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Premier Appoints Task Force To Ensure Landowners Heard

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Premier Alison Redford has created a task force that will be asking Albertans for their concerns regarding property rights.

We have heard concerns from landowners that their property rights need to be better respected, Redford said in a release. We need to move towards a more commonsense approach when it comes to property rights.

The task force will be chaired by Diana McQueen, Minister of Environment and Water, with Evan Berger, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, as the vice-chair.

Other members include Verlyn Olson, Q.C., minister of justice and attorney general; Jeff Johnson, minister of infrastructure; Cal Dallas, minister of intergovernmental, international and Aboriginal relations; Frank Oberle, minister of sustainable resource development; Raymond Prins, MLA for Lacombe-Ponoka; and Arno Doerksen, MLA for Strathmore- Brooks.

In December, meetings will take place with stakeholders. In January, open houses will occur in several communities. A website will allow for written input from Albertans. Further details on how Albertans can participate will be released in the coming weeks.

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