EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is taking aim at the so-called “Leap Manifesto” – a relatively radical policy blueprint driven by activists within the NDP that openly rejects pipeline development and calls for Canada to wean itself off fossil fuels.
Notley says her government has a plan that moves beyond manifestos and provides a detailed, principled and practical plan to tackle climate change and resource development.
The premier’s address to the NDP convention in Edmonton comes as Notley’s government is furious about federal Leader Tom Mulcair’s openness to exploring ideas contained within the manifesto
Mulcair faces a critical leadership review on Sunday where rank-and-file delegates will vote in Edmonton to determine if he should stay at the helm of the party.
Prior to the vote, a joint resolution from the ridings of Toronto-Danforth and Vancouver-East that calls for a debate on policies that could flow from the manifesto will face a vote on the convention floor.
Former federal NDP leader Audrey McLaughlin said there have been divides in the past with the federal party and provincial counterparts.