Calgary MP Michelle Rempel is speaking out about her impassioned speech in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
Speaking with Newstalk 770’s Danielle Smith, Rempel said she hopes her “controversial word-choice” will give Alberta’s job crisis the attention it deserves.
“We’re not even part of any sort of dialogue, like, when you look at the legislation that’s come through the house in the last four months, or anything that the Liberals have been announcing in terms of their priorities, Alberta doesn’t even get a mention and yet we’re facing one of the most severe unemployment crisis basically seen in a generation in Canada,” Rempel said, speaking in the Newstalk 770 studio on Thursday.
Rempel delivered a rousing speech as MPs were discussing the second reading of Bill C-29, the Trudeau government’s budget implementation bill. Rempel said the bill will bring nothing but more pain for Alberta.
The Conservative MP for Calgary-Nose Hill was commenting on the dire financial situation for many Albertans in the wake of collapsed oil prices. During the speech she claimed the Trudeau government has treated Alberta like “a fart in the room.”
Rempel told Danielle Smith that Liberal government policies have been just as harmful to Alberta as the National Energy Plan (NEP) that was implemented under the government of Pierre Trudeau in the early 1980s. The NEP was meant to give the federal government greater control of the country’s oil wealth but it was met with staunch criticism from Alberta.
“I’ve never seen something more punitive to Alberta, except for the National Energy Plan,” Rempel said.
“If this was a ketchup plant in southwestern Ontario there would be national uproar about this and yet we’ve got hundreds of thousands of people out of work in Alberta in the last year and they’re doing nothing for us. In fact, they’re calling our energy dirty; they’re making value statements about us.”
Rempel said she is frustrated by what she sees as a “lack of acknowledgement” of the crisis in Alberta by the Liberal government.