Jason Kenney is unequivocally declaring himself the latest Conservative messiah. What the previous miracles might have been, is anybody’s guess.
As it happens, a cancer hospital, participation in the Green Line LRT, schools in far-flung suburbs, farm labour legislation and a madein-Alberta carbon tax that industry is quite amenable to, brings Alberta limping into the 21st century.
Kenney and others clearly hope that by time travelling us all back to the 20th century, they will be able make all those bruised Alberta egos better again. In addition, we can all expect him to demonstrate, at every grand-standing event over the next two years, his ability, by implication, to walk on water. Expect, however, a personal flotation device to be discretely placed offstage right, just in case. Leonard Upton, Calgary
Beside the ideological programs the NDP are trying to implement, the NDP are deficit financing growth in Alberta. The budget is 25% higher than revenue which isn't sustainable. If you borrowed 25% more than your income every year the bank would take all your assets. Cutting costs won't be easy but Jason will have no choice for the province of Alberta to survive
I truly believe that the NDP was a protest vote. If the "majority of Albertan taxpayers voted NDP will the full knowledge of who they were voting for", I highly doubt we would have voted for increased taxation, loss of major projects due to taxation, or even a Carbon tax, that .....wait for it..... was not even mentioned during the campaign.
more people working, means more taxes, not adding taxes to those that are left working ...
Great letter Leonard, and to saint who wrote, "Your government of choice...." should remember that the majority of Albertan taxpayers voted NDP will the full knowledge of who they were voting for, and they knew exactly why they voted NDP, to bring honesty, competence and intelligence back into Alberta government. So when Kenney comes from Ontario to "save" Alberta from the NDP, he is telling us he knows better than "we the people" who voted together for the NDP to rid ourselves of a tired, old, corrupt right wing PC party who went the wrong direction and screwed Albertans for generations to come by not saving and building up the Heritage Trust Fund like Norway did and Peter Lougheed had planned for. And that tired old corrupt PC party split in two and now they are all back together again, one big happy corrupt family. You see the corruption is imbedded within them, like the federal Conservative and Liberal parties, and it isn't going anywhere. That is why Albertans voted for the NDP, we are basically honest people and can't stand corruption. When we take out our rotten trash to the garbage can and it gets taken to the dump where it belongs, we certainly don't bring that rotten trash back into the house.
Is the left oblivious of the huge debt the ndp and Nutley and her crew are running up? It will have to be paid off. Who will do this, the ndp, I think not. Borrow, spend, repeat. She will have Alberta at least 100 Billion dollars in debt by the time she and her crew are thrown from office. It will take at least one if not two generations of hard working and fiscally responsible governing to have any hope of retiring this debt. The interest alone will be staggering. When a group in Ottawa tells you your spending way beyond your means is not the time for the premier to shrug off the warning. After all Ottawa is the king of borrow and spend when the Liberals are in charge. Nutley, this year is borrowing and spending more borrowed money than the federal government. Who thinks that's a good idea????????
Sadly .. you are not able/capable of connecting the dots that employment brings in taxes ... and taxes pay for the social things you are wanting.
Your government of choice has chased away BILLIONS in investment and has the province over 200,000 unemployed. Those are tax $$ no longer available for the social things you want.
Your government of choice is trending to $100 BILLION in debt. That equates to about $3-4 BILLION every year just in interest payments. That money is no longer available for the social things you want.
Leonard, I loved your letter and understood the point. Of all the people the UPC could have elected for the leadership, they picked the one that represents why in all my years of living in Alberta I have not and will not vote anything conservative. This province is not just all about money, or at least I hope not. There are social issues that are deserved of attention and while I don't agree with everything done, I much prefer this to the just $ focus of 'c's. Blanket slashing like Ralph did led to things like no funds for special education programs, blowing up a hospital in this very city but never replaced it or any of the services and a full wall of Western Canada High School almost falling on a room full of students - ie: money taken from maintenance budgets in schools to maintain the schools to replace what was slashed in the class room, I notice that many don't remember or note the reasons behind it except perhaps parents and educators. I don't want to go backwards and if this province 'looks in the mirror' and again votes UPC, like the very arrogant predictions have said, it is because they believe that the world will return everything to the way it was when oil prices were high and the boom was on. 44 years of 'c' rule only proves the sheep theory in this province and some people still seem to be drinking from the 'c' Koolaid wishing well.
Leonard when the”sunny days” you live in end (as they will) you will have to put your big boy pants on and then see the NDP chapter will have become a nightmare. Kenny is only swinging the pendulum back. It’s what needs to happen.
What a load of BS. "a made in-Alberta carbon tax that industry is quite amenable to" (?) Only the NDP "industry" likes this tax.
The only thing Kenney will do with respect to "going back in time" is to bring back jobs, prosperity and get a handle on the debt. Those are welcomed things ... things the NDP and their ideology stole from Albertans.
Leonard...your wit and cleverness in writing this seems more important to you than the content. The content is rubbish. See above comment for why. I expect your credit is maxed and you are planning a vacation.
Leonard you might try looking a little harder at your precious NDP. Far from moving us forward they have mired us in debt that will limit the flexibility of future governments for years to come. That flotation device you think they have thrown you is really a concrete block.