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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Can someone tell me what is going on in Alberta? 

I don't really follow Alberta news, but the constant "cut, cut, cut" and "whine, whine, whine" I am hearing from there recently is getting chaotic.
Does the Alberta UCP government have any idea what it is doing?
They are supposedly going to reduce surgical wait times by paying for more private surgical facilities, but at the same time they are cutting back on primary care doctors and eliminating nursing positions.  
They cut taxes for corporations, at the same time as they are nickle-and-diming drug coverage for dependents of seniors - people who don't have a lot of other health insurance choices - and forcing school boards to use maintenance funds to maintain teaching staff levels -- a trade-off that isn't going to work more than once.
Premier Kenney seems to be furious at PMJT because supposedly Alberta is paying more in equalization than he thinks is fair - except no provincial taxpayers "pay" for equalization, its a federal transfer program and anyway Canada is using the 2009 Harper formula which was apparently fine with Kenney until now.  Of course, Alberta is now losing jobs - 18,000 in November alone, the highest monthly job loss in Alberta history.
Why, if this keeps up, maybe they'll be entitled to equalization payments too!  (Side note: I will never forget how upset and appalled the Toronto-centric media were when Ontario actually qualified for equalization because of the 2009 downturn - complaints heard again when Ontario stopped being entitled to the payments in 2018.)
Kenney doesn't seem to have the capacity or the will to put together the kind of government stimulus and employment programs that have been used in the past to counter economic downturns and job losses -- which don't even yet include the companies that are not moving there because of the Wexit stupidity.

But never mind -- instead, lets everybody just trash WestJet - whose head office IS located in Calgary (at least, for now) -- for insufficient loyalty to Dear Leader:

If Alberta now needs more provincial revenue to support its government obligations, then first they need to implement a provincial sales tax, like every other province has done already, before they start demanding more money from the rest of Canada.

Whatever is going on in Alberta, I sure hope its not catching.

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6 Comments:

Alberta is committing suicide.
Our task is now, is to prevent it from becoming a murder-suicide.

By Blogger Northern PoV, at 10:39 am  

Well, you really should follow Alberta politics because it's the right wing coming at you, weaponized with provincial taxpayer money. I say this and I live in Halifax. Kenney's Alberta is the well-funded rot the right wing has in store for all of Canada, if they get the chance. And they're working hard at it to kill us all. Moody's gave Alberta a poor grade because of Kenney's insistence on NOT diversifying the economy, but digging up ever more tarsands. So now Kenney is saying greenie eco-weenies from Alberta run Moody's. He's off his head.

You're on Progressive Bloggers or I wouldn't be reading your posts because I wouldn't have heard of you. So read Dave Climenhaga's Alberta Politics blog - it's one of the featured blogs on this agglomerator: http://progressivebloggers.ca

Dave's posts for the last couple of months show just how far down the drain Alberta has gone in just six months, and some of the measures implemented by that nutcase Kenney are beyond belief to read about.

It's not funny at all, but Ford is a piker compared to Kenney. Kenney is an intelligent nasty person.

BM

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:34 pm  

Er, that's greenie eco-warriors from EUROPE, not Alberta in my post. Sorry about that.

BM

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:36 pm  

The Ontario blog, Northern
Reflections has a post up today, 11 Dec., regarding the planned destruction of the Alberta education system.

When you want to destroy a province, state, etc. you start by dismantling the education system. Ford is doing a great job in Ontario and is citing Alabama as an e.g. of "good education" with their computer learning. Alabama is ranked 48TH in the U.S.A. when it comes to education. Its the most corrupt state in the Union, Its Jeff Sessions home state.

Its always a good idea to follow what goes on in other provinces because it could be coming to your province shortly. We in B.C. already were down this road with the B.C. Lieberals, led by Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark. they attacked teachers, education in general, failed to provide adequate health care, didn't build enough schools, etc. In due course we became world famous for money laundering. I'm sure Kenny and Ford will eventually move their economy to money laundering.

The Vancouver Sun has some instructive articles up about how much money was laundered through our realestate market, how it made its way into all sorts of places in our economy.

In my opinion, Oil is on the way out. Saudi Arabia recently cut production to increase the price to $56 a barrel. that won't be enough to sustain the tar sands. if countries can purchase clean "sweet" oil for $56 a barrel why would they purchase tar which has a high refining cost?

In B.C. our former government started building a dam, Site C. The NDP has continued with it (a bad mistake) because year over year, B.C. is using less and less electricity and it isn't because we aren't using electric cars. Out in surrey, a large Vancouver suburb, with a similar population, there are Tesla's every where. Lower cost to communt and you get to use the HOV lane.

Last week the largest trucking company in the U.S.A. declared bankruptcy. Over 3K drivers were stranded.

Kenny wants to be P.M. and he has chosen to use the dtrump method. Lets not forget some where in the Alberta RCMP some one is still investigating how Kenny because leader of the party. He and dtrump do have a few things in common.

By Anonymous e.a.f., at 10:51 pm  

Thanks - very interesting comments and I will check out the other bloggers for more info. Being right next door in Saskatchewan, and with our own version of a conservative government, I agree that we are also at much greater risk of having these types of policies cripple our economy here too.

By Blogger Cathie from Canada, at 11:35 pm  

In my opinion Kenny wants high unemployment. It might be useful to his future political aspirations. an angry unemployed population, can be more easily managed. (not the U.S.A.)

if Kenny were truly interested in dealing with unemployment all he would have to do is institute a program to clean up all the abandoned oil wells all over the province. He might even get a few dollars, tens of millions, from environment ministry. There are thousands of these "orphan" wells all over the province on private and public property. they do need to have to be dealt with. Alberta did establish a fund at one time to deal with it, but the money, who knows what Kenny and the clan have done with it.

In B.C. they established a program to clean up some of the logged areas to help with unemployment in the north. It may not be much, but its more than Alberta did.

Since the 1980s the figures are, I think, for every full time position, there are 3 spin off jobs in a community so by laying off thousands of health care workers, you can triple that.

I do believe Kenny wants high unemployment so he can blame Ottawa for their woes.

If Alberta lays of thousands of nurses, etc. and Ontario lays of thousands of teachers, it will work for B.C. We have a shortage in both areas. Housing is expensive in Greater Vancouver, but other parts of the province aren't too bad. I understand a there is a real shortage of French language teachers.

By Anonymous e.a.f., at 11:25 am  

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