Sovereignty law will bow to Supreme Court, says Danielle Smith's team

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Sovereignty law will bow to Supreme Court, says Danielle Smith’s team

The Alberta sovereignty bill is one of the key promises made by the new leader of the United Conservative Party during the leadership race.

A top adviser to the new leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta, Danielle Smith, says the province's sovereignty law promised during the leadership race will respect Supreme Court of Canada rulings. The province's next premier would thus be doing an about-face from what she hinted at in the campaign.

Danielle Smith's campaign chair and team manager of transition, Rob Anderson, said in an interview on Saturday that the proposed law will exclude the possibility of evading the decisions of the highest court in the land.

He adds that even without this measure, the proposed legislation will have sharp teeth in order to change the dynamic of relations between Alberta and Ottawa.

In an email exchange, the door- Danielle Smith's word, Jonah Mozenson, declined to comment on Rob Anderson's remarks.

He merely stated that the sovereignty law will be developed in accordance constitutional rights, adding that the premier looks forward to working with her council to craft this legislation to protect and reaffirm Alberta's constitutional rights while respecting the rule of law.

In the campaign, Danielle Smith argued that the law would only be used in special circumstances through special motions that would need the assent of the Legislative Assembly.

She also insisted that the province would not consider itself obligated to abide by court rulings.

If a court declares acts decided by the province in a special motion under the Sovereignty Act to be unconstitutional, the government and the Legislative Assembly will have to re-evaluate the motion and decide whether or not to modify it, while understanding the implications of the decision, she said, Sept. 6.

The proposed sovereignty bill drew strong reactions from former party leader Jason Kenney and of the six other candidates in the leadership race, in addition to leading the province's lieutenant-governor, Salma Lakhani, to declare that she was not required to grant royal assent to a law deemed unconstitutional.

The bill is expected to be introduced in the Legislative Assembly during the fall session.

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