December 14, 2015

“Delusional” Notley “buoyed” by results of recent weeks in the legislature

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

Rachel Notley says she's buoyed by the results of her recent weeks in the legislature. Really. She actually said that.

She said, "Really, overall, in the last few weeks and months, I've really been quite buoyed by some of the things we've been able to achieve and some of the feedback we've received."

Good Grief. How out of touch with reality does someone have to be to believe that they should be uplifted and proud of what's going on in Alberta right now?

Let's talk about what's going on in Alberta that’s so uplifting to Rachel Notley's spirits. We have 100,000 people unemployed. We are leading the country in new EI claims, with a 100% increase since last year. Alberta is suffering the social problems that come along with a bad economy, like property crime increases, a spike in food bank usage and increased demand for homeless shelter services.

We are seeing farmers and ranchers rally by the hundreds all across the province in opposition to the NDP safety and unionization legislation, Bill 6. They're filling town halls in small towns to capacity for a chance to voice their disagreement with the NDP.

Notley has even managed to activate the apolitical and deeply pacifist Hutterites - 20,000 of them - against her by isolating them in Bill 6.

Stacks of emails and angry letters written by Albertans who are fed up with the NDP are being tabled by the opposition parties in the Legislature. This is probably not the feedback Notley is talking about.

Our province is sitting on record levels of debt, upwards of $47 billion. NDP approval numbers are plummeting since Sept, down to 29% of decided voters, trailing well behind the Wildrose Party.

But this sad state of affairs is uplifting? It's buoying Notley's spirits like a rising tide. A rising tide of delusion.


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commented 2015-12-15 19:02:10 -0500
I’m terrified of what’s apparently happened to basic literacy skills. That’s one mean block of stream of consciousness, nonsensical, rambling, and inane, and sadly, exactly what we’ve come to expect from the modern Right.

Nobody’s scared of The Rebel. Most of us view it as an unusually oblivious satire.
commented 2015-12-15 15:32:16 -0500
the fact that the leftys have to come on rebel and bitch and moan plug up the comment section with the endless NDP propaganda and cidiot comments shows that rebel news is having the desired effect, they are terrified of rebel news, LOL keep up the good work ezra and the teams at rebel news they are running scared now, why else do they have to use the old tried NDP BS of endless comments on the site . WHAT ARE YOU CLOWNS SCARED OF SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT DO WHAT THEY ARE TOLD, YOU ARE ALL USED TO BEING THE PROTESTERS BEING AGAINST EVERYTHING WELL NOW THE TIDE HAS TURNED AND IT SEEMS YOU ARE ALL SCARED SHITLESS. LOL personal insults mean nothing, the fact you are resorting to them so early means one thing. You are terrified, one good thing about the NDP winning is after people see what fools they really are it will be the end of them. They are for the elites not the working man, they could give a shit about them, otherwise they would be doing something about jobs and job losses. My guess is they have no clue what to do and more and more protests are on the way, Just wait dippers, remember the vast majority did not vote for you, yes you won but you better start listening to the people you are supposed to represent, and not some party whip from ontario. You dips aint seen nothing yet. O and crying about being bullied and being a victim, pleeeease that is old and overused, come up with something better, Albertan,s can smell BS a mile away,
commented 2015-12-15 14:54:09 -0500
“Deborah Graupner commented 2 hours ago
Andrew – you don’t know anything about Calgary. "

How much did Nenshi win by? How many NDP MLAs represent the city?

All that new development – where did those people move from? Ontario and BC?

Calgary is one of the most educated cities in the world, as well as one of the youngest in a developed nation.

My guess is you don’t get out past your immediate circle much. That’s the confirmation bias I spoke of.
commented 2015-12-15 12:53:37 -0500
How does one book Ezra for his standup routine?
commented 2015-12-15 12:49:06 -0500
I used to think the onion was better, but now I just use the rebel for all of my funny/satire news stories, thanks guys! Does Ezra Levant still do standup comedy at hotels?
commented 2015-12-15 12:28:39 -0500
Andrew – you don’t know anything about Calgary.
commented 2015-12-15 12:17:26 -0500
Bill, I’m not sure I agree with the NDP not being populist. They’re certainly not mainstream by Alberta standards, but they seem to have cobbled together an unlikely coalition, between the old fashioned “prairie socialists” that drive politics in the other prairie provinces, and the leftish leanings of educated and youthful cities. I also think that the demographics have subtly changed as the cities have grown.

Calgary isn’t a blue collar city, it’s very white collar, and even Edmonton is perhaps only 50-50 – and tends further left than most people expect. Lethbridge is smaller but also an island of relative leftishness in a very right leaning hinterland, driven by the university and Federal government employment perhaps. When I think of Edmonton I think of U of A and its associated cluster (but I am a U of A alumnus so perhaps I am biased).

I don’t deny there is an element of circumstance to their win, with the Wildrose in disarray and the PCs even worse and between them some pretty significant splitting, but at the same time … I really don’t see massive opposition. There are protests here and there, and obviously the farmers are right pssed about Bill 6, but I wonder how much of an impact that really has on provincial politics? The rural areas in question have already mostly elected WR MLAs. Like tends to attract like, and the “squeaky wheel” activist groups tend to get bogged down in confirmation bias.
commented 2015-12-15 11:18:14 -0500
I was hoping to move to Alberta to get away from lefty socialistic government. What with your new govt and the foul commentary from some here I wonder if it would be a wise move?
commented 2015-12-15 11:00:32 -0500
Andrew Stephenson commented – “Yet Notley is the 3rd highest ranked premier in Canada right now.”

Yes Yes, just as Ralph Klein was universally despised by eastern welfare states and polled as an unpopular Premier, yet he led a majority government for 14 yrs with 50-62% of the popular vote. It’s a mistake to judge the popularity of an AB Premier using eastern media and commentary.

Alberta has ALWAYS voted for populist parties and leaders. Notley and the NDP are NOT populists, she struggles to relate to people working in its 2 primary industries as a matter of fact this government openly despises traditional Alberta culture and its folksy political populism. They won’t last.

That said, The PCs are no longer a populist party and the Liberals never were – The wild rose have a good leader but he struggles to relate to the average Schmoe. Alberta is a blue collar province and white collar politics won’t fly. I think right now Alberta voters are confused because there is no real populist party or leader they can relate to.
commented 2015-12-15 10:59:26 -0500
Notley is buoyed (pronounced ‘boy..ed’) by what the NDP has achieved in recent weeks in the legislature, because having a majority she is able to ram through her and the union’s left-wing agenda unimpeded!
commented 2015-12-15 10:39:02 -0500
Of course the collective right wing numbers are 53% in recent approval polling but don’t tell that to the dilusionals who cheerlead for a falling star, – the big dipper in in declination. The only hope for them is if the right continues to stupidly split the opposition vote. The realistic long term core support for the NDP has been 14% at a low and 17% at a high – any other excess in polling numbers is a matter of migrant labor – which is now fleeing the province as benefits run out.

As for Notley. she obviously has a different definition of “buoyed” that that given in the Oxford dictionary. It must be Dipper code for “my sphincter is closed tight waiting for the boat to sink” – of course tightly closed sphincters are a prerequisite for Dips as terminal constipation is a malady of that ideology.
commented 2015-12-15 10:32:40 -0500
Yet Notley is the 3rd highest ranked premier in Canada right now.

Although frothily obnoxious, the Rightist contingent is getting smaller by the day.
commented 2015-12-15 10:32:14 -0500
@ Graeme Nesbitt who asked, “While the NDP is killing Alberta, does Alberta still have to pay the 8.5 billion in transfer payments to Quebec?”

I think each years’ payment is calculated on the total revenue for that year, so even though it might have been 8.5 billion last year, and has been as high as 22 billion, if Notley has destroyed the oil and gas industry so much that the revenue is way down then the payment to Ottawa would be less as well, if not finally none as Alberta becomes a “have not” province for the first time 60 years (approx).

My question is that when Ottawa’s main source for the Provincial Equalization payment, which is/was Alberta, is down and out, does that affect the “have not” provinces like Ontario and Quebec by getting less or none, or does Ottawa make up the difference from general revenue. I should look that up.
commented 2015-12-15 10:24:26 -0500
@ Sam Young, “Oh good, Sheila didn’t bring up how the Alberta NDP causes suicides.”

It is the loss of a jobs caused mainly by the NDP that cause some people to commit suicide, and Sam, phrasing it like you have is not what Sheila or anyone else here had said. You are being disingenuous. I think is was Holly who said that some people have committed suicide over losing their jobs and that the NDP with their policies have exacerbated the job loss problem, so that the NDP indirectly hold some of the blame. She did not say that the “NDP causes suicides.”
commented 2015-12-15 10:18:33 -0500
@ Kim Hanson who said, “Still at 29% eh? Well some people don’t like to admit their mistake.”

Well, 29% could be the NDP base, the socialist media, and the public sector unions who she sucks up to in order to get support and votes for next election. … … and yes, some who cannot admit their mistake.
commented 2015-12-15 10:01:55 -0500
Attention, all you Levantard whiners who lost their jobs and are blaming it on Notley, even though not a single piece of legislation has passed that may have contributed to unemployment: I hear ISIS is looking for a few reactionary rabble-rousers like you to join their forces. You’ll get food, shelter, guns and ammo! What more could a dumbass Alberta redneck want?
commented 2015-12-15 09:42:00 -0500
Bravo Zulu – I’m putting my money on you too!
commented 2015-12-15 09:21:38 -0500
BRAVO ZULU my money is on you, merry christmas and thanks for your service.
commented 2015-12-15 08:28:40 -0500
While the NDP is killing Alberta, does Alberta still have to pay the 8.5 billion in transfer payments to Quebec?
commented 2015-12-15 05:08:54 -0500
YANNIE ZNAYEW commented 8 hours ago – if you stopped sucking Notley’s dick for a few minutes, you may be able to understand what is really going on.

Wipe your chin too.
commented 2015-12-15 02:55:48 -0500
Well I see the liberal progresive fuck tards are out in force on this site. So fellow Rebels, we are doing things correctly here then.
Yannie ….Bravo Zulu is in Ontario, but I’m here in Alberta and ready to take up the challenge. My suggestion is, be sure to practice falling down!!
commented 2015-12-15 02:17:39 -0500
Oh good, Sheila didn’t bring up how the Alberta NDP causes suicides.
commented 2015-12-15 00:25:06 -0500
Still at 29% eh? Well some people don’t like to admit their mistake.
commented 2015-12-15 00:08:18 -0500
Her day is coming! I never liked that woman from the start! NDP!! I said she would be one term!
commented 2015-12-14 23:59:47 -0500
“Really, overall, in the last few weeks and months, I’ve really been quite buoyed by some of the things we’ve been able to achieve and some of the feedback we’ve received.” RN
I’m so glad my missive to this tin-pot dictator* was so well received:
""Rachel Notley:
I’m writing in regard to this:…/police-likely-to-investigate-death
Do you understand cause and effect?
You come into Alberta with your One-Worlder/Commie/ Pinko, BS, you start dismantling the province, attacking the oil industry and the workers, start attacking the farmers, and then when The People start reacting you threaten them!
You and your stinkin’ lefty/progressive/Marxist commissars have made a grave tactical error in thinking you can walk all over good people like you have been.
You dirty stinkin’ commie scum are going down – and I don’t mean on your girlfriends or your dogs.
Either the people will rise up and destroy you – figuratively or literally – or the Kingdom of God will come – finally – and you and your cohort of demons will be joining your idol SATAN in the Lake of Fire for eternity.
What goes around comes around…that’s called Karma.
If you’re wondering if I’m angry…I’m not – I’m enraged! And I can’t wait to see you get yous – whatever that is…
By the way, this is NOT a threat, it’s CONTEMPT!
Dan Mancuso
Chilanko Forks, BC"

“Tin-pot dictator* – An autocratic ruler with little political credibility, but with self-delusions of grandeur.” wiki
commented 2015-12-14 23:21:25 -0500
I am not sure that I have ever loathed anyone as much as I abhor Notley. Over 100,000 job losses and farmers attacked with this bill 6 that was not necessary, did not fix a problem but just created many problems and will very likely kill the small family farm. Loathe and abhor are not strong enough words to express my anger for this woman, and then when she laughs over it and says it has “buoyed” her … well … …
commented 2015-12-14 23:12:13 -0500
Terry said, "I have never witnessed so much Marxism in North America in my life! "

I hear ya! Neither have I. It is almost as though things are coming to a head, but to what end I cannot be sure.
commented 2015-12-14 23:09:28 -0500
Yannie, you said wait for years if you believe in democracy. What do you think will be left of Alberta in four years?
commented 2015-12-14 23:05:03 -0500
What is this the year of North American Dictator Politicians coming out of the woodwork to compete for who is the biggest dictator! I have never witnessed so much Marxism in North America in my life!
It is really time for for some tough Democracy and a cleaning of our Political houses, it is getting pretty rotten here!
commented 2015-12-14 22:41:18 -0500
If you believe in democracy you get involved in the process using the tools of parliamentary democracy. Peaceful assembly, protest , contacting your mla petitions to force plebiscites all legal and encouraged acts of responsible citizens. An active involved population is the very basis of democracy. The good people who built this province did not stand by and wait for governments or elitists to tell them to build this province. They created school boards ag societies and hospitals on their own no one told them to wait