Edmonton Journal

Red-letter quotes from 2014

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Our readers and the Journal’s political columnist Graham Thomson produced some pointed and powerful quotes during 2014 which provide an interestin­g summing up of the year’s events. What follows are some of the pithiest, interestin­g quotes from the past year of letters and from Thomson’s columns.

READE R QUOTE S

JANUARY

“Maybe we should cancel the next election and simply proclaim Daryl Katz as our new mayor, as he is truly the man who runs this city.” Inez Dyer FEBRUARY

“When the focus becomes impressing judges, it (ice dancing) is no longer a true sport, no matter how strong, physical or athletic the participan­ts must be.” Richard Garside MARCH

“After decades of our heralded oil boom, we are actually in debt while Norway’s heritage fund recently hit $1 trillion.” John England APRIL

“Pension reform works best when all sides work it out collaborat­ively. That’s not what’s happening in Alberta today.” Marle Roberts MAY

“To the people who are unimmunize­d: By declining a vaccinatio­n, not only do you put yourself at risk, but also everyone around you.” Dr. Jennifer Chan JUNE

“Compromise­d seniors continue to languish in emergency rooms, and are warehoused needlessly on acute-care wards …” Dr. Douglas Duke JULY

“Filling our coffers at our grandchild­ren’s expense is not prosperity, it’s stealing.” Geoffrey Pounder AUGUST

“While it may be possible to build virtually fireproof structures, few Edmontonia­ns could afford to buy one.” Jim Rivait SEPTEMBER

“I do want my premier to be premier 24 hours a day and whatever it takes to support that effort is worthwhile.” Bruce A. Saville OCTOBER

“Our own Progressiv­e Conservati­ve government made the deliberate choice to favour the new (hospital) projects it did over those that appeared to be the priority nearly 20 years ago.” Don Schurman NOVEMBER

“Changing the weightings won’t improve our education system; fixing Alberta’s diploma exams will.” David Slomp DECEMBER

“For democracy to work, there needs to be a strong opposition in the house.” Steven Lavery

THOMSON QUOTE S

JANUARY

“(Neil) Young’s analogy — especially when he says Hiroshima was ‘mellow’ in comparison to the oilsands — is gross hyperbole that trivialize­s the death of more than 100,000 people who perished in the Japanese city.”

FEBRUARY

“When it comes to scrutiny, the Alberta government tends to prefer lapdogs to watchdogs.”

MARCH

“The PC party doesn’t need 177 days to choose a new leader. It wants that time to raise money, attract new members and grab the media spotlight.”

APRIL

“People don’t just vote with a ballot, they vote with their wallets and the financial statements show the PCs are falling behind the Wildrose.” MAY

“Alberta has high hopes for carbon capture and sequestrat­ion (CCS) projects … But then I have high hopes of winning Lotto 6/49. One of those is a laughably unrealisti­c dream designed to fool the gullible; the other is a lottery.” JUNE

“It is remarkable that a premier who sunk her own ship back in March should still be making waves in late June.” JULY

“Providing only three government-approved options is a bit like asking Albertans if they’d rather be slapped in the face, poked in the eye or kicked in the groin — and then declaring that Albertans want to be slapped in the face.” AUGUST

“A government with billions of dollars pouring in should be wildly popular … but this is Alberta, where the usual laws of political physics don’t apply.” SEPTEMBER

“There’s an eerie sense of deja vu about Prentice’s promises. We have heard similar promises from every premier in the past 22 years — and all failed in one way or another.” OCTOBER

“Considerin­g the amount of money being announced for school and long-term care beds in the past few weeks, these contests really should be called buy-elections.” NOVEMBER

“How does having a student-initiated gay-straight alliance in a school undermine anybody else’s rights?” DECEMBER

“So, in a very cynical move, the government side-swiped the strongly worded Liberals’ bill with a weak bill of its own that may end up in the courts, anyway …”

 ?? RYAN JACKSON/ EDMONTON JOURNAL/ FILE ?? Alberta hospitals were a big topic, peaking during the Journal’s weeklong series on crumbling hospital infrastruc­ture.
RYAN JACKSON/ EDMONTON JOURNAL/ FILE Alberta hospitals were a big topic, peaking during the Journal’s weeklong series on crumbling hospital infrastruc­ture.
 ?? DARRYL DYCK/ CANADIAN PRESS/ FILE ?? Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young’s comparison of the oilsands to Hiroshima was an example of gross hyperbole, columnist Graham Thomson said.
DARRYL DYCK/ CANADIAN PRESS/ FILE Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young’s comparison of the oilsands to Hiroshima was an example of gross hyperbole, columnist Graham Thomson said.
 ?? SHAUGHN BUTTS/ EDMONTON JOURNAL/ FILE ?? Do your civic duty and get your vaccinatio­ns, argued letter writer Dr. Jennifer Chan.
SHAUGHN BUTTS/ EDMONTON JOURNAL/ FILE Do your civic duty and get your vaccinatio­ns, argued letter writer Dr. Jennifer Chan.
 ?? SHAUGHN BUTTS/ EDMONTON JOURNAL/ FILE ?? The fall electoral contests in Calgary and Edmonton should have been dubbed buy-elections, Graham Thomson said.
SHAUGHN BUTTS/ EDMONTON JOURNAL/ FILE The fall electoral contests in Calgary and Edmonton should have been dubbed buy-elections, Graham Thomson said.

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