For once we have to agree with premier Jason Kenney of Alberta. Just the other day, the Toronto Star ran a news story with the headline ‘“Alberta’s not second class,’ Kenney says.”
But Kenney is second class! This guy is a fraud, a misogynist, a con-man and an embarrassment for the wonderful people of Alberta.
He was Stephen Harper’s hatchet man in the worst federal government that Canada ever suffered. When the Ottawa gravy train ended for Kenney, he came back to Alberta, bought a truck, painted it blue and set out to convince Albertans that he was their saviour.
He took on Brian Jean of the Wildrose Party at the OK Corral—his one-time fellow member of parliament. It cost Alberta the services of a caring and strong community supporter. Mr. Kenney’s only idea of community seems to be the Calgary Petroleum Club and roof-top dining.
But what few are able to understand is Kenney’s constant and unflagging hatred for Ottawa and things liberal. This writer is probably better able to castigate Justin Trudeau but if the PM ever does anything smart, I am willing to acknowledge it.
Kenney’s thinly disguised hatred for Quebec is another problem. His approach is like scratching at a scab. He wants to keep it raw and bleeding. The fact that the prime minister got that narrow-minded government in Quebec to accept the child-care funding is a kudo for Trudeau. The deal is very clear: parents in Quebec will end up with reasonably priced and first-class daycare for their children. The feds are going to pay a fair share of the cost. The same deal is available to all provinces despite Mr. Kenney’s claims.
If Mr. Kenney will not meet the standards, he is letting down Albertans who need and want well-run and regulated daycare at the same reasonable cost as in other provinces. What surprises this writer is that with all the time Mr. Kenney was there, he should have learned how to make friends in Ottawa. If he was not such an arrogant bastard, he would get along much better.
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