Standing committee recommends not debating public sector pension bill

A bipartisan committee has recommended Alberta's legislative assembly not debate a bill introduced by NDP MLA Christina Gray that would have reversed changes made last year to how public pensions are managed.

A bipartisan committee has recommended Alberta’s legislative assembly not debate a bill that would have reversed changes made last year to how public pensions are managed.

In a vote that fell along party lines, the six members of the UCP government on the standing committee on private bills and private members’ public bills voted 6-4 against recommending that the legislature consider the bill tabled by NDP MLA Christina Gray. The bill would also make it illegal for the provincial government to pull out of the Canada Pension Plan — something currently being studied.

“I went into it knowing that the UCP majority on the committee has never let an NDP opposition bill proceed, but I am still profoundly disappointed that they rejected allowing the debate on the floor of the legislature,” Gray said Monday afternoon after the committee’s decision.

The UCP members on the committee also voted to prevent 3,400 responses received from the public related to the bill from being made public, citing privacy concerns.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal – Politics


Seahawks Star Has Strong Reaction to Antonio Brown Rumors

As the Antonio Brown rumors heat up, some of the Seattle Seahawks players are responding to the idea of having the former Pro Bowl receiver as a teammate. Shaquill Griffin took to Twitter to voice his approval of the Seahawks adding Brown emphasizing that he loves the idea of squaring off with the star receiver on a regular basis in practice.

“Would Love To Work With @AB84! Ijs 🤷🏾‍♂️,” Griffin tweeted.

The Pro Bowl cornerback used “IJS” at the end of the post which is a common abbreviation for “I’m just saying.” Griffin’s comments came after Brown posted a video of himself working out at Russell Wilson’s house in San Diego. Griffin and the Seahawks secondary already have tough weekly matchups against DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. If the Seahawks add Brown, we can expect very competitive one-on-one drills at the Seahawks facility this fall.

Wilson Is in Favor of Signing Brown

Griffin is not the only Seahawks player who is in favor of the team taking a chance on Brown. Wilson went on the record last season admitting he pushed the Seahawks to add Brown, and multiple reports indicate that the Seattle quarterback is still prodding the franchise to sign the receiver.

“For the Seahawks, we are trying to win a Super Bowl,” Wilson said on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown in November 2019. “Trying to find every way to win, I think both of those guys [Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon], I’ve been around both of those guys. Both are tremendous talents, some of the best receiver, talent-wise, to ever play the game kind of talent. So, any time you get an opportunity to play with a guy like that you definitely want to. I think with Josh, when the Patriots released him we were really excited about the opportunity to potentially bring him in. He’s been fitting in great. He’s taken on the challenge. He’s studying like crazy and the good thing is we get to add him to a lot of great other receivers, so it’s going to be a great thing for us.”

It sounds like Wilson’s opinion has not changed this offseason. If anything, hosting Brown for a workout shows exactly where the Seahawks quarterback stands on the receiver going into next season.

“Russell Wilson, as you can tell, would love for him [Brown] to be …read more



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