will go through; but not without feedback.
“The Wildrose opposition is already upset that the session is short, they wanted a much longer session, they wanted an emergency session to assess the economy so we’re going to have some fireworks in question period, no doubt about that.”
The Wildrose party gave leader Brian Jean a mandate to fight the carbon tax over the weekend at their AGM.
Party rank and file, voting in Red Deer on Saturday, overwhelmingly endorsed a change to the policy manual to promise the Wildrose will repeal the $3-billion-a-year tax should it win power. Jean says it’s the right decision to fight a wrong-headed policy.
Meanwhile Bratt says the other thing to watch during this session will be the PC bench since they’re going through a leadership race at the same time of the sitting.
“You’ve got one of the members, Jason Kenny, who’s not a member of the Legislature but is trying to unite the parties, and you’ve got others, most notably Sandra Jansen, who want to keep the two parties separate. So we’ll have to see what are relations between the opposition benches as well.”
Government House Leader Brian Mason outlined the NDP’s agenda for the upcoming fall sitting of the legislature last week.