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Alberta legislature wraps up fall sitting, passes pension-exit legislation

BY The Canadian Press, Dec 8, 2023 5:01 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Premier Danielle Smith has said the rules and dollar ceilings need to be reworked because they impede politicians' ability to effectively network on behalf of their constituents. (Photo: The Canadian Press)

The Alberta legislature has wrapped up its fall sitting, passing nine bills this week that included legislation yesterday clearing the path for a referendum on the province quitting the Canada Pension Plan.

To pass the bill, the U-C-P government's House Leader Joseph Schow put time limits on debate.

He says he had no choice as the Opposition NDP signalled it would try to hold up the bill by endlessly debating it.

New Democrats say the bill mandating a referendum be held before Alberta would leave the CPP contains a loophole that gives the government the option to ignore the results.

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