June 14th, 2024

The political circus will be leaving town

By Lethbridge Herald on March 24, 2022.


Sometime over the next couple of weeks, or during the ensuing leadership race, someone is sure to trot out the old line about the UCP being a big tent party.

Not true, of course.

From where I stand, down by the whack-a-mole pitch, the phrase “big tent” can only be used in reference to what Jason Kenney et al cobbled together in a paragraph like: “The big top tent’s caught fire and the clown cars are spinning in circles through a storm of blazing elephant dung.”

The truth of the matter is, the old PCs and the Wild Rosers who dislike and distrust each other with a visceral passion were only brought together by their mutual fear that they were no longer the only show in town and if they didn’t hang together they would, assuredly, hang separately.

So they shook hands and embraced for the cameras and it was business as usual for a while.

Except it wasn’t and, while there’s some fun to be had in watching the equilibrialists shaking the tightrope on one another and the clowns giving the hotfoot to the Ringmaster, it’s really no way to run a circus.

Which brings us to where we are today.

It’ll be a grand spectacle but, in the end, the circus is leaving town.

Ken Sears


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Fedup Conservative

Great comments Ken. Some of us haven’t forgotten the gong show displayed by Jim Prentice and Danielle Smith. While they bad mouthed each other in the Legislature they were making plans behind closed doors to merger.

Preston Manning took credit for it and claimed that it had been in the works for three months. In other words they put on a great performance treating Albertans like morons. When Manning discovered how upset people were with what had happened he tried to deny he had anything to do with it. Albertans weren’t that stupid we gave him full credit for it.

Some of us wonder if this is just another one of their Reform Party performances, after all Kenney and Jean were buddies under Stephen Harper’s Reform Party Federal Government.

Fedup Conservative

The survey shows how ignorant Albertans truly are. As mush as we aren’t fans of Trudeau, they still believe the Reform Party lies that Ottawa is destroying us, yet when you ask them how they are doing it they can’t give you an intelligent answer. The truth is Ottawa has saved this province from financial ruin during this pandemic and oil industry crash. You don’t hear any oil executives agreeing with you do you?
But don’t take my word for it find some lawyers, accountants, oilmen , bankers or former MLAs to talk to.

Les Elford

Mr. Sears
Sir, to your point, the master showman and famous circus master PT Barnum; is credited with numerous famous quotes.  Many are as relevant today as when they were first stated.
 Some PT Barnum quotes, follow:    
“You can fool all the people………some. of the time, and you can fool some people, all of the time, but you can’t; fool all of the people all of the time.” P.T. Barnum
“Nobody ever lost a dollar by underestimating the taste of the American public.” P.T. Barnum
“Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business. Large stores, gilt signs, flaming advertisements, will all prove unavailing if you or your employees treat your patrons abruptly. The truth is, the more kind and liberal a man is, the more generous will be the patronage bestowed upon him.” – P.T. Barnum
“True economy consists in always making the income exceed the out-go. Wear the old clothes a little longer if necessary; dispense with the new pair of gloves; mend the old dress: live on plainer food if need be; so that, under all circumstances, unless some unforeseen accident occurs, there will be a margin in favour of the income.” – P.T. Barnum
“Money is in some respect’s life’s fire: it is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.” P.T. Barnum
“To forgive heals the wound, to forget heals the scar.” – P.T. Barnum“  
He is also falsely accredited for coining the adage “There’s a sucker born every minute”.


Les Elford


Your point being……?


Leave it to Mr. Sears to churn out another letter laden with crass.


Well actually, most would see humour “Blue”…..


Did he lose you at “equilbrialists”?

Fedup Conservative

So what are you saying You can’t handle the truth? How many Albertans want these Reformers buying them memberships in the UCP against their wishes so Kenney can win the leadership review, and when his own MLAs point out how crooked this is he calls them lunatics and you don’t care? How stupid are you? The RCMP are still investigating the first time he did it, costing taxpayers millions of dollars.