The Canadian Federation of Independent Business supports Premier Alison Redford’s decision to remove the government’s Regulatory Review Secretariat from the Finance Ministry and to make it the Premier’s responsibility as part of the overhaul of the provincial Cabinet.
“Cutting red tape requires political leadership from the top. This is a clear sign the new Premier is serious. After three years of little to no progress on this critical issue for small business, it looks like we may finally see some action,” says Alberta Director Richard Truscott.
Alberta received an “F” for red tape accountability on a Federation provincial report card earlier this year. In August, the Federation asked the PC leadership candidates about their overall vision for the future of entrepreneurship in Alberta, as well as a series of questions on specific issues, including regulatory reform.
When asked “What is your plan to cut red tape for small businesses in Alberta?” Redford, one of the six leadership candidates at the time, answers “I will create a taskforce mandated to determine the best ways to cut red tape and eliminate unnecessary regulations. The taskforce will have a hard deadline and once it submits a final report, I will act to implement its recommendations. I will also cut down on waste and duplication by reorganizing government operations.”
“As Justice Minister, I headed the Alberta Safe Communities Secretariat, a cross-ministry venture that brought together disparate branches to fight crime and help Alberta’s most vulnerable. I see this sort of organization, which tears down barriers between departments and fosters close communications among dispersed staff, as a model for a government that serves Albertans promptly and efficiently,” adds Redford.
“We look forward to working with the Premier to fulfil her campaign promise with the goal of once again making Alberta a leader in controlling red tape,” says Truscott.