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 […]

Alberta from Mars – Canada from Venus

“Oil is dead,” pronounced Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. “Oil is never coming back,” says Bloc Leader Yves-François Blanchet.  Their extremist statements are wrong and misinformed. But they demonstrate how the anti-energy narrative plays in parts of Canada.  It seems many Canadians have come to loathe the oilsands!  Over the past 5 years, the unrelenting war by the […]

Bleak Friday – Tougher Monday

Severely normal Albertans should be a bit wary of government press releases on Fridays.  Governments usually make announcements of things they are less proud of on Fridays.  The hope is that any bad news will receive less coverage on the weekend.  Those announcements are called “taking out the trash”. In Canada’s climate change world, it is the energy […]

Resetting the Alberta Economy

The Alberta economy is in bad shape. Wave after wave of bad news has put the province in very deep trouble. The recession of 2015-16 dealt a serious blow to the economy and government’s fiscal situation. The recovery has been slow and tenuous. The federal government’s four-year assault on the energy industry in the name […]

Alberta’s Right-turn Signal is Blinking

Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) swept into power in April 2019.  Alberta has 3 million voters. 1 million voted for the UCP, about 55% of all voters.  That resulted in 63 seats for the UCP and 24 for the New Democrats.   With a strong majority, the UCP set out to implement its campaign promises.   A combative stance […]

Canada’s Brat or Economic Engine

It is about 150 days since the federal election that demonstrated that Western Canada’s resource sectors mattered far less than climate change and mudslinging politics. Immediately after the election, frustration and resentment in Saskatchewan and Alberta boiled over and fresh calls for ‘fair treatment’…. or else…. ‘Wexit’! (western separatism) might become much more fashionable. Alberta’s […]