If I had a bucket list of places I have not visited in Canada, I would have to include Nunavut in the north and Gander in the east. It is only Alberta that I need to revisit. It seems that the entire province has gone Looney Tunes since I was last there.
We will have to blame Jason Kenney. When he put on his fat boy jeans and his ten-gallon hat and started driving his pickup around Alberta back in 2015, it was hard to imagine the mess he would make of the politics in that part of Canada.
It was obvious that if he could unite the right in that province, he would end up in the driver’s seat. He made short work of the Wildrose party. He told so many lies about life back in Ottawa and how the NDP’s Rachel Notley was in cahoots with those eastern devils, we were getting confused about who he was talking about.
You have to admit that Jason Kenney brought some of that ‘old time’ politics back to Alberta. What he did not foresee was what a pandemic might do to his leadership. He was caught up in a maelstrom of nature’s making. He could not blame it on others or pass the buck. He was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t. To put it bluntly, he did not have a clue what to do.
And it could not have happened to a more deserving politician. He is out of there.
But wait for it! Do you know that the most likely candidate to replace Kenney is the dynamic Danielle Smith of former Wildrose fame. She was the dingbat, who, as leader of the Wildrose and leader of the opposition, crossed the floor of the legislature with most of her caucus to join the conservative government. She virtually held the door of the legislature open to elect the NDP’s Rachel Notley as premier of Alberta.
But never suggest that the devil himself could not make a comeback in Alberta. Danielle Smith has promised Alberta a sovereignty act that would place Alberta outside of Canada’s federal government. They would have their own provincial police force, their own pension plan and, pretty well, run things however they damn well pleased. Did you know that another former Wildrose leader, Brian Jean, seems to be running second behind Ms. Smith. And they call the Canadian dollar a loonie?
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