According to a 2019 Environics poll, the West’s resentment towards the rest of Canada is at an all-time high. Fifty-six per cent of Albertans expressed support for the statement: 'Western Canada gets so few benefits from being part of Canada that they might as well go it on their own,' while the same question in 2010 only garnered about half the support.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Alberta Sen. Paula Simons, and Alberta Conservative MPs Garnett Genuis and Deepak Obhrai. Albertan MPs said Bills C-69 and C-48 constitute a direct attack on the province's energy sector. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
The passage of bills C-48 and C-69 are exacerbating rising sentiments of alienation in Alberta and Saskatchewan, say some Alberta Conservative MPs and experts.
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One thing is clear, marketing experts say Andrew Scheer will have to be more animated when he debates against Justin Trudeau, especially with his former leadership rival, Maxime Bernier, now in the mix.
Conservative Sen. Denise Batters says it was necessary to discuss matters in private to protect the confidentiality of victims, while Independents say it would have been possible to strike a balance and be transparent.
A culmination of three years of work, the book takes stock of challenges facing Canadian democracy, including the decline of Cabinet government, centralization of the PMO, and 'fault lines' in the public service.
Liberal MP Larry Bagnell says he thinks the timing wasn't due to the federal government's framework on the Arctic and Canada's North being rushed, but rather waiting on territorial partners co-developing the package.