As Alberta's debt and deficit is manageable without cuts if Alberta implements a PST, following the Mackinnon report recommendations without looking at increasing potential revenues would undercut Jason Kenney's claim of being a fiscally responsible Premier. Neither pixie dust nor magic wands are needed to inform Albertans that the Mackinnon report is a political document with an incomplete mandate of looking at Alberta's expenditures and not the potential revenues available to the lowest taxed and wealthiest Province in Canada.
Conservatives cannot point to any corruption examples or criminal activities of the Liberal Party or Prime Minister Trudeau, yet they continue to make the claim that our current Government is corrupt. Examples of real corruption and/or criminal activities was amply demonstrated by the Harper Government but not by our current Government.
Professor Leach's polite way of telling Albertans that CONservatives are Gaslighting them: "They're selling you a bill of goods."
Whether in Alberta with Jason Kenney, Ontario with Doug Ford, or federally with Andrew Scheer, Conservatives perpetuate a myth that we are over-taxed, that high taxes are bad, deficits are bad, and that we don’t want to leave our grandchildren a higher debt burden. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ALREADY
Conservative economics drives and exacerbates income inequality. Their neoliberal ideology started in the UK with Thatcher, the U.S. with Reagan, went into hyper-drive with Stephen Harper, and is in full swing in Ontario with Doug Ford. Alberta will follow suit with Jason Kenney cuts.
"Beneath that cerebral, taciturn exterior, however, one detects an insecure, hapless control freak, quick to sulk when he doesn’t get his way, shy, awkward, and deeply repressed."
Some people tell lies to conceal the truth; the Conservatives tell lies because they have forgotten what the truth is. It is all about controlling the message. Harper ... is a master channel changer and his success begins where debate ends.
The Ottawa bubble appears to be feeling the effects of climate change. The Polar Vortex driven by Canadian Media is spinning out of control: logic and common sense appears to be frozen solid, sacrificed on the altar of click-bait journalism where shaping how the public is supposed to think matters more than reporting real news.
The JWR "pressure" narrative the media is obsessed with is Gaslighting on steroids. By not doing wide consultations including legal expertise more experienced than herself on whether to over-ride the DPP, JWR also abrogated her duty when she ignored the Finance Minster's request to consider jobs before making a final decision.
By referring to PMJT as the "Trust fund Trudeau" is Mr Poilievre suggesting that responsible wealthy parents shouldn't set up trust-funds for their own children? Perhaps, given his wealth, he should comment on his own daughter's status! Did Mr Poilievre not set up a trust-fund for her?
It's important to understand why Conservatives have succumbed to Tribalism, Fake News, and are often anti-science, anti-data, anti-elites (i.e. experts), and anti-evidence-based-decision-making. Their ideology in Canada today is steeped in the history of Stephen Harper's influence on the Party and his belief in American Republicanism. The effects of Harper's Social Conservatism had an enormous effect … Continue reading Conservative ideology is rife with attacks on Science and Data
Stephen Harper expressed open hostility about “Liberal courts” and “Liberal bureaucracy” when first elected. His first move to force his ideology on the DOJ was the "elimination of the Court Challenges Program and the Law Commission of Canada as well as budget cuts to numerous organizations with human rights and equality mandates."
As the federal election is heating up, the partisan bias of Canadian media is deservedly coming under a microscope. With their click-bait titles and false both-sideism coverage, Mainstream Media (MSM) have become whores to the almighty $. Canada is becoming Trumpland's vassal.
The carbon tax is a resounding success despite complaints to the contrary by Jason Kenney and the UCP in Alberta. Like BC which has had a carbon tax since 2007, Alberta leads the Country in Growth. California with a Cap-and-Trade emissions program leads the U.S. in growth. Coincidence? We don't think so.
The toxic polarization we are seeing with Conservatives today was introduced by Stephen Harper, a Republican ideologue. He governed for his base only. Remind you of someone? Our Charter was the only thing that stood in the way of an Autocratic ruler who would have subverted our Democracy to his whims.
Andrew Scheer is the leader of the Opposition in Canada, yet he finds the time to mislead his base almost every day. He has an unhealthy and seemingly pathological obsession with blaming PM Justin Trudeau (PMJT) for everything under the sun. As such, we started several blog posts dedicated entirely to Scheer’s #AlternativeFacts, obfuscations, misrepresentations, deflections and/or straight-up lies.
Mr Kenney, leader of the United Conservative Party in Alberta alleges that Prime Minister Trudeau (PMJT) laid out some "smears against construction workers" but that's not true! PM Trudeau took the high road by not calling out the misinformation of a Conservative plant who had to read her question from a note. The experience she related was singular, and not shared by the women who were abused.Gender-based impacts are well-known and a disservice to women to dismiss them. Kenney is projecting: smearing is on him.
"The fact that we find ourselves here today discussing carbon pricing is telling – despite the fact that carbon prices of one sort or another have been implemented in Canada for more than a decade, opposition and misinformation about carbon pricing policies remains rampant." Andrew Leach
For Andrew Scheer to claim PM Justin Trudeau is responsible for TransCanada's name change because they are running away from Canada when they are heavily invested in the U.S. and when the name change to TC Energy was planned over a year ago, is tin-foil hat thinking. There is rarely a day that goes by without a tweet from Andrew Scheer blaming PM Trudeau for some alleged wrong. He cornered the market on #AlternativeFacts, misrepresentations, and/or obfuscations long ago, but his obsession with blaming PMJT is borderin gon pathological.
According to Albertans the sky is falling as Bill C-48, is unfair because it prevents Oilsands Bitumen from going to market, and it's hypocritical because Quebec doesn't ban tankers. It's a Supertanker ban for Hecate Strait and the Douglas Channel. It does not stop smaller oil tankers from carrying sweet crude. My tweet thread below explains why there is no double standard and why the ban is warranted, especially given it's been informal policy for over 20 yrs.
In the 1970s, Alberta was hit by a modern-day gold rush. Oil prices soared and adventurers flooded into the province in a frenzied hunt to strike it rich. But the frenzied greed of the Alberta oil boom would take its toll. By the early 1980s, too rapid expansion and a world-wide economic recession hit the industry hard.
"Chicken Little pronouncements from opposition politicians like Kenney don’t help a whit, especially his tweet calling for “economic nationalists” – a clear aping of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon populism that is roiling the United States – to “be storming the proverbial gates to demand coastal pipelines be built.”
Oil prices and an oil glut didn't have anything to do with Alberta's downturn: it was caused by Superwoman Rachel Notley and her Superman sidekick, Justin Trudeau. Jason Kenney's Pants are on Fire: United Conservative Party Leader of Alberta Jason Kenney puts the blame of Alberta’s economy and oil trouble squarely on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and current Alberta Premier Rachel Notley
If a Billion-$ industry can be easily blockaded by the chump change of NGOs, perhaps oil and pipeline companies which can outspend them 100-1 need new CEOs?
Alberta is the richest Province in Canada with the highest average income in the country and it enjoys the lowest taxes. Conservative Albertans complain that they are being unfairly treated. Seriously? They have enormous fiscal capacity.