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Mayor and Chamber uncertain about Alberta's 'firewall'

Last Updated Nov 14, 2019 at 8:21 am MDT

(PHOTO: Tom Ross - 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary’s mayor isn’t convinced there are advantages in building a firewall around Alberta.

Speaking at an event with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, Mayor Naheed Nenshi thinks proposals in Jason Kenney’s ‘Fair Deal Panel’ would only cost the city more money.

“When I look at the things that the panel was looking at, I see increased costs. Increased costs for managing a pension plan, increased costs for policing. The benefits had better be there.”

Last weekend, Kenney announced a panel to explore ideas like an Alberta Pension Plan, a provincial police force and a separate constitution for Alberta.

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The Calgary of Chamber of Commerce is also wary of the panel saying it likely won’t do much to make the province more competitive.

“I think it’s trying to build a relationship with the federal government,” said President Sandip Lalli. “For us, as a business community, it doesn’t add any certainty to us moving forward.”

Kenney’s “Fair Deal Panel” will include former Reform Party leader Preston Manning, Stephen Lougheed son of former Premier Peter Lougheed, University of Alberta law professor Moin Yahya, First Nations leader Jason Goodstriker and Canada West Foundation chair Oryssia Lennie.

The panel will hold public consultations between Nov. 16 and Jan. 30 and complete its report to government by March 31.