Ten Pounds of Poop

New Year’s Day 2021 was a tough day for Premier Kenney.  Over the Christmas break a number of his Cabinet, MLAs and political staff, used the time off to jet off for warm holidays.  All the while Government instituted a significant lockdown of businesses and public and family gatherings due to the pandemic.   As news of these […]

Child’s Play

If I could make only one wish for a child, I’d wish him the quality of lovingness – Dr. Benjamin Spock As 2020 draws to a close, most of our attention has been on the pandemic.  But it is hard to overlook the childish behaviour of Alberta’s provincial politicians.   There are sharp ideological divides between the […]

The Other Epidemic

By mid November, the COVID-19 pandemic is linked to nearly 450 deaths in Alberta and 10,000 deaths nationwide. Meanwhile just out of sight of most Albertans, the opioid epidemic continues to take its toll.   Since 2016, in Canada, opioid accidental deaths are approaching 20,000.  The Alberta death toll to date is 3,550.  Fentanyl is the main culprit, linked […]

Deja vu – the National Energy Program

October 2020 is the 40th anniversary of Pierre Trudeau’s signature contribution to western alienation.  The budget of 1980 contained the National Energy Program which aimed to redistribute oil wealth from Alberta to the rest of Canada.   The oil boom of the ‘70s was a result of Middle East wars and the emergence of the OPEC cartel that […]

Disability and Cost Cutting

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Helen Keller As Alberta’s fiscal situation worsens, the United Conservative Party (UCP) is searching the sofa cushions for loose change.  They have focused on a financial program for the disabled.   There are two welfare programs for people who have disabilities.  One is call ‘Barriers […]

Sadly, the budget glass is half empty

The United Conservative Party won the election with a promise to balance the budget in its first term.  In its first year, government spent about $58 billion and took in $46 billion – not an auspicious start!  Before the pandemic, it laid out a path to balance the budget. It forecast a 2020 deficit of $6.8 […]