June 21, 2015

Conflict of interest: In Alberta media, Notley's CUPE husband lobbies for her minimum wage increase

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Rachel Notley, the new NDP premier of Alberta, supports raising the minimum wage. That's really no surprise.

It's a bad idea for economic reasons, but I noticed something strange about the way her proposal was covered.

One Alberta media outlet quoted Lou Arab of CUPE as enthusiastically supporting the increase -- without mentioning that Arab is Notley's husband!

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commented 2016-01-14 15:45:59 -0500
Please open up a dictionary or a law book and learn about what “conflict of interest” means.

Not a very useful article.
commented 2016-01-04 11:28:48 -0500
They (the CUPE) also enthusiastically donated $15,5000 to the ndp Party this summer as well. I spoke with a member of that Union that did not know his union dues were being used to support a political party that he does not support personally
commented 2015-06-22 08:41:10 -0400
The Notleys, a parasite tag team – Grant would be so proud.
commented 2015-06-21 21:52:25 -0400
Wayne, it doesn’t make sense to me that unions would beat a wage lower, for any reason. It just makes them look more greedy. Nobody in their right mind should be paying dues to a union at 12.00 an hour. The free market generally pays more than that , often at least, depending.
commented 2015-06-21 21:43:28 -0400
I do see your point Glenn, and you are probably right , but it seems so wrong!
You know as well as I do that her husband is behind, and will be behind most of what she does. Maybe that’s not fair. She was brought up and indoctrinated by unionists, married one, is one. But you know this minimum wage increase is so the union wage doesn’t appear to be as far out of whack compared to the public sector.

They must realise how this looks ,don’t they have any shame?
commented 2015-06-21 21:29:53 -0400
Just wait for it – it is coming – they’ll say to settle the “conflict of interest” we will exempt unions from the minimum wage, because who in a union makes minimum wage anyway. Sounds good right? Until the unions then go to McDonalds, Timmies, Wendy’s, Walmart, and all the others and say – “Want to get around Minimum wage? We are exempt, become a union shop and we’ll agree to $12.00/hr”. And down go the wages and up go the union dues and we all get screwed. It’s the NDP, there has to be something in it for their union pals. This guy should be nowhere to be seen when anything involves the ALberta Government, never mind banging the table in the press about policy. Go away and stay away – better yet, take your wife with you.
commented 2015-06-21 21:03:31 -0400
Where in Alberta is minimum wage paid? Where I live, even McD’s is paying $14/hr now, and has been for some years… Timmie’s is staffed by foreign workers, and the owner here says she’s hiring everybody that applies (which tells you where the teenagers go for work). Where in Alberta is minimum wage actually what somebody earns?
commented 2015-06-21 20:53:04 -0400
If we interpret the principle of conflict of interest that broadly then no lawyer should be permitted to run for office…they write laws that are a feeding frenzy for lawyers…….nor any academic…..schools run on tax money……nor any police officer….nor any trade unionist….nor anyone who’s group affiliation would relate livelihood and potential policy benefit….who would that leave? An aristocracy born and raised for the purpose perhaps?
commented 2015-06-21 20:47:04 -0400
I can just see the pile on that will happen when I post this….I am one of the most ardent “conflict of interest” activists you will ever meet but I doubt that a conflict of interest charge would stick in this instance…..why?….because NO MEMBER of CUPE receives the minimum wage and no recipient of minimum wage pays dues to CUPE.

There is a conflict of ideology perhaps…but that is what political parties are for and that is what they serve to do. Every time a former directer of a battered women’s shelter gets a mandarin appointment or has an elected official’s ear many MRAs call it conflict of interest, but if it dovetails with the ideology and policy agenda of the elected party there is no conflict of interest.
commented 2015-06-21 20:43:56 -0400
If it is a lefty thing, the Socialist Media will ignore it. Move along folks, nothing to see here! Probably why the Federal NDP abusing taxpayer dollars (4 million or so) for partisan purposes is largely unreported. Had this been a Conservative doing this, we know that the headlines would be screaming bloody murder for months! Oh yeah, going on now. Duffy trial! Expect nothing when Mac Harb comes up in the fall!
commented 2015-06-21 19:01:40 -0400
I’m pretty sure Lou said “I’ll help you get elected if you do this and that” Collusion from the start
commented 2015-06-21 17:58:58 -0400
Liza said, “How is this even remotely legal? One of them needs to resign their post or they need a divorce.”

Good question. It probably isn’t illegal, but it does appear that the left has their own set of rules. Notley apparently does not see a conflict of interest here, and apparently neither does the MSM have no problem with it . If, however, it was a Conservative that was in this same situation, the media would be up in arms over it.
commented 2015-06-21 17:30:58 -0400
How is this even remotely legal? One of them needs to resign their post or they need a divorce.
commented 2015-06-21 16:51:36 -0400
George. “Today’s Left: Ask what your country can do for you.” Please allow me to revise that a bit. Today’s Left: Take everything your country can give to you, and whine for more, because you’re entitled!
commented 2015-06-21 16:37:51 -0400
Yesterday’s Left: Ask not what your country can do for you.
Today’s Left: Ask what your country can do for you.
commented 2015-06-21 14:35:19 -0400
If Harper’s wife was the CEO (or even worked for in any capacity) an oil & gas corporation, the media would be screaming at the top of their lungs from the highest mountains, but not if it is the NDP’s Rachel Notley and her union hubby. Typical hypocritical left wing media.

The idea of raising the minimum wage may sound good, but it will result in job losses, especially from the smaller businesses that cannot afford it. Ar e not the NDP always crowing that they are in support of the small businesses? Doesn’t look like it, does it?