A “Marathon Session”

The Alberta Legislature is adjourned for a month.

For this we are truly grateful because no matter how Jason Kenney tries to dress up his performance—he says he’s well on his way to delivering on almost 70% of his campaign promises—he has not delivered on the promise of “jobs, economy, pipelines.”

And no, making a risky $1.5 billion equity investment and providing a $6 billion loan guarantee on the American segment of the KXL pipeline does not count.

Promises, promises, promises

Kenney’s campaign promises went up in smoke because he missed the memo, the one that said major oil companies want to own only the cheapest, cleanest reserves.  

Case in point.

Last week Total, a global energy company, announced it was taking a $9.3 billion asset impairment charge on its Canadian oilsands assets because (1) the oilsands are high cost investments in a low price environment and (2) they meet the definition of “stranded” assets under Total’s commitment to become a net-zero emissions company by 2050 or sooner.  

Total’s announcement comes on the heels of similar announcements by BP and Royal Dutch Shell which wrote down $17.5B and $22B respectively.*

It dovetails with the long string of announcements by investment banks like Deutsche Bank which pledged to align their credit and investment portfolios with the goals of the Paris Agreement in order to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

Net-zero emissions by 2050. Sense a pattern here?

Hypocritical?

Rather than reverse its plan to deregulate the energy sector as much as possible under the guise of cutting red tape (and instead introduce legislation that aligns with the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050) the Kenney government reverted to form: it had a temper tantrum.

Kenney’s energy minister, Sonya Savage, blasted Total’s “highly-hypocritical decision,” saying Total had dismissed “the leadership of Canadian producers who are doing their part with active strategies that have reduced emissions.”

Really?

If Canada’s producers are doing their part with “active strategies that have reduced emissions” then why are they complaining that the federal government’s aid program (LEEFE) is too restrictive because it includes a requirement to report on climate change and what the company is doing to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. If Savage is right, the LEEFE requirements should be a slam dunk, so what gives?       

Kenney doubled down the attack on any institution critical of the oilsands by demanding that Deutsche Bank “share with us the factual basis upon which these decisions were made.”

Given that Deutsche Bank is an international investment bank that holds $2.5 trillion in assets, it’s highly unlikely its CEO knows who Kenney is, let alone is quaking in his boots waiting for Kenney’s call. But go for it, Jason.  

Promises made, not delivered

Kenney is patting himself on the back for wrapping up “a marathon session that saw 34 bills passed to make life better, diversify our economy and get Albertans back to work.”  

He itemized some of the bills he deemed noteworthy including Bill 32 which “restored balance” in the workplace by stripping employees of many of their workplace rights.

He failed to mention that his government’s behavior undermined the democratic process or that his government’s policies pitched the government against doctors, teachers, parents, seniors and other vulnerable groups, municipalities, universities, rural Albertans, urban Albertans, the LBGTQ+ community, nature lovers, environmentalists and just about everyone else.

Which leads one to wonder whether Kenney’s pugilistic stance is façade to paper over his government’s failure to deliver on his campaign promise of jobs, a booming economy and pipelines.

Then again, it may be just a reflection of the man.

*The Economist, July 18, 2020, p51

NOTE: Ms Soapbox will be on vacation for the next two weeks, but she promises to read your comments and respond from time to time.

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45 Responses to A “Marathon Session”

  1. K says:

    I doubt whether Kenney is capable of reflection, or even has a reflection.

  2. kehrwren says:

    I doubt whether Kenney is capable of reflection, or even has one.

  3. Lorraine Stephenson says:

    Susan, I know that you’re a lawyer….is there a legal way that we could overthrow this corrupt dictatorship?

    • Dwayne says:

      Lorraine Stephenson That’s a good question. Recently, another UCP member got a fine of around $20,000 for election related infractions. Hopefully, the UCP empire will collapse like a house of cards. Here’s to hope!

    • Lorraine, this government, like the Trump government, was democratically elected, so our only recourse is to throw them out in 2023. Interestingly the odds of us being able to do so improve if the Wexit party gains more supporters. I just read a letter by Rob Anderson (a former Wildrose MLA) attacking Kenney for saying he’s a federalist with no use for Wexiteers. Anderson said it a “weak kneed, blind, wrap-yourself-in-the-flag response” and warned that unless Kenney gets his act together (ie supports separation as the last resort if Alberta doesn’t get what it wants), then the Wexiteers and the UCP will split the vote in 2023 and the NDP will win.
      Until then we must continue to call out all the bone-headed things Kenney is doing and if he ever puts his recall legislation in place, mobilize and vote out as many UCP MLAs that we can.

  4. Dwayne says:

    Susan: Thanks for another great blog. It is mindboggling how there are still people in Alberta who support the UCP. The UCP is outpacing Ralph Klein for being dishonest, acting like a bully and a dictator, doing very costly debacles, treating the vulnerable, the seniors, our medical professionals, our students and teachers in Alberta with contempt, selling out Alberta to private interests, increasing insurance and utility costs, neglecting essential services, and disregarding environmental protection. It would be nice to see the UCP gone. It’s not getting better. I hope you and your family have a happy and safe vacation.

    • Dwayne, I agree with you that the UCP under Kenney is far more harmful than the PCs under Klein ever were. Who’d think we’d say that about Klein, the man who tried to sneak in The Third Way to privatize healthcare, blew up the General Hospital, sold off the Holy Cross and other hospitals for a song, etc. But in one short year Kenney’s government did more damage to its relationship with the doctors than any previous government. And that’s just the healthcare file. A review of the policies relating to energy, environment, education, seniors, etc would yield the same results. Makes you wonder how his supporters can continue to say he’s the right choice for Alberta.

  5. jerrymacgp says:

    It’s funny … KenneyCons are suppose to be all about “small government” & reducing “red tape” …. and yet, they pass reams of new legislation & impose onerous new regulations on Alberta workers & their unions. Of course, much of the legislation passed is not only about undoing previous reforms by the previous NDP government, but in fact rolling back worker rights even further than during the darkest days of the Klein era, and choking off freedoms most of us take for granted.

    We have seen ideological conservatism before, and we have seen pragmatic conservatism; we have also seen pragmatic progressivism under Rachel Notley, whose government was far from ideological on the left. But in the 35 years since I moved to Alberta from Nova Scotia, I can’t recall any previous government that was as ideologically hard right as this one. They are no longer merely conservatives; they’re starting to border on fascist.

    I hope you & yours have a safe, healthy & relaxing vacation :-).

    • Mike in Edmonton says:

      I find it strange that the people who most loudly proclaim that Business can do nothing wrong, and Government can do nothing right–promptly prove themselves correct when they form a government….

      • Well said Mike: part of the problem in Kenney’s case is he’s never worked in business and hasn’t a clue how businesses are run. For example, business executives are subject to securities laws that prevent them from lying and misleading the public. Politicians are not.

    • Jerrymacgp: you make an excellent point. I believe what Kenney really wants is “small government” and less “red tape” for business (large and small) which translates into fewer protections for workers and unions, lax environmental rules, and more privatization across the board.
      What drives me wild is how he cherry picks examples from progressive jurisdictions to support his decisions. For example he touted Denmark’s covid return to school plan without acknowledging Denmark’s class sizes are significantly smaller than ours and they’re spending hard cash to make schools safer by installing extra sinks, converting taps to automatic sensory ones, reallocated toilets so each class has their own bathroom and hiring more cleaners to sanitize schools. This is a far cry from Kenney saying he’s allocating $120M to covid-preparedness (this is just returning part of the $128M he took away to “fight” the covid effort a few months ago), oh and let’s not forget that part of his covid-preparedness plan is telling teachers to “tidy up” the classroom.

  6. Bota28 says:

    What a self serving little minion…. he cares less about the average Albertan this is all about him and his corporate buddies and a race to the bottom

    • Carlos says:

      Bota28 you got that exactly right – it is him and corporate power

      This is what it is all about and will destroy not just our water and the mountain slopes but more importantly our reputation. this is how he intends to attract businesses. His energy minister calls the companies that are leaving. hypocrites. That is how she attracts business to Alberta. Calling them names. As far as regular people, we are terrorists if we disagree with her and subject to the War room garbage.

      https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/08/03/What-Kenney-Killed-Embrace-Coal/?utm_source=weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=030820

      Thank God for our democracy !!!! It is ridiculous – who agrees with this other than his UCP gang of idiots?

      • Dwayne says:

        Carlos: Alberta has now officially reached the have not status once again. The Alberta PCs, beginning with Don Getty, assisted in this, because they kept on losing and wasting money on epic mistakes and failures, and didn’t plan for the future times, like when oil prices would sink. The UCP haven’t been any different. The UCP keeps on wasting and losing epic amounts of money on major mistakes, and it’s not helping Alberta one iota. Yet another UCP member was given a fine of nearly $20,000 for election related infractions. It’s basically silence from most of the media on this, because they are hyper fixated on Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau and the We incident. The CPC also supported Craig and Mark Keilberger. The UCP has done far more costlier mistakes, than the We incident, and again, the media is pretty much silent on this. What will it take for the media to see that the UCP aren’t benefitting the people of Alberta? Is democracy really existing in Alberta? Hard to see that, when the UCP got into power by dubious means.

      • Carlos, I too wondered about that: Why does Kenney think he’ll attract business investment by calling corporations names? Total developed a long term business strategy that includes a response to climate change. It’s free to decide where to invest or not invest.
        In a similar vein Kenney said any company that doesn’t pull up stakes and move its head office to Alberta to take advantage of our low corporate tax rate is irresponsible.
        Kenney is a sad little politician governing a struggling province with an outdated ideology. He has no right to call these corporations, their executives, their boards of directors and their shareholders names. When he does so, he proves to them he’s foolish and immature.

    • Bota28: I think you’ve put your finger on the real problem. Some people enter politics to serve the greater good (we may disagree with what the greater good is but at least it’s a noble purpose). Other people become career politicians because it’s the ultimate source of power. I’ll leave it at that.

  7. Garrell Clark says:

    Alberta will be destroyed by this government unless the people rise up.

    • Garrell, many of them are finally making their voices heard but it looks like we’ll have to do this over and over again to make the government take a second look at each and every one of their failed policies.
      It’s more likely however that the steady stream of people and businesses heading elsewhere will finally convince those who remain that the UCP are not fit to govern.
      Never were, never will be.

  8. Susan in Palliser says:

    Sadly I agree with previous mind ‘boggling’ and ‘ideologically hard right’ comments.

    Soapbox column and the intelligent comments help to offer some consolation about the policies, bills and rigid stance of the MlA’s of this UPC lead government. My concern, that grows and grows, is that these blogs reflect in depth analysis for those of us who share the same perspectives. Given a first – past- the post voting system and what seems to be a strongly entrenched world view that supports the perspectives (propaganda?) of the UPC, is there the possibility that a ‘progressive pragmatic’ government under anyone will be elected in Alberta in the near future.?

    I despair to see hard won rights cast aside in a marathon session while ‘boasting’ about the provincial legislature sitting on behalf of all Albertans ( while Parliament did not.)
    Seeking solutions! Stay well!

    • Mike in Edmonton says:

      Well Susan, I agree about the high quality and thoughtful content of both our hostess Ms. Soapbox and her regular readers (of course, we’re all preaching to our own choir, but we won’t mention that).

      Re action: rabble.ca published this interview with Guy Smith, president of the Alberta Union of Public Employees:

      https://rabble.ca/news/2020/07/aupe-preparing-members-strike-action-wake-albertas-bill-32

      I ought to be on the picket lines. I’ve been a provincial employee for 34 years. Ralph Klein wasn’t nearly as bad as Jason Kenney. But honestly, I don’t think I’ve got the guts. But after 27 August, I probably won’t have a job, either. Laid off (unlikely, they’d have to pay me to leave) or quit because I will NOT take a pay cut.

      • Mike in Edmonton, thanks for the link to the interview with Guy Smith. He made the point that two of the most dangerous pieces of legislation passed by the UCP government are Bill 1 (Critical Infrastructure Defense Act) and Bill 32 (Restoring Balance in the Workplace Act). Bill 1 because it attacks our constitutional right to protest (as set out by the rights of assembly and free speech) and Bill 32 because it undermines unions.
        It boggles my mind that UCP supporters are fine with this given that protest by oppressed minorities and the pressure brought to bear by organized labour made life better (not worse) for everyone.
        It seems to me that many people don’t know their history. A quick review of the vicious attacks on striking workers by Henry Frick and Andrew Carnegie is in order.
        PS I hope things work out for you personally. It sounds very stressful.

    • Susan in Palliser: I share your concerns. Here we “preach to the choir” but hopefully give the “choir” a few more tools to use in debates with those who don’t share our views.
      I continue to hold out hope that the UCP will make such a botch of it that Albertans will flock to the NDP in 2023. If I’m wrong and the UCP is re-elected I for one will give serious consideration to moving to a saner province.

  9. Bill Malcolm says:

    The question at the heart of all this for many people is whether kenney is out to merely glorify himself in his own mind, or whether he believes so strongly in free enterprise that he believes economic miracles will occur if business is allowed to run unfettered, thus providing jobs for all. It is possibly a childish belief of his that the second scenario will lead to the first.

    However, following links from his Wikipedia entry would lead one to believe he is above all a religious ideologue who does not believe in free speech. He is a driven top-down man.

    His schooling was entirely at snooty preparatory outfits rather equivalent in outlook to the English “public” schools like Eton where jolly japers like Boris the Bozo are educated to become the movers and shakers of higher government bureaucracy in the old Empire colonial tradition. Athletic sport performance is stressed. The love of participating in team sport seems to have been replaced in kenney’s case by an appreciation of food.

    If, when you attend a US Jesuit college after graduating from Notre Dame prep school in the middle -of-nowhere Saskatchewan, you choose to do so in the US, and then spend your time handing out leaflets about the evils of abortion, observers are entitled to speculate how such an outlook was engendered in the young man. Nominally enrolled as a Philosophy major, typical liberal arts hold no interest for him, nor apparently does deep friendship with persons of either main genders. kenney made opponents of even the Jesuits running his college, and it is worth quoting part of the Wiki entry:

    “He argued against Jesuit professors, including Rev. John Clarke, who declared free speech essential to a university. Allowing pro-choice activists on campus, Kenney argued in the CNN interview, was “destroying the mission and the purpose of this university”. In the student newspaper, he suggested that if the school gave a platform to pro-choice groups in the name of free speech, it would have no basis to refuse a similar platform to pedophiles or to the Church of Satan.
    The archbishop rejected the petition that summer, and Kenney never returned to finish his undergraduate philosophy degree. He left university without graduating ..”

    No doubt in a giant snit. Turned down philosophically even by the powers that be in the Catholic church, one can only speculate as to the kind of ideas that must permeate his mind compared to those of your average Western citizen. Perhaps the notion of putting down “heretics” on trumped-up charges by the Inquisitions in the Middle Ages, or like the drowning of witches in Salem, Massachusetts, appeals to him. It is a logical position for a critic to ponder, given his behaviour.

    Now we also know why as Immigration minister, he refused to allow the British thinker and former MP George Galloway to even enter the country to give a lecture! Galloway must be godless and a satan equivalent, whose ideas would corrupt tiny Canadian minds. kenney managed to be more of a religious demagogue than even the Jesuits of San Francisco could tolerate, and he them in return.

    Completely out of touch with modern society, apparently ignorant of modern social thought, eyes firmly closed against any thought that might ruin his purity of mind, fingers firmly stuck in his ears, the monastic kenney has arranged himself as the premier of Alberta. I suggest it is impossible to contemplate his legislative program without considering his background and actions. The outwardly humourless kenney does not like people, and must believe the only way forward is to indoctrinate his flock with his own peculiar outlook, keeping them from having independent thought until they finally see the Light. What other possible explanation is there? His low brow snarling hangers-on as cabinet ministers are highly unlikely to be as single-minded as he is, nor as determined and willing to embrace any subterfuge and division to get to the final solution he has decided is the ideal society. So, any thoughts of social fairness, compromise, environmental regard, in fact any western societal thoughts and freedoms gained since about 1800 AD are abhorrent to his very psyche.

    Blessed with the gift of the gab to persuade others by cynically exploiting their beliefs, a not bad gift at emotive public acting, a minor working knowledge of basic naked capitalism, the need to have a strong economic base from which to surge forth and influence others to return to a simpler life where the lords tell the serfs how they must obey to be good simple folk, no wonder he’s outraged when other nominal capitalists prove to be at least as enlightened as the Jesuits of his failed college career. Those oil and insurance companies rejecting his tarsand resource have metaphorically stabbed him in the back. So he will now double down on his ideas, rejecting any minor diversions like coping with Covid-19 in schools, or pesky doctors not getting down to working perpetual overtime for less recompense, all for the long term goal of presumably glorifying his idea of the Christian God versus the evil forces arrayed against him.

    Either that, or he’s nuts and a mere sociopath.

    No matter which, the relentless anti-modern kennification of Alberta will continue. Though he be beset by fire, flood, famine or pestilence and enemies on all sides while wresting bounty from the good Earth, yet shall God or the Canadian government provide. And marching behind him will be the army of foul-mouthed rednecks who have swallowed the right wing nonsense if not the religiosity to become the enforcers of the new order, the petty officials only too keen to mind other people’s business for them and the cause.

    • CallmeHal says:

      We’re only missing famine and fire so far. Kenney can induce famine with his regressive labour laws. As for fire, it’s figurative: Gehenna. Is there any better way to describe the UCP’s decision to send children back to school without funding for health and safety in a pandemic? Into the “fire” of the pandemic they go. As with the ancients, as with Alberta.

    • Carlos says:

      Bill well said. Judging by the intensity he has bullied everyone around I would say he is an evangelical sociopath living in the 12th century.
      what is more disturbing to me is that despite a strong display of tyranny he continues to impress some conservatives not just in Alberta but in Canada. That is outright dangerous. The Conservative Party of Canada could easily cement this Harperist /Kenneyst brand of extreme right wing and Canada could easily move from a pseudo democracy to an entrenched one ideology system.

    • Brent McFadyen says:

      Remember this the election funding has changed to allow support of candidates in municipal elections and most likely school trustees , this means our town and city councils and school boards will have ultra right wing candidates funded by UCP supporters. This is the play book from the Republican Party in the US to move forward their right wing agenda. Once they have control there it will be near impossible to dislodge them from power at any level.

      • Carlos says:

        Absolutely right – and the people we are electing have the same mentality as the premier
        7 billion investment for a pipeline that may never be built and zero to reopen schools safely – the typical dropout investment schema.
        UCP – United Cro-Magnon People

      • Carlos, I think it’s very telling that Kenney has surrounded himself with ministers who are even less capable than he is. I would be surprised if any of them challenges him on any issue, even when their constituents are beating down the doors in disgust. This will ultimately be his downfall. He is responsible for all the idiotic policies coming out of the Legislature. He can’t fob the blame off on anyone else. This is why I think he’s stupider than Trump who figured out early on that someone else has to be the patsy. Kenney hasn’t given himself that latitude because as he’s repeatedly told us, he “holds the pen.” If he holds the pen then he takes the blame when it all goes sideways.

      • CallmeHal says:

        The Former Manning Institute/Centre has already done this for more than a decade across the country. They ran candidates for Calgary’s public school trustee positions a couple of elections ago.

        Beware of your choice for Calgary’s city council. There is a UCP slate, but I doubt they’ll openly declare this. Here’s a hint: do they mention “Manning” in their resumes? Also, the new name is “The Strong and Free Network”. Jargon is another clue. And if they’re allied with someone on council who has known UCP ties, it’s probably not a coincidence.

      • Good comments Brent and CallmeHal: Our only recourse will be to educate as many people as we can about who these UCP backed candidates are and why they’re not the right choice. They show up with their magical thinking (cut, cut, cut and everything will be fine) but every business CEO I’ve worked for has said, you can’t cut your way to prosperity, you need a good business model that generates a sustainable revenue stream. Cuts are not a long term solution.

    • Bill, your characterization of Kenney as someone who’s obsessed with the battle between good and evil (which him being a champion for all that is good) rings true.
      In his speech in 2000 to St Joseph’s Community Catholic Home School Conference he says Pope John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae stuck him “like lightening” (an allusion to St Paul on the road to Damascus) and led him to the “political vocation” where he could fight the “culture of death” with the “gospel of life”. It’s a chilling speech that tells us everything we need to know about what drives this man.
      Here’s the link to the Evangelium Vitae
      http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_25031995_evangelium-vitae.html#-1O
      Here’s the link to my blog about the speech https://susanonthesoapbox.com/2019/03/24/jason-kenney-and-the-pope/

      • CallmeHal says:

        From “Babylon by the Sea” to “Babylon Health by Telus”. Was he foreshadowing something?

    • CallmeHal says:

      And today we learned that Alberta has signed on to use nuclear energy to extract oilsands. Did you know that Alberta had lots of uranium waiting to be mined up in the Athabasca region? Uranium City, Alberta has a nice ring to it. It’s so clean and diversified.

      It is worth remembering that Jesuits educated Pierre Trudeau during his formative years, but the Jesuit college and Jason Kenney were not a good mix. Oil and water, you might say.

  10. Mike in Edmonton says:

    So Lord Jason is bragging about all the bad legislation he’s passed. When’s he gonna start bragging about being the most-sued premier in–well–ever?

  11. Judy J. Johnson says:

    Thanks Susan for giving us the straight goods. The most rudimentary comparative analysis between Kenney and Trump reveals that Jason has plagiarized a chapter of Donny’s guide book on authoritarianism, perhaps even fascism. Let’s hope he doesn’t plagiarize Trump’s entire book when Albertans wake up to his delusions–unshakeable false beliefs that are damaging more than Alberta’s democracy. Call me Pollyanna, but I think enough people are being stung by his mean-spirited legislation that they’ll turf the Tories next election. Love your blogs!

    • Thanks Judy, I too am hopeful that at the end of the day the UCP will be turfed. I can’t believe that come the next election a majority of Albertans will vote in favour of the UCP’s autocratic, cruel, and selfish government. If they do, it will demonstrate that Albertans are not who they say they are.
      Sadly a lot of people will suffer along the way. Today I was reading about the UCP “consulting” with god knows who about privatizing care homes for severely disabled children. Given the botch the private sector did of protecting our seniors, why would anyone think the private sector is equipped to care for kids.
      But hey, if it saves a few bucks, and makes the care home owners rich, well it’s got to be good, right…?

  12. Dave says:

    Yes, this is entirely a reflection of the man. I am sure the term ambitious has been used to describe Kenney on more than one occasion, so I think it would be fair to say his government also has an ambitious agenda. However, I think that is the most positive thing that can be said here. Ambition can be positive, but it can also be negative when excessive self interest and ignoring the welfare of other dominates and I think this is where Kenney and the UCP unfortunately are headed.

    I think the UCP is very eager and ambitious to implement their reactionary agenda. I suppose they hope and perhaps even believe it will result jobs, improved quality of life (for their supporters only?) and somehow by bluster, brute force and sheer will they will get pipelines built. I am not sure if this really stands up to much scrutiny, but this is more a government of certainty of faith and ideological fervor, so I don’t think they focus much on scrutiny of their plans, which is why some of it has come out half baked like the war room. Unfortunately for them, the world has changed a lot in recent years, both within Alberta and perhaps more noticeably outside of Alberta.

    More pipelines are not an easy sell these days in most places outside of Alberta and we have absolutely no control over US politics, so the $7 billion plus bet on Keystone seems foolhardy. Even if they can race to complete it before the upcoming US election, the Presidential permit is for operating and it is within the President’s powers to keep even a pipeline that is largely or completely built from operating. Even within Alberta, I do not sense a great deal of enthusiasm to return to the mid 90’s era of Klein cuts. I think opinion in the province is much more divided than it was then and the UCP seems to get too carried away in targeting those that challenge them, like doctors for instance. I am not sure that overt bullying and throwing its weight around is going to gain them any support, it will probably go the other way.

    In any event the UCP has defined itself and set its course. It will have to spend the next few years defending its aggressive or ambitious approach. That will become much more difficult if the government can not deliver soon on those things that people really care about, including jobs and quality of life.

  13. Dave you’ve hit on an important point. I think you’re correct when you describe the UCP as “a government of certainty of faith and ideological fervor” when what we need now more than ever is a government of intellectual curiosity, willing to work with experts and stakeholders to explore and test new ideas to develop a plan for the 21st century.
    No wonder the UCP come out of the chute screaming and yelling when things go wrong. They haven’t a clue why they went off the deep end, let alone how they’re going to get back to solid ground. They double down because they’re too fragile to admit their mistakes and ask for help.
    It’s a recipe for disaster.

  14. Carlos says:

    I sense more than ever in this blog that like myself, people are not just frustrated with what is going on but angry. This is an extraordinary time in our province’s history and I cannot imagine 3 more years of this full display of incompetence and lunacy. It feels that somehow we are giving up on our rights as citizens to not allow the total destruction of common sense and respect for people in general. We need to think of something I am sure we can do along with others to at least make Jason Kenney aware that this is going to stop or have grave consequences.

  15. Carlos says:

    Where is the RCMP investigation on Jason Kenney? I ask again as I am hopeful someone here knows more than I do about the system.
    The question is, if there is no more investigation or no results where is the rule of law that we are so proud of?
    Where is the minister of Justice? where is the lawyers association?
    Just asking

  16. Carlos says:

    To finish up the week in a positive way here is what was the UCP education ultimate thought

    “We want every young person who graduates through Alberta schools, we want them to be the kind of person you’d want to be selling you a used car. Because you can trust them.”

    We do not have to guess where we are heading in this province. It is EXTREME INCOMPETENCE
    and like Trump down south, they think they are doing a great job.
    WOW is all I can say – I am sending this brilliant sentence to every MLA to remind them of what it means serious UCP education mentality.
    Please tell me that I am dreaming

    • CallmeHal says:

      Used car salesman stereotype in action today. The education minister and CMOH know that students will get sick, and some will die, yet schools will reopen without physical distancing or class size reduction anyways:

      https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-covid-pandemic-testing-capacity-asymptomatic-1.5677165

      “Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that ahead of September the province is looking at improving testing availability and turnaround in the coming months.

      “According to a Request for Expressions of Interest and Quotation (RFEOIQ) issued on Wednesday, AHS expects daily demand to rise to 22,000 tests — in part, due to the return to school plans.”

      When you have to FOIP the heck out of what they’re saying to get at the truth, they’re not being truthful. They are used car salesmen. No one should trust them. They are liars, and their negligence will cause deaths. I think Gap would fire them, too (as we all know it stopped being called “The Gap” some time ago).

  17. Michael B. says:

    There is a movement afoot to recall Doug Schweitzer. http://www.dumpdoug.info

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