Rosin: Leadership a unifying process for UCP

“We can’t just tell Westjet to put a vaccine passport on all flights only out of Alberta. They’re not going to do that because they’re operating in an international market.

CANMORE – On October 6, the United Conservative Party leadership election will close and Alberta will have a new premier.

Banff-Kananaskis MP Miranda Rosin hopes the new premier will be Travis Toews.

“I am part of his campaign team and believe in him as a leader and a man of character and principle, a unifying force in our caucus and our province,” Rosin said. “I’ve been on tour with him and traveling around the province with him for the past two weeks.”

For Rosin, the tour was an opportunity to see parts of the province she wouldn’t normally see.

“As the MPP for Banff-Kananaskis and someone who spends most of my time in southern Alberta, it’s been great for me to get out and diversify my worldview in the province,” said Rosin said.

As for the leadership race itself, Rosin sees it as something that will unify the party.

“We have the most engaged members we’ve ever had, and I think that’s really good for the members,” Rosin said. “It was a unifying process and it was an opportunity for members of our government to raise their platforms and make their ideas heard.”

An estimated 120,000 people buy memberships to vote in the race.

“I think it’s really positive to see how much we’re seeing the buy-in from Albertans and our members,” Rosin said. “When we come out of this, members will know they’ve had their say. They had a seven times chance if it lasts that many rounds.

Supporting Toews, Rosin also said she saw friendship between the candidates, despite disagreements over policies.

“For the most part, you’ll find that the contestants have been quite friendly with each other and there’s been a friendly, warm tone to their engagement,” Rosin said.

The main topic of the leadership contest was the Sovereignty Act proposed by leadership candidate Danielle Smith. The law, if passed, would theoretically give the province the power to opt out of federal laws.

While she understands the rationale for the proposed law, Rosin said she doesn’t think it will have the impact that many believe it will have.

“The main issues under federal control would be banks, natural resource development and pipeline construction, border control and airlines,” Rosin said. “All of these things are cross-border and go beyond the Alberta border and we won’t be able to say no to these things.”

Rosin compares the law to a good-sounding list of goods, but not much behind it. He is also not supported by Travis Toews.

“We can’t just tell Westjet to put a vaccine passport on all flights only out of Alberta,” Rosin said. “They’re not going to because they’re operating in an international market.”

Rather than sovereignty legislation, Rosin would like to see something else that has a better impact when it comes to Ottawa.

“I understand the frustration and I understand why people are unhappy with Ottawa,” Rosin said. “I think there has to be a plan that can have a real, meaningful impact on this relationship.”

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