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Premier (Rachel) Not­ley won’t name two cau­cus mem­bers al­legedly charged with sex­ual mis­con­duct. An­other mem­ber has (al­legedly) been caught out­right ly­ing to us. Just con­tem­plate the fuss that would be made if this was the UCP in­stead of the NDP? Gee, could it be any larger of a dou­ble stan­dard?

BOB COSH (Pol­i­tics is full of dou­ble stan­dards.)


So Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Parks Shan­non Phillips said she “mis­spoke” when (talk­ing) about bully com­plaints she claimed the RCMP fielded on the Bighorn file! Hmmm, I think the spokes are de­servedly fall­ing off the West Leth­bridge MLA’S wagon. Good­bye.

ALVIN W. SHIER (Doesn’t look good, does it?)


Farzana Has­san is off the mark with her take on Trump’s bor­der wall. Bor­ders mat­ter and the crime, hu­man traf­fick­ing, and drugs that have flowed through the U.S. south­ern bor­der is stag­ger­ing. As lit­tle as three years ago, lead­ers on the Demo­cratic side of the House and Se­nate rec­og­nized that fact, and called it a cri­sis, and were in favour of a phys­i­cal bar­rier. The only rea­son this has changed is be­cause of their un­bri­dled ha­tred for the pres­i­dent. It has blinded them to rea­son and they have de­cided that he can­not be al­lowed to have it lest he ful­fil a key elec­tion prom­ise and sat­isfy his base, keep­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of a sec­ond term alive. This is a hill they are will­ing to die on for that rea­son and, of course, to pan­der to their own base. I don’t think Chuck Shumer’s claim that Trump is stok­ing fear res­onates. Those fam­i­lies that have lost loved ones to the crimes and drug over­doses are al­ready stoked, and so should the rest of the coun­try be.

ARCHIE MAC­DON­ALD (There’s a great di­vide be­tween Amer­i­cans and it’s get­ting big­ger.)


So this Leth­bridge cop made a de­ci­sion to run over (tor­ture) this deer. This of­fi­cer was un­der no pres­sure or in high stress sit­u­a­tion and this is what he de­cided to do? What if it was sit­u­a­tion of quick ac­tion/think­ing, could you trust him to make a good de­ci­sion? And he has a gun! Desk job.

JOHN SABAL (Pub­lic out­cry over this in­ci­dent is grow­ing.)


I for sure have been an ad­vo­cate of the Al­berta oil and en­ergy po­si­tions from my first po­si­tion out of univer­sity build­ing the first-ever oil­sands plant. I have to say, how­ever, that all these truck and oil­field equip­ment con­voys and demon­stra­tions in Al­berta are just plain stupid. These demon­stra­tions are demon­strat­ing to the con­verted. We all agree with them. The demon­stra­tions have to be to the peo­ple of On­tario and Que­bec and more so to the gov­ern­ment in Ot­tawa. The CBC, who never will say any­thing against the Lib­er­als and Trudeau, will not cover the protests. Please quit demon­strat­ing to the con­verted. If any of you want to have an im­pact then demon­strate to Ot­tawa – not me. Am I the only one who thinks these demon­stra­tions are just plain use­less be­cause they are only no­ticed by us Al­ber­tans?

A. PET­TER­SON (The protests are likely be­ing held in hopes of draw­ing na­tional at­ten­tion.)

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