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NDP calls for release of Shandro's legal advice on Sovereignty Act

The Alberta NDP is calling on the UCP Cabinet to release the legal advice it received from Solicitor General Tyler Shandro regarding the Sovereignty Act.
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The Alberta NDP is calling on the UCP Cabinet to waive confidentiality and privilege and release the legal advice it received from Solicitor General Tyler Shandro regarding Danielle Smith’s Sovereignty Act.

In a news release, the NDP said Shandro said he provided legal advice to Cabinet on the Sovereignty Act. This advice is confidential but the Premier and Cabinet can waive confidentiality and privilege and release this legal advice. 

“If the Government wants to have a shred of credibility left, they should release the legal advice they received. All of this uncertainty is harming our reputation and our economic future,” said NDP Justice Critic Irfan Sabir. 

“The Sovereignty Act gives the UCP dictatorial powers, undermines the rule of law, and creates uncertainty that will severely damage our economy. Despite significant opposition to the bill from legal scholars and the business community, the UCP has defended it and insulted those who have said it's an overreach and will drive away investment and kill jobs.”

The bill contains a clause commonly known as Henry VIII clause, which gives Cabinet unilateral power to modify, suspend, or change laws by way of a regulation. This bill also gives powers to Cabinet to direct provincial entities to ignore federal laws. The UCP initially denied giving themselves such sweeping powers, only to announce on Monday they will consider amendments to the bill, added Sabir.