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 […]

Alberta’s Christmas List

Before Amazon and the internet, the Sears Wishbook was the catalogue many Canadians browsed about this time of year.  It had all manner of toys, clothes and marvelous gifts for Christmas. As children, the Premier and Finance Minister Travis Toews must have studied the Wishbook. And they found it an inspiration to send off a list […]

Alberta’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

The United Conservative Party (UCP), Alberta’s government, brought in an omnibus bill that among other things restructured the oversight of elections.  At the moment, the Chief Electoral Officer oversees the administration of the elections.  The Elections Commissioner is the watchdog who enforces the rules in the interests of fairness.  He received about 500 complaints this year. But the […]

Going to the Mattresses

To prepare for a lengthy war between mafia families by housing their soldiers in small, secure apartments. In front of a friendly, conservative crowd in Red Deer, Premier Kenney set out his list of grievances with federal energy policy, outlined the Alberta government’s resistance and announced further actions to combat the federal government’s attack on the […]