By Letter to the Editor on January 2, 2020.
One of the most shopworn plot lines in science fiction is the one where the jut-jawed, blue-eyed hero travels back in time to change that “one crucial moment where everything went wrong.”
Of course it never works out the way it’s supposed to and the story ends with storm troopers in the White House or sentient dinosaurs doing whatever it is sentient dinosaurs would do.
The moral being: “Time moves on and you can’t go back and change the past to suit.”
Which is a lesson Jason Kenney and the UCP have totally missed.
Since they took power, last spring, the resurgent Conservative/Wild Rose Alliance have been beavering away to expunge all trace of four years of NDP government in this province.
Problem is, time’s a one-way street and no matter how hard you try things never go back the way they were.
Besides, the way things were was a government so sclerotic and entitled after 40 years in power that they were hustled off to the knackers yard before the warring factions on the right could follow the playbook and glue an electable coalition together one more time.
So, you’d have to question the wisdom of a trip back to the political future when your underlying mantra is “out with the new and in with the old…”
Yes, the UCP won about a hundred thousand-seat majority but the NDP held their vote from 2015; in fact, they slightly increased it. That majority was mostly new voters expecting Jason Kenney to turn back time to a world of peak oil and full employment for all. It hasn’t happened so far and most observers don’t see it happening in the foreseeable future. Which leaves Jason and the Time Travellers with a bit of a dilemma. If what you did didn’t work back then, why would you think it’ll work in the here and now?