On October 18th Alberta has a planned set of referendum questions to be mixed into municipal election votes. Now I think referendums are terrible anti-democratic procedural clown shows that hide the complexities of issues and allow our MPs/MPPs to avoid working on issues BUT this one is on and in the hopper.
So question 2 is about Day Light Savings and one wonders why MPPs can’t make this call themselves but the real fascinating one is about equalization.
Albertans will be asked the following question on the ballot:
Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 – Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments – be removed from the constitution?
A ‘yes’ vote means that Albertans are calling upon the federal government and other provinces to enter into discussions on a potential amendment to the Constitution of Canada in respect of equalization.
A ‘no’ vote means that Albertans are not calling upon the federal government and other provinces to enter into discussions on a potential amendment to the Constitution of Canada in respect of equalization.
Now there is no chance in hell that the provinces are going to get behind this. So for the locals out west what’s the game plan with this? A dangerous sop to the libertarians? A way to deflect attention from covid failures? Actual constitution concerns?