NDP moves to end secret Klein-era scheme to offload corporate losses on the public | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


NDP moves to end secret Klein-era scheme to offload corporate losses on the public

No one should be surprised that as its final decade approached, Alberta's Progressive Conservative government cut a secret and illegal deal with a small group of electricity marketing companies to let them leave the province's consumers holding the bag for billions of dollars in the event the dice ever failed to roll their way.

Indeed, no one is very surprised, as you can tell from reading between the lines of the oh-so-cautious mainstream media coverage of the NDP Government's lawsuit, launched in the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench yesterday, to invalidate a secretly negotiated clause in Tory-passed legislation that allowed corporations to offload business losses in the electricity market onto the public.

"Our government believes Albertans should not be on the hook for secret backroom deals that were created between companies like Enron and the previous PC Government," said Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman, who is the NDP Cabinet's point person on this issue. "We think it's not only unfair to Albertans, it's also unlawful."

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