Two federal bills on the brink of becoming law have gained the ire of both Lakeland and provincial politicians. Bill C-48 and C-69 were passed through the Senate last Thursday. They are both awaiting Royal Assent from the Governor-General to become law.
Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland is one of many Lakeland politicians that has long been campaigning against the bills. He says he was very disappointed to hear they had made it through the Senate.
“For Alberta, this is a huge step back. It speaks to one industry being singled out, one resource industry being singled out by the federal government with the bills. We’re in trouble here.”
On Friday Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced that his government would be looking to challenge the passage of the bills in the court system. Kenney says the bills unfairly target only Alberta bitumen production.
As for Copeland, he says he envisions the anger and disappointment felt by many are going to be remembered when Albertans head to the polls for the federal election in October.
“I think that is the last straw for Alberta. We have to focus on the federal election, having a Conservative government come in and reverse these bills and get this country accepting resource projects.”