A rumour surrounding government action against 16-year-old power purchase agreements continues to earn harsh criticism.
There’s been reports the NDP may introduce legislation to retroactively invalidate those agreements. The government has already filed a lawsuit against the companies who signed those contracts for canceling them early.
Interim PC leader Ric McIver told Global News the government need to make it clear this is not their plan.
“You know what, I can’t think of a better way to kill the business environment in Alberta than to have a government go back and change a law that contracted people willingly entered into fifteen, sixteen years ago,” said McIver.
McIver said such a move would be “completely irresponsible.”
“They have no care for the future of jobs, and the economy, in Alberta,” he added.
McIver admitted the NDP hasn’t confirmed this is their plan, but if that’s the case, they need to immediately make it clear.
“Albertans could use the comfort,” he said. “There’s [over 100,000] Albertans who have lost their job, the economy is in a tough spot. I would plead, again, to the premier and her government, please give Albertans the comfort that you will not kill the business climate in this province.”
Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi has also voiced his disapproval, saying such a move would show investors Alberta is “closed for business.” (scb)