This week in the legislature, Wildrose MLA for Livingstone-Macleod Pat Stier pressed the NDP government for answers about its position on the anti-Alberta Leap Manifesto. On April 10, the federal NDP voted in favour of discussing the Leap Manifesto, a radical left-wing document that claims, among other troubling points, that “One single industry is destroying the planet more than any other. Animal agriculture,” and calls for an end to the entire industry. “The Leap Manifesto has farmers and ranchers in my riding worried,” Stier said. “The Premier says that she rejects the pipeline components of this manifesto, but she hasn’t said anything about agriculture.”
The Manifesto also calls for an end to free trade deals.
“Does the Premier understand the importance of trade to producers,” Stier said. “Or, like her federal brothers and sisters, does she think that these deals should be thrown out?”
The Premier declined to answer the questions, instead allowing Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman to go to bat for the government. She claimed the Alberta NDP is a “different party” from the federal NDP.
However, the Alberta NDP is only allowed autonomy from the federal party “provided its constitution and principles are not in conflict” with the federal NDP, according to the Constitution of the NDP of Canada.
“Given that the Leap Manifesto calls to end trade deals, oil and gas, and our farming and ranching industries,” Stier said. “Why doesn’t the Premier fight hard for these industries instead of discussing such radical, anti-Alberta ideas?”