By Letter to the Editor on February 12, 2019.
Heaven forbid that Jason Kenney will be our next premier. He has already assured you that he will travel the same path as all other premiers by playing the blame game. He will blame the Liberals, NDP, Quebec, Ontario, B.C., U.S. presidents, the natives and the environment for the mess Alberta is in after 43 years of Conservative blunders and mismanagement of our oil wealth.
Alberta View magazine crunched the numbers and if all past premiers had followed Lougheed’s advice, our Heritage Fund today would be over $400 billion.
The last short-lived premier, Jim Prentice, a disenchanted Harperite, came to visit, was elected as premier, called an election, shot himself in the foot by telling Albertans the truth about who to blame – “Look in the mirror.” He lost the election, then left town.
So who were those premiers, starting with an ex-football player who took too many shots to the head, then an ex-news reporter who took too many shots at the King Edward Hotel, then a farmer who quickly shot back to the farm and lastly, the princess.
Jason Kenney recently was interviewed on CBC Radio and, when asked about his living arrangements, revealed that his parents had a financial problem so he purchased a house in a seniors complex in Calgary where his mother is living full time. He further revealed that he pays taxes on the house and also has an Alberta driver’s licence and health-care card, that he makes his mother’s house his full-time residence and that he has not broken any rules although he lived full time in a house in Ottawa on which he has received thousands of dollars in subsidies.
Does that sound similar to the shenanigans by Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin that got them booted out of the Senate? All three having been appointed by Harper.
It should be noted that in an article in the National Post by Andrew Coyne, for the last seven years of the Harper-Kenney government, they ran billion-dollar yearly deficits and in the end added over $150 billion to Canada’s national debt.
We have today a government struggling to diversify our economy and keep our province outperforming all others. Sooner or later we have to kick our addiction to gas, oil and pipelines to balance our budgets.
Jason Kenney seems to have contracted Trump disease – wild expectations and hollow promises.
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