By Letter to the Editor on December 19, 2019.
After engineering a bigger-than-necessary hole in government finances, our Premier Kenney has trundled over to Ottawa to beg or berate the federal government into providing cash relief for Alberta before wandering off with his braintrust retinue to travel to the U.K. for some expensive but questionable end.
But why would the feds give any quarter to Alberta? Kenney and Co. deliberately cratered provincial finances by blowing a nearly $5-billion hole in revenues that were used by corporations to buy back shares (and not create jobs here) or move to the U.S. (and not create jobs here). Surely the federal government must be wondering why any fiscal relief to Alberta wouldn’t be similarly squandered. Would any forthcoming federal monies just be diverted to further UCP corporate gifts, with no benefit to rank-and-file Albertans?
Let’s hope the UCP travel group enjoys their U.K. junket; no one else is benefiting from it. A small consolation for us is that we can enjoy the Canadian Energy Centre shilling for the oil and gas sector at our expense, and the Orwellian double-speak from the UCP supporting it.