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Bell: Daniel Smith’s sovereign law? What sovereign law?

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We didn’t talk about it.

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I didn’t even think about it.

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not even once.

Not just a little.

Not a passer-by.

Not even a second.

I never have.

Sovereignty law has never been on the radar of this big company with big plans.

So we’ll find out on Wednesday.

“I can tell you that the word ‘sovereignty law’ never came up,” de Havilland vice president Neil Sweeney said at an executive table of all high-level Chinwags.

“We are focused on building aircraft, supporting our customers and supporting our fleet. We are not a political company. We are an aircraft manufacturer.”

De Havilland employees applaud.

And so it should be.

As you know, de Havilland Canada is XXXL’s leading edge in manufacturing top-tier airplanes and many other aircraft on land roughly halfway between Chestermere and Strathmore, 13 minutes east of the Calgary Ring Road. announced the project.

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A game-changing investment. historic announcement. Hundreds of construction jobs. The start of what they’re talking about is that if all goes well, he’ll do 1,500 jobs on site.

And it does so without the state government handing out pennies in handouts. No big bucks sweetener to get this to the finish line.

Next is politics.

All this good news unfolds just a few weeks before the people of Alberta know who will be the new Prime Minister.

Sovereignty legislation could be on the table in November if the polls are correct, the nose count numbers hold up and Daniel Smith, the frontrunner in the UCP leadership race, becomes prime minister.

Daniel Smith, UCP's lead candidate.
Daniel Smith, UCP’s lead candidate. Ajin Ghafari/Postmedia

Under sovereign law, the provinces could refuse to enforce certain federal laws or policies that violated Alberta’s provincial rights or violated Alberta’s individual rights.

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The Sovereignty Act stinks quite a bit in some circles, and the backlash has been going on for months, not weeks.

Former point man for state books and UCP leadership candidate Prime Minister and Travis Toews Remember what sovereignty legislation means for your investment in Alberta?

That’s terrible. How scary. It’s so terrifying that it would scare the living sunshine out of business.

If they were elsewhere, many of them would not have come here. If they had been here, many of them might have raised their stakes and hit the road.

Certainly de Havilland received the memo.

Indeed, they have read or seen many expressions of fear and loathing.

Smith’s Sovereignty Act will bring a “body blow” to Alberta.

Kenny said it would “replace investment significantly.”

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In large amounts.

“It will cause people to leave the state and businesses not to come here,” the Prime Minister said.

It would send a “devastating message” and undermine investor confidence.

disasterous.

It will create “political chaos”. Toews said it was “blatant chaos.”

chaos. complete confusion.

It was “dangerous” and “dangerous”.

It kept people up at night.

“I think it’s more likely that investments will flee the state rather than fly into this state,” Toews said.

But here, newshounds flocked to the announcement near Calgary Airport that a large investment had flown into the state of Calgary.

literally.

There’s another nugget from legal scholar Howard Anglin, once the prime minister’s chief adviser, to comment on the prospect of economic ruin with the Sovereignty Act.

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“Companies would have moved their headquarters out of Alberta faster than they moved from Montreal to Toronto in the 1970s when Quebec separatism prevailed.”

Then there are others, if not perhaps academics, who think this rhubarb over sovereignty law is no big deal in a world of dollars and cents.

It’s politics. gamesmanship.

Back at the aircraft factory press conference, politicians congratulate themselves and other politicians congratulate themselves.

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The time has come for business issues shrouded in politics.

The company said Alberta was the perfect choice as it was looking for a young, diverse and talented workforce that could build aircraft for decades to come.

It was more affordable than around Toronto and British Columbia.

Low taxes, no sales tax, less bureaucracy, and places to train skilled workers.

But if Smith comes to power and her plans become law, sovereign law and certain politicians in this state predict all sorts of darkness and doom, predicting something close to an investment apocalypse. How is it to be

After all, great Canadian company de Havilland never left Alberta.

They stayed, they grew, and they grabbed headlines with future heavyweight projects.

Does this company really care about politics? How sensitive are their plans to changes in who runs the political show?

De Havilland’s Sweeney makes it clear that economy has won over politics.

Alberta has a great business environment. Again, a more affordable standard of living.

“When you think about where you can hire employees, Alberta and Calgary come to mind.”

De Havilland employees applaud.

And so it should be.

rbell@postmedia.com

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