EDMONTON, AB (March 5, 2012): After the PC government attempted to eliminate debate on it last month, MLAs will today finally debate Wildrose Deputy Leader Paul Hinman’s private members’ bill – the Alberta Bill of Rights (Property Rights Protection) Amendment Act. The proposed bill, known as Bill 201, would enshrine in the Alberta Bill of Rights the basic property rights protections of full, fair and timely compensation and recourse to the courts.
Hinman says Bill 201 would prevent legislation like Bills 19, 24, 36 and 50 – which stripped away landowners’ rights to compensation and the courts – from being passed in the future. “Over the past several years, we have seen this government extinguish these rights by creating legislation that transfers the rights of landowners to the arbitrary whims of cabinet,” Hinman said. “Put simply, while criminals are entitled to their day in court, the government can write laws in such a way that landowners are not.” Hinman noted the government has continually failed to show their concern for property rights. “If this government truly believes in property rights, Bill 201 will pass,” Hinman said. “They’ve come out with a property rights task force and a property rights advocate. There would be no need for these things if they simply entrenched property rights protections into law.” The Wildrose Caucus stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom and democracy.