They are at it again in Alberta. Out-of-touch politicians are fighting over the spoils of an Alberta that no longer exists. They are fighting over the tar sands bitumen that has to be left in the ground. They are fighting to continue to exploit the coal under the foothills of the Rockies. They are exploiting the ignorance of the voters who think it’s that old-time politics.
But it’s not. The world is changing too fast for that old-time politics of earlier years. Bill Aberhart and Ernest Manning are long gone. We can no longer accept talk as action. Words are the ammunition of those only who want your vote.
And Brian Jean is back. He wants his former party back. He was the leader of the Wildrose Party with which Jason Kenney merged the conservatives to create the united front to the new democrats.
And when Jason Kenney achieved his dream of leadership, what did he do with it? Did he lead Alberta in the face of the pandemic? Did he strengthen the medical preparedness? Did he encourage Alberta’s medical workers? Did he and his conservatives heed the advice and concerns of health professionals?
Jason Kenney is known for losing Albertans’ money in failed pipelines. He is known for railing against the liberals in Ottawa who are twinning a pipeline for taking Alberta’s tar sands bitumen to ocean tankers at Vancouver.
Kenney slyly alludes to Alberta as a country separated from Canada. Kenney is your typical climate change denier as wild fires denude the foothills. Kenney entertains on a rooftop as the horsemen of the apocalypse ride free across the Alberta prairie. He led Alberta into the pestilence.
Will Brian Jean do better? Who are we to say?
But we worry about Alberta and we watch with concern and caring.
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