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Some read­ers may re­mem­ber TV per­son­al­ity Sandra Jansen who is the PC MLA for Cal­gary-North­west. She was a min­is­ter in the pre­vi­ous Pren­tice govern­ment and sur­vived the NDP win provin­cially a year ago, and now toils as an op­po­si­tion mem­ber.

The other day she sent a re­quest for sup­port for her party, ask­ing for a $20 do­na­tion. Fol­low­ing is her rea­son­ing. "To­day I asked the govern­ment why they are hir­ing more govern­ment of­fi­cials from Man­i­toba, when there are so many Al­ber­tans out of work?"

They replied, "They needed to hire peo­ple with an NDP World view".

Jansen then replied that she would rather see them hire peo­ple with an "Al­berta World view".

Now, while we agree with her ques­tion­ing the govern­ment on hir­ing for­mer Man­i­to­ban NDP sup­port­ers who lost their jobs in that prov­ince's re­cent elec­tion, it is in­con­ceiv­able to this writer, how, do­nat­ing $20 to Sandra's party will help make her point with Rachel

Not­ley. We are also quite sure that Sandra prob­a­bly doesn't know that this plea for money is go­ing out with her name at­tached, but it is a pretty shal­low ex­er­cise in our opin­ion.

One has to think the re­al­ity is that these po­lit­i­cal of­fi­cials are out of work since the Man­i­toba NDP Party got bounced out of power in the April 19 pro­vin­cial elec­tion.

One can only hope that some of these re­cent hires helped the party try to get re-elected, and be­ing of "NDP World view", may have been part of the rea­son for their po­lit­i­cal demise, at least in Man­i­toba. If we were ad­vis­ing Rachel, we, like Jansen, could eas­ily name many

Al­ber­tans to fill these po­si­tions, rather than bring­ing in job­less Man­i­toba bu­reau­crats.

And Rachel needs to start mak­ing bet­ter de­ci­sions. Seems she is hell-bent on turn­ing Al­berta fully or­ange be­fore she faces the elec­torate in three or so years.

Met An­nette Green the other day who does a good job writ­ing the news for the Pi­o­neer Trail Cen­tre. She has been in Drumheller four years, and with an un­de­ni­able English ac­cent, told us she comes from Coven­try, Eng­land.

Now Coven­try, to the unini­ti­ated, is the part of Eng­land that boasts to be­ing the home of Lady Go­diva. And to­day, as a part of Coven­try's tourism mar­ket­ing plan, they ac­tu­ally hire a per­son to act as Lady Go­diva, and ride a horse through the streets for all to see. So let's for a mo­ment pre­tend that we were com­pos­ing an ad for prospec­tive Lady Go­diva ap­pli­cants for the job. Nor­mally, one would think that horse­man­ship may play a big part in the qual­i­fi­ca­tions needed, and prob­a­bly be­ing a fe­male would help as well. Add in long hair, and sup­ply your own body suit, (or take your chances on fit­ting the ones hang­ing in the tack room from pre­vi­ous years), and that's about it.

Ex­cept for the in­put of­fered by the Coven­try Depart­ment of Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety.

"All ap­pli­cants must wear knee pads, el­bow pads, a back brace, pro­tec­tive work boots, and a hel­met with a mouth guard. And suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will also be re­quired to wear a flu­o­res­cent safety vest and safety gog­gles to pre­vent an eye in­jury from fly­ing cob­ble­stones.

Kind of takes the mys­tery out of Lady Go­diva doesn't it?

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