Do I like the UCP government’s Alberta Senate Election Act (Bill 13)? Yes. Especially the purpose behind it.Since the Liberal-appointed members of Parliament’s upper chamber (who laughably call themselves “Independent”) ignored the advice of their own committees and voted to (effectively) smash any future hope of more pipelines in Canada, the Alberta government had to re-raise the subject of Senate reform somehow. Letting ordinary Alberta voters identify the appointees they would like to represent them keeps up the pressure for change — a bit.Do I think the new law will produce much real change? No.Bill 13 is largely symbolic. Reforming the Senate is not high on Premier Jason Kenney’s wish list.The premier clearly stated he would only revive Senate nominee elections if the federal Liberals passed Bills C-48 and C-69, which they have. The two bills ban the shipment of Alberta oil by tanker along the northern coast of B.C. and then so convolute the approval process for pipelines that no new ones are ever likely to be built after Trans Mountain.If Senate reform, in and of itself, were the Alberta government’s goal, Kenney would have pushed for Senate selection votes without tying the move to the passage (or not) of specific legislation.So, Alberta’s Bill 13 is instead about raising our objection to what Kenney rightly calls “a prejudicial attack on Alberta” by the Trudeau government. Deliberate, targeted.Can there be any doubt our province is being singled out? As Kenney said in reaction to the two laws passing, “I was just in the Bay of Fundy a week ago … at the largest oil refinery in the world, that offloads about 200,000 barrels per day from supertankers coming from Saudi Arabia.” Yet the Trudeau government, for all its environmental pomposity is not, as Kenney pointed out, “imposing a ban on the Bay of Fundy.”Nor is there a ban on tankers sailing up the Gulf of Saint Lawrence bringing foreign oil to Quebec refineries. “You’d shut down the Quebec economy if you did,” Kenney said.Nope, the tanker ban passed by the Senate applies only to Alberta.So we have to do something — anything — to register our anger. And one of the somethings we can do is reinstate Senate elections, which the previous NDP government allowed to wither on the vine in 2016.When Albertans can once again vote on who they would prefer to represent them in the Senate, it won’t change how senators are appointed. We can name three possible nominees through popular ballot, but the prerogative to choose will still belong to the PM. And so long as a Liberal named Trudeau resides at 24 Sussex, it’s a sure bet no one put forward by Alberta voters will be chosen.Alberta’s Bill 13 doesn’t deal with term limits or provincial equality or many of the other reforms the Triple-E movement fought for in the 1990s. And unless other provinces follow suit and start holding their own Senate elections, Bill 13 won’t put much pressure on the federal government to make meaningful changes to the Senate, either.Still, doing something is better than just rolling over for Trudeau and hoping he’ll scratch our belly (which seemed to be our previous government’s approach to intergovernmental affairs).The twin anti-oil bills passed by the Liberals in the House of Commons and ultimately adopted by their “Independent” puppets in the Senate shout to the world that Canada, while not technically closed for business, has now become so difficult a place to do business that no sensible energy investors will risk billions here.Will Senate elections reverse that? Definitely not. But they will signal that Albertans are no longer willing to the doormats of Confederation.