Keith Wilson: Full Steam Ahead on Controversial Land Use Bill 36

It’s been a while since we heard anything on the Bill 36 front. In fact, the last big news regarding Alberta’s Land Stewardship Act was that it was to be suspended pending a review by the government’s property rights task force. Well, the review process is finished and it appears as if Premier Allison Redford’s government plans to move ahead with the bill. All this according to Lawyer Keith Wilson is ignoring the same sentiment that spawned the suspension and review in the first place.

Wilson states that the proposed bill would give the government unprecedented power in designating and re-designating land use in the province. The province would have complete discretionary power when it comes to this, essentially negating a property owners ability to continue operating any business deemed contradictory to that designation through the rescinding of things like water licenses and lease agreements. The governments intentions behind the bill lie in the area of reigning in overdevelopment and preventing environmental abuse.

According to Wilson, the potential for abuse of power, far outweighs the good intentions of the bill. Keith has been a major opponent of the Bill and has been crossing Alberta to talking to farmers and other residents at town hall meetings and other events about the implications of the proposed bill. I spoke to him in his hometown of St. Albert about the latest developments regarding Bill 36.

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Shaun Haney

Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. He creates content regularly and hosts RealAg Radio on Rural Radio 147 every weekday at 4:30 PM est. @shaunhaney

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Colleen Boddez

All Albertans should become aware of these Land Bills, 19, 24, 36 and 50 that take away their property rights, will change the way they live, work and own land in Alberta. The Land Bills give the cabinet absolute control. These draconian laws have got to be stopped, and the only way to do it is to remove a government that no longer listens to Albertans. All Albertans are invited to the free information meeting at the Lethbridge Lodge, March 15, at 7:00 pm, with guest speaker Lawyer Keith Wilson. PC supporters are invited too. We need to inform ourselves, because the PC government has stopped listening to Albertans. We’ve given this government ample time to shape up……now…..Albertans are just fed up.

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