The Equalization Program Lightning Rod

You, telling me the things you’re gonna do for meI ain’t blind and I don’t like what I think I see. The Doobie Brothers Taking it to the Streets The Alberta government has announced the wording for the referendum on the federal Equalization Program.  The wording is “Should Section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 — Parliament […]

Strip Mining the Eastern Slopes

…more scars upon the land.  John Denver Rocky Mountain High NOTE THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT RESTORED THE COAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY MONDAY FEBRUARY 8TH 2021 The UCP government is encouraging coal strip mining on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.  They found willing partners in Australian mining companies.  These companies acquired leases in the eastern slopes of the Rockies […]

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 […]

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 […]

Are you better off today?

‘It might be well if you would ask yourself, are you better off than you were four years ago?‘ Ronald Reagan 1980, Jason Kenney 2019 The United Conservative Party’s (UCP) campaign document of a year ago hasn’t aged well.  The document made the case that the NDP government had failed at growing the economy, dealing with […]

A Fairly Complex Deal

In a tub-thumping speech to Alberta’s conservative elite in November, Premier Kenney announced a Fair Deal Panel to examine ways to strengthen Alberta’s position in Canada.  But there is a significant challenge with the ideas the Panel will examine: None have a direct bearing on the root causes of frustration on the prairies. And some […]