Alberta task force struck over property rights worries

The province is setting up a task force to address concerns of worried landowners who believe the province is threatening their property rights.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford addresses rural municipal leaders at an annual conference Thursday. (CBC)

The province is setting up a task force to address concerns of worried landowners who believe the province is threatening their property rights.

"We have heard concerns from landowners that their property rights need to be better respected," said Redford. "We need to move towards a more common-sense approach when it comes to property rights."

Some landowners have worried the province is making it easier to reduce property rights if the province decides to build roads or power lines across their land.

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.

The task force will meet with interested parties in December to be followed by open houses across the province in January.

A website will also be set up to hear from Albertans.