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Alberta Fair Deal report released; recommends new provincial police force

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There are 25 different recommendations in the much-anticipated Alberta Fair Deal report which was finally released Wednesday (June 17).

The report includes a number of items, some of them significant.

One is going ahead with a provincial referendum on equalization, something Premier Jason Kenney says will take place in 2021.

The panel also recommends the provincial government create an Alberta Police Service to replace the RCMP, pulling out of the Canada Pension Plan, and appointing an Alberta Chief Firearms Officer as the main highlights.

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Kenney says this report consists of more autonomy, better representation and a renewed respect for all provinces and territories. “Our government agrees, and work on many of these areas is already underway. We are eager to take further action on the panel’s recommendations to ensure Albertans have a strong voice and a fair deal when we need it most.”

More than 40,000 Albertans took part in the Fair Deal Panel engagement last year, providing input on ideas that could give the province a stronger role within Canada.

Oryssia Lennie, Chair of the Fair Deal Panel says Albertans told them they want government to take action to strengthen the province and “assert our jurisdiction, so I think they’ll be pleased with just how much work is happening in the areas they stressed as top priorities.”

You can read the full report here: Fair Deal Panel Report

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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