Al­berta premier fires back at money guru

Not­ley says Kevin O’Leary try­ing to tell Al­ber­tans how to vote with $1M of­fer to quit

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

Rachel Not­ley has a sim­ple mes­sage for Kevin O’Leary: “Bring it on”

The Al­berta premier fired back at O’Leary, for­merly of CBC-TV’s “Dragon’s Den,” who said he is so con­cerned about what Not­ley’s NDP govern­ment is do­ing to Al­berta’s econ­omy, he’ll in­vest $1 mil­lion in the oil­patch if she’ll quit.

In an in­ter­view with a Toronto ra­dio sta­tion ear­lier this week, O’Leary sug­gested that Not­ley is in over her head when it comes to de­vel­op­ing oil pol­icy and that her govern­ment is paralysing in­vest­ment in the in­dus­try.

He pref­aced his com­ments by say­ing he meant no dis­re­spect.

Not­ley shot back at a news con­fer­ence Tues­day.

“You know, the last time a group of wealthy busi­ness­men tried to tell Al­berta vot­ers how to vote, I ended up be­com­ing premier,” she quipped.

“So, if now we’ve got a Toronto wealthy busi­ness­man who wants to tell Al­berta vot­ers how to vote, I say bring it on.”

She was re­fer­ring to five Al­berta cor­po­rate lead­ers with ties to the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives who held a news con­fer­ence just be­fore last May’s pro­vin­cial elec­tion.

The group, who in­cluded Univer­sity of Al­berta board of gov­er­nors chair­man Doug Goss and some CEOs of Al­berta-based con­struc­tion com­pa­nies, urged vot­ers to “think straight” and ques­tioned why cor­po­ra­tions should have to pay more tax.

The five, whom Not­ley nick­named “The Mo­nop­oly Men,” warned against vot­ing for the NDP and com­plained that busi­nesses al­ways get the short end of the tax stick.

The premier later cited that news con­fer­ence as one of the mo­ments she re­al­ized that the Tories had mis­read the elec­torate and she was go­ing to win.

Not­ley and her party went on to topple the four decade Tory dy­nasty on her way to form­ing a ma­jor­ity govern­ment.


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