Conservative Action News (CAN) has responded to the BMBTU budget news by responding to the fact that the BMPU was created as a response to a federal grant and will be administered by the Alberta Government.
The news comes after the BMTU rejected a federal government offer to create a new non-profit body to manage the organization.
The BMBB announced the news on its website Friday morning.
The Alberta Government has provided the BmbTU with $15 million in the form of a $5 million grant to operate the organization from the Alberta Pension Plan.
The announcement is another indication that the Alberta government’s approach to the governance of the BTMU will be based on a federal approach, and not a provincial approach.
Conservative Action Editor-in-Chief Rick Smith said the news should send a message that Alberta’s government will not stand idly by while private, for-profit organizations operate in the province.
“This government has shown itself to be unyielding in its refusal to accept the recommendations of the provincial government and to take any action at all to address the concerns raised by the BMSP,” Smith said.
Alberta needs a public agency to manage its pension plan.” “
This is a sign that Alberta is not going to allow a private corporation to operate in its province.
Alberta needs a public agency to manage its pension plan.”
In a statement, BMBU president John MacLean said the announcement was an attack on the BBMU and the BMEU.
“It’s not surprising that a private company would make such an aggressive decision to run the BMIU, and it is an attack upon the people of Alberta who put in the hard work and fought so hard to get the BMWU off the ground,” MacLean wrote.
“We want to thank the BMDU and BME for their work, and will continue to fight to ensure the BMs are properly run.”
The BMTB has called for a public review of the governance structure of the organization and the province’s future role in its governance.
In a news release, BMT’s general manager and CEO said the BMRB has been working on the organization for more than four years and the process has been underway for more to be completed before the organization’s fiscal year ends on April 1.
The agency has been involved in its creation since 2015, when the BMSB and BMTS joined forces to form the BPMU.
MacLean added the organization is currently undergoing a number of initiatives to ensure it is a “fit” and that the organization meets the standards of the Alberta Ministry of Labour, which has mandated that BMBBs and BMBTs have to be independent of each other.
“While we appreciate the BMOA’s commitment to ensuring a strong and stable structure, we also have concerns about the direction that BMs have been taking, especially in light of the recent events,” MacLaren said.
The federal government is set to make a decision on the future of the group in the coming weeks.
“BMBU has been the leader of the battle for the rights of Albertans, and the federal government has taken notice,” MacLeod said.
He also pointed out that the province has been paying out $3 million in funding annually to the organization since it was established.
“At this time, the BMA is not yet aware of the federal Government’s proposed move to change the BMCU governance structure, but we remain committed to continuing to fight for the BTSU.”
With files from the Canadian Press