April 15, 2016

A “wealth transfer from private to public sector”: NDP budget “cuts tall-poppy Alberta down to size”

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

I’ll go over the “highlights” in the new Alberta budget from Rachel Notley’s NDP. It isn’t just a war on the oil and gas industry. It represents a massive wealth transfer, from the private to the public sector.

Alberta’s unemployment rate is a whopping 7.9% — but Notley has already hired 47,000 new government workers, and just announced 3,260 more more. So no lay-offs or attrition. Instead, ten net new hires a day, every day, all year. All unionized.

Then factor in that Notley’s husband, Lou Arab, is a CUPE lobbyist who continues to lobby the government to this day.

Notley's carbon tax is an immediate 4.5-cent jump at the pump, literally a tax on everything that moves. She says it will “create jobs.” So… why not double it to create even more jobs? What a nut.

If you’re in Rachel Notley’s husband’s union, it’s party time. For the rest of Albertans — get ready for three more years of this — and ten more years to recover...

My first guest, author and energy advocate Alex Epstein, just spoke to a U.S. Senate Committee, making the case for fossil fuels, as he does so well.

Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer tried to make fun of him — but wait until you see what he did about it

Then former Finance Minister Joe Oliver stops by the studio to chat about that Alberta budget, then explains why Canadians are paying way more than they should for food basics.

FINALLY: Your tweets and emails to me — the nice and the not-so-nice!

One of those letters was about last night's report on the latest crisis in Attawapiskat.

In my reply to this message tonight, I'll explain how the Indian Act was written, with the absurd racist assumption that First Nations people were like children who needed government protection -- which is exactly why it needs to be repealed.

Thanks for watching!

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commented 2016-04-17 02:04:28 -0400
Ezra, maybe you can make a video that teaches workers how to get out of their unions.
commented 2016-04-17 00:27:13 -0400
You nailed it Kenneth. almost everything that was good about this province and country is nearly gone in just 1 year to support this agenda. Any advice to survive 4 more years would be appreciated.
commented 2016-04-17 00:27:12 -0400
It’s been awhile since there a politician was assassinated in Canada.

Just saying.
commented 2016-04-16 19:39:23 -0400
The whole thrust of this twisted insane NDP government is to replace private sector jobs that are economically self-sustaining and contribute to the province’s coffers with government jobs that take from the province’s coffers, thereby running up provincial debt, in order to create a permanent class of public sector people who will vote NDP to keep their jobs. It’s completely political, irreparably damaging the province to benefit the NDP. Notley and her cohorts surely understand this better than anyone, and in fact it’s their plan to stay in office. They could care less what happens to the province’s economy and finances. All they care about is maintaining their hold on power so they can carry out their ongoing destruction of the province that they so despise.
commented 2016-04-16 19:07:22 -0400
@ Peter Prodoehl – “Any conservative can balance Budgets, like that other conservative in Ottawa,
Paul Martin.”

Paul Martin did not really balance the books.

In order for Paul Martin to “balance” the books he took from the EI account and took transfer payment cash from the provinces forcing the provinces to take on more of the financial burden. In other words he shifted money from one account to another in the government books to make it appear like he balanced the books.

You are correct that Alberta Conservatism did start declining some before Klein, but the majority of the corruption came after his time in office.
commented 2016-04-16 18:52:51 -0400
I highly recommend everyone to read Alex Epstein’s book, “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels”. It is extremely well-written…..clear, concise and interesting, just like Mr. Epstein himself. My library in Edmonton carried it.
commented 2016-04-16 18:26:49 -0400
A few comments, if I may.
Phil E. – I don’t think TheRebel is a flop, it is the Electorate that is the flop.
Are you one of them?
Peter N. – At what point did Alberta Conservatism begin to decline?
IMHO if Klein had had Conservative cojones, he would have blocked
the SCOC’s Vreind decision with the Not Withstanding Clause.
Any conservative can balance Budgets, like that other conservative in Ottawa,
Paul Martin.
commented 2016-04-16 14:32:21 -0400
Moral Case for Fossil fuels segment:scientists have an authority in their specialty but that doesn’t give them a moral authority devoid in the rest of us. How science is used and how it ought to be used are legitimate moral philosophy questions, as Epstein explains. By way of illustration, doctors have a medical expertise but that doesn’t give them a moral expertise above what is the common good of human beings to decide who lives or who dies, pre-born (abortion) or born (mercy killing) or identity (male/female); the medical specialty is their jurisdiction, but making moral decisions outside the common good means they are overstepping their jurisdiction.
commented 2016-04-16 12:21:27 -0400
Regarding the Supply Segment—-My friend asked his neighbor what happened to his dairy herd ? The response was he leased his quota to a large dairy milk company; now I get a million dollars a year for doing nothing. This happened in BC, so this robbery is going on all across Canada.
commented 2016-04-16 09:44:13 -0400
Peter Prodoehl said, "Since 1994, I’ve watched my second province, Conservative Alberta, slowly being destroyed by Progressives. "

I disagree with this one statement. The real degradation in the PC party occurred after Ralph Klein from 2006 and on.
commented 2016-04-16 07:42:13 -0400
So we now live in a totalitarian socialist regime run state. Calgary Sun top headline reads Notely to Albertans “Change your car” I say Albertans to Notley " Go Fuck yourself and die"
commented 2016-04-16 07:31:43 -0400
what pisses me off is that I DID NOT vote for NDP but I have to live under its commie rule because of all the IDIOTS who did!!! That pisses me off to no end! People I love and care about are suffering DIRECTLY because of her government!! They are not working for the government or unions so they are screwed! THEY ARE NOT WORKING AT ALL! E.I is used up and to get it you have to WORK!
commented 2016-04-16 06:40:38 -0400
Eric Ezaki “People couldn’t trust the wildrose or the PC’s”. I’m sorry but you cannot blame the wildrose because some of them foolishly crossed the floor. The majority of the wildrose MLAs stayed put. There were some power hungry ones with stars in their eyes that crossed the floor.

phil e: How do you know what the posters on the Rebel are doing, I’ve been to my first protest at the legislature! what have you done judge phil?

Ron Christensen: Good Ron C, go crawl back under the liberal rock you crawled out of and beg JT and his neighbor Nutley’s forgiveness.
commented 2016-04-16 06:38:58 -0400
And from Wiki, this is what happened next:

Mussolini’s corpse
On 29 April 1945, the bodies of Mussolini, Petacci, and the other executed Fascists were loaded into a moving van and trucked south to Milan. There, at 3:00 a.m., they were dumped on the ground in the old Piazzale Loreto. The piazza had been renamed “Piazza Quindici Martiri” in honor of 15 anti-Fascists recently executed there.
commented 2016-04-16 06:35:42 -0400
Notley is a Mussolini with bewbs.

And this is how it ended for Mussolini:

The next day, Mussolini and Petacci were both summarily shot, along with most of the members of their 15-man train, primarily ministers and officials of the Italian Social Republic.
commented 2016-04-16 03:54:35 -0400
Thanks RON for your all too predictable take on reality… Always can count on you to get it wrong… In the meantime, have all sporting Albertans marked their catcher’s mitts THE NOTLEY yet?… Spring is coming; baseball season is about to start… Be the first on your local ball diamond to sport THE NOTLEY!…
commented 2016-04-16 02:47:43 -0400
Phil E

I thought the Rebel was going to be a good thing and had high hopes for it, but alas, it has just turned into another Canadian flop. Well, it’s you young people that have to live in the country that you create for decades to come. We seniors are near the end of our road. Good luck, WHINERS !

Of course it ’s a flop. Anything Dizzy Levant starts is a flop.
commented 2016-04-16 01:17:00 -0400
Ezra, you are looking into the psyche of Canadians in every topic today. Remember, about 2/3 of Canadians support a progressive lifestyle. They say the want less taxes and regulations but that is for the person and not the country. Think of it as the Tragedy of the Commons (The tragedy of the commons is an economic theory of a situation within a shared-resource system where individual users acting independently and rationally according to their own self-interest behave contrary to the common good of all users by depleting that resource.) I don’t see a reversal of this trend and we will have to wait until the land is blighted before a realization will dawn that we have squandered and lost or inheritance.
commented 2016-04-16 00:52:13 -0400
Have you noticed that CTV has abandoned its comment section? The facts are exceedingly plain to see. The mainstream media helped elect Trudeau and now they are disallowing any public comment.

Day after day I read the Rebel articles and the following comments. Every day it’s the same. The fact is that Trudeau, the Liberal Party of Canada and the mainstream media lied to the public. The other sad facts are that the low information voters were sucked in and those that comment here will do just that; comment by whining and moaning without really raising a fuss.

The tax takers formed Occupy Wall Street, Idle No More, etc. and caused no end of grief. Those taxpayers commenting here, however, simply go to work to pay for it all and never really organize anything meaningful.

The Rebel appears to only serve as a sounding board for frustrated taxpayers.

I never voted for Trudeau senior nor did I vote for Trudeau junior. But at least when I was younger I participated in anti-Liberal protests. I don’t see that same passion anymore. All I ever see are whiners and complainers that will just keep whining. Did you see that all off reserve Indians and metis are now classed as status Indians? I will be waiting with baited breath to hear your whining and complaining when Idle No More starts blocking city streets and highways this summer.

I thought the Rebel was going to be a good thing and had high hopes for it, but alas, it has just turned into another Canadian flop. Well, it’s you young people that have to live in the country that you create for decades to come. We seniors are near the end of our road. Good luck, WHINERS !
commented 2016-04-15 23:22:59 -0400
Alberta isn’t just socialist. This is pure communism that the Notleys are imposing on the Province. If a right wing party was implementing an equally egregious agenda , the leftists would be rioting in the streets. But what do conservatives do? We talk …blah blah blah .
commented 2016-04-15 23:18:44 -0400
Wicked witch of the west still smirking, always smirking, still spending, couldn’t care less because who cares, she’s all fuzzy & warm being premier, lots of power & she can instigate all her socialist communist ideas for the next 3-4 yrs & there’s really not a damn thing Albertans can do about it. It’s enough to drive anyone who does not agree with her agenda, to the looney bin. Nice going NDP voters! what part of “all provinces led by the NDP are always worse off after they leave” do you not understand.
commented 2016-04-15 22:44:41 -0400
Thanks for that Ezra, as depressing as it is.
I’ve watched my province of Ontario be destroyed over the past 30 yrs.
Since 1994, I’ve watched my second province, Conservative Alberta, slowly being destroyed by Progressives. Now I again have an NDP Gov’t, the destruction is assured.
To top it all off we now have we have that liberal pansy in Ottawa. Canada’s destruction can’t be far behind.
Shannon, the paywall is a necessary evil to keep this Conservative voice alive. if you could arrange CBC-like funding for TheRebel, the paywall will not be necessary.
Acuuna, you are quite right, “government exists to serve the people”, except, it stopped listening to us long ago. And look at the self-serving Gov’ts the people have been electing.
Conservatism seems to be going the way of the Dodo.
commented 2016-04-15 22:20:43 -0400
@ Peter Netterville commented 37 mins ago
Sheila Gunn Reid is going to have to do a major rewrite to her book. There is so much more to add to it.
She’d be able to write a sequel that will fill a library!
commented 2016-04-15 22:10:02 -0400
commented 2016-04-15 22:07:11 -0400
Good thorough overview of the destroyer plague infecting ALBERTA

PETER—— like a detective series

commented 2016-04-15 22:05:48 -0400
“as well as our other great shows hosted by Faith Goldy, Lauren Southern and Tiffany Gabbay, with more in the works.)”
Ahh, those words speak volumes “with more in the works.” As I predicted before, pretty soon the entire site will be behind a paywall……………..
commented 2016-04-15 22:03:36 -0400
government exists to serve the people, not the other way around.
commented 2016-04-15 21:52:13 -0400
I am of the opinion that all of these free trade deals, first started by the Liberals climbing into bed with China, have cause all manufacturing to be transferred from Canada. It was the beginning and everything is now gone. We don’t build cars, we don’t build ships, we don’t mine resources, we can’t farm, we, as a country, are screwed. Free trade gave us junk to purchase and cost us our innovation and manufacturing. But their pockets (All Politicians, each and every one) are full and ours are empty. That was not enough so now they are taking away our livelihoods so we can not longer pay tax. So who is paying for all of this shit?
commented 2016-04-15 21:44:13 -0400
It is time to start an extreme Right Wing organization, something like Pegida in the EU. If we do not act quickly, I fear it will be to late.

It is time for all good men to stop doing nothing. It is time to take back our Country from these Marxist that have stolen it from us.

If we delay, then the harder it will be for us to return to normality. Right now we have a choice, a civilized God or the Political Platform of Islam.

We surely do need to pull our collective fingers out.