October 29, 2015

Notley's NDP have created in "the first made-in-Alberta recession in history"

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Another day, another Alberta company laying off hundreds of people. Devon Energy waited until Alberta’s NDP budget. They saw it. And they decided to lay off 200 more employees, and reduce their capital spending as low as they could.

They can’t quit Alberta. They can just reduce their exposure to Rachel Notley and the attack dogs of the NDP as much as they can.

Shell just outright cancelled its Carmon Creek oilsands project, cancelling 1,450 jobs. Because they hadn’t built it yet. They lost $2 billion, but obviously they thought that was less than they’d lose by building under the NDP.

MEG energy laid off 240. Cenovus laid off 700 people. And those are just the big companies that make news. How many thousands of little companies have laid off five or ten people. How many indirect losses too, from auto dealer to restaurants to hotels.

Low world prices of oil are a factor, but companies like Shell do business in dozens of countries. It’s shocking that they believe they can get a higher rate of return, with lower risk, in places like Nigeria and Iraq, than in Alberta.

It’s too late for the 200 people at Devon, and the hundreds at Cenovus and Meg and Shell. But we’ve got to stop them. VISIT SaveAlbertaJobs.com to sign up for the fight.


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commented 2015-10-30 13:27:58 -0400
Butler . . . “Don’t believe the hype, Quebec’s GDP is bigger than that of Alberta” . . . you of course included the 9 BILLION with a “B” that the WEST has given them every year . . . yes! Ontar-i-owe is STILL and “Have Not” province I Believe!
It is prudent to lay off the Easterners first . . . because of Gorebull Warming . . . we are doing Mother Earth a favor by keeping them off the airlines, travelling back and forth. Too bad Suzuki, Gore and the other alarmists would not walk the walk and do the same.
Trulander will be a “Puppet” of the Laurentian Elites who are back in Control . . . anyone in the West that thinks life is going to get better is smokin some of Justin’s funny stuff . . .
commented 2015-10-30 13:15:41 -0400
Butler . . . the folks in Ontar-i-owe have proved over and over they don’t have a friggin Clue ! ! !
Voting for Trulander was just their latest instalment in stupidity . . . after 8 years of watching the McGuilty lieberal govt slaughtering the private sector and building windmills . . . they re-elected them again with Wynn . . . what’s the count today? !/2 million jobs, many of them Union . . . and likely more to come. Only thing dumber than the population of Ontar-i-owe has to be the Private Sector Unions . . . who just don’t “Get IT” . . . they have been shrinking and merging for two decades now . . . will they disappear completely in the next four years?
ps: moving from Alberta to Ontario is a step backward . . . most long to live in BC . . . or retire here . . . never have I ever heard a real Albertan long to live in TO . . . where even the hockey team are serial losers ! ! !
commented 2015-10-30 13:05:09 -0400
Butler, I would agree to some of your statement. But not to all of it.
First of all, the refineries that were built in Sarnia Ontario were built there to boost the Ontario coppers. Then all the pipelines had to be constructed to get the oil and condensate to the east. This was pushed by the Canadian government so the Ontario voters could get more work. This didn’t make any sense. Why would you build the refineries so far away from the source. Oh yea that’s right! It was for control. Then when Alberta started building refineries in Edmonton, WHERE YOU SAID ALBERTA DOESN’T HAVE ANY!
We were forced to shut down the constructions and keep sending the oil, to the east, and to the states. These discussions were all taking place when the slime ball Pierre Elliott Trudeau was in power. When that piece of shit started the energy program so he could get rich.

And when it comes to Albertans being very upset with the east they have a right to be.
1) the energy program (caused Albertans to claim bankruptcy, because of the eastern prime minister that didn’t give a fuck about the west).
2) the wheat broad (this is another eastern born decision that completely screwed the western farmers. They were forced to sell all their grain to the wheat broad. And usually twice below market value. And if they did sell their grain to anyone else they were thrown into jail. Now no eastern farmer had to do this, the eastern farmer could sell their grains to anyone they wished. Just the western farmers had to be the good and poor farmers like good sheep).
3) the transportion tax (that is still in effect to just the western provinces not easterners ones. This is the tax that anything coming from the east has to have a 23% increase for transportion that way the corporations that are eastern based make a larger profit, and with that larger profit comes more taxes to the provincial government).

I could go on and on about how there are two standards in this country and how the west just keeps taking it in the ass. But I won’t. So until you have lived a true western life and see and taken the abuse from the east. Just keep that pretty little eastern mouth closed. Okay sweetie.
commented 2015-10-30 11:21:42 -0400
Butler – why don’t you go and read the MSM lies and mistruths. It will show you who the uneducated really are.
commented 2015-10-30 04:33:15 -0400
Can’t believe the ignorant comments with respect to the East. It shows how lacking Albertans are in education. Yes, you may have a functional education, but abstract thought appears to evade you folks completely.

-The money that finances the oilsands is brokered in places like Toronto.
-You’re a landlocked province of 4 million people.
-Compared to places out East, you have no refineries.
-If any of you had bothered to travel a little, you’d’ve known that there are way more Albertans per capita, working and living in Ontario, than vice versa. We in Ontario, do not proceed to vilify “out of province” workers when the shit hits the fan.
-It’s illegal and extremely unethical to fire people based on the sole criteria that they are “out of province” workers.
-Just Toronto has 6 million people. The city is situated in an area relatively the size of Alberta, where there are 100+ million people.
-Don’t believe the hype, Quebec’s GDP is bigger than that of Alberta, especially when considering the fact that much of the wealth that has actually been created in the oilsands, has been created by folks who commute from abroad. As a matter of fact, for awhile there, Alberta was so chronically short staffed, it depended on the aid of a dozen thousand Temporary Foreign Workers to fill in the void.
- The absolute worst employees on any given site, are almost all Albertans. They always call in sick, they’re tardy, socially inept, undisciplined, (as shown in the comments below) they discriminate against non Albertans, they’re arrogant, uneducated (As in only educated to do their jobs, the rest, nada), uncultured, mean, classist, and small town minded enough to believe they are the best in the whole country of 35 million people.

In conclusion, contrary to Alberta’s delusions, it’s safe to assume that the although the oilsands is geographically situated in Alberta, the whole of the industry, is through and through, a “Canadian” endeavour.
commented 2015-10-30 01:07:52 -0400
Drew said, “if we have to suffer then why should we support others.”

Hear, hear!
commented 2015-10-30 00:55:19 -0400
The big guys are are letting go the well paid, higher income, spending employees that can no longer spend their paycheck at the local stores that provide income to the lower paid employees in the service industries. But the NDP will provide a 5k incentive to small business for new minimum wage jobs. Champion that !! Go NDP. BTW, how’s it going out there in Manitoba ?
commented 2015-10-30 00:35:56 -0400
I sure hope Alberta cannot pay transfers , if we have to suffer then why should we support others.
commented 2015-10-29 23:20:05 -0400
My friend in Grande Prairie has already made some serious lay offs at his company – the first to go were those from the east coast – they were almost all gone in the first few days after the election – the last ones were let go today – he vows to never hire anyone east of the Ontario Manitoba border again – calls them all “horrible easterners – even worse than the French”.
commented 2015-10-29 23:09:46 -0400
WAGONS WEST WOODWORKING, was apparent conflict if interest when I saw a video of federal Liberal candidate Marlo Raynolds, rubbing his hands together in glee proudly boasting during a candidate’s debate that he was “very involved in the development” of the energy and environment plank of the Liberal Party’s election platform, which declared that, if elected, a Liberal government “will make it easier and more financially rewarding for Canadian businesses to invest in creating clean jobs”. Maybe Raynold’s was rubbing his hands together in glee anticipating how “financially rewarding” such a policy would be for the company that he works for, BluEarth Renewables, “which stands to reap huge financial gains by forcing Alberta away from fossil fuels”. Didn’t realize the depth of the graft and corruption that your report reveals!
commented 2015-10-29 22:39:27 -0400
Andrew there were some layoffs due to the price but hardly a recession , we had a surplus.
commented 2015-10-29 20:29:55 -0400
commented 2015-10-29 20:28:36 -0400
Wagons west, that is some pretty damaging evidence. I thank you for your work. I smelled a rat as soon as Notley announced the review and vetted the people that are supposed to carry her water, with a nudge nudge wink wink. The media in Alberta has had some of these people on talk shows and they have never even come close to ask a question linking them to anything. Which leaves you think that they are to lazy to do their job or they are complicit. Again I thank you for your work.
commented 2015-10-29 20:25:54 -0400
commented 2015-10-29 20:22:23 -0400
Notley is doing exactly what a 5th column enemy of Canada would do if given the chance: enacting policies designed to inflict maximum damage and destruction on the economy. This is how her actions must be regarded by sane Canadians. She is clearly either incompetent and out of her mind with enviro-insanity, as are her cohorts in the MSM. She is willingly an enemy of the Alberta oil-based economy and the Canadian economy, and is taking actions as such. She must be removed from office before she can do any more damage to the province and the country.

commented 2015-10-29 20:22:04 -0400
Randy Williams asked, “Does the province of Alberta have a recall ability like BC?”

No, we don’t, unfortunately.
commented 2015-10-29 20:07:43 -0400
This is the first DELIBERATE made-in-Alberta recession in Canadian history. STOP THE LUNATIC LEFT NDP!
commented 2015-10-29 19:54:07 -0400

CONFLICT OF INTEREST!* I thought it almost criminal that Rachel Notley stacked the Royalty Rate Review panel with anti-oilsands fanatics trained by Al Gore and the Pembina Institute but I’ve now uncovered even more damning connections which suggest that the panel members Dave Mowat and Peter Tertzakian have corporate and personal connections to business ventures which stand to reap huge financial gains by forcing Alberta away from fossil fuels. Yes you read that right, the two lead members responsible for establishing Alberta’s new royalty rate regime had and have the companies that they are part of directly tied to projects and investments with the most to gain from Alberta turning away from the Oil Sands and natural gas to wind power alternatives! And just to rub salt into the wounds, they have set in motion the plan in which both Rachel Notley and the Liberal Party of Canada are complicit to ensure that the biggest benefactors of the government Climate Change policy and subsidies will be the Ontario Teachers Pension Fund and soon to be announced, the Alberta Teacher’s Association pension fund! As a citizen of Alberta, I would like a criminal investigation to begin now rather than wait until after the fact as happens far too often in cases like this. I summarize the publicly available information timeline below which shows the ties that are already in play with these manipulators looking to pull a fast one on Albertans with our resources and tax dollars for personal benefit.

A privately held company by the name of BluEarth Renewables Inc. was founded in 2010 by Kent Brown, Geoff Carnegie and Kelly Matheson-King, former CEO, Biz Development VP and COO respectively of Canadian Hydro Developers, Inc, a firm specializing in hydro, solar and wind energy projects which was bought out by TransAlta in 2009. Major project financial backing for Canadian Hydro Developers Inc projects was provided by none other than Dave Mowat, CEO of VanCity Financial! The major financial backing for BluEarth Renewables Inc was provided by : ARC FINANCIAL Trust Fund 6, whose major investment adviser was and is : Peter Tertzakian. With that support behind them for the past 5 years, they carried on securing additional alternative energy projects by heavily stacking their management team with industry insiders and environmental activists such as the federal Liberal candidate Marlo Raynolds, past Executive Director of the Pembina Institute who prior to joining BluEarth had signed in 2009 an international Declaration calling for a Moratorium on any further development of Alberta’s “Tarsands” resources! The same Marlo Raynold who openly claimed at a recent candidates forum in Banff that he was the architect and Guru for Justin Trudeau’s forthcoming national energy strategy plan! He’s BluEarth’s Executive Vice President, Market Development & People and that company has already begun to infiltrate Alberta’s wind power industry by securing major projects like Bull Creek near Provost that are arranged by Alberta Schools Commodities Purchasing Consortium (CPC) to provide taxpayer funded power purchases by several Alberta school boards. And the funding connection continues as the major funding partner for these projects is provided by none other than ATB, now headed by the very same Dave Mowat! Oh yeah, Peter Tertzakian provided his ARC Financial Trust Fund 6 with returns approaching 30% per year by selling their initial share to the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Fund this past June. I’d like to know what other investments ARC Financial and Peter Tertzakian are holding, I’d wager that none of them are oilsands related!

Absolutely everything I state in this post is easily verifiable fact. Rachel Notley has turned Alberta’s future over to a couple of men who have been financially benefiting from the environmental activism that’s destroying the Alberta Advantage. Who will join me in exposing these and the other disturbing truths I’ve uncovered before it’s too late? Please share this post and ask all your friends to share it, we cannot let such corruption continue unopposed.
commented 2015-10-29 19:51:57 -0400
Thanks for sharing my post from yesterday. Because a few are questioning the validity of my claims, I have compiled my reference sources and am publicly posting them here. There are some additional facts within my comments on the references that might be even more damning for the Royalty Rate Review panel. Enjoy and continue to share freely, thanks.

Reference sources validating all claims made in my October 28th Facebook post ( https://www.facebook.com/george.clark.184/posts/10206819722645301 ) questioning possible Conflict of Interest between BluEarth Renewables and Dave Mowat and Peter Tertzakian.

1. Website bios for BluEarth: http://www.bluearthrenewables.com/executive-team/
2. Websites with Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and ARC Financial shareholder transactions: Note the reference to ARC as the foundational partner: http://www.bluearthrenewables.com/…/bluearth-announces-exp…/ and http://www.bluearthrenewables.com/…/teachers-private-capit…/
3: Wikipedia info for Canadian Hydro: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Hydro_Developers
4: BluEarth statements regarding the Bull Creek Alberta Schools CPC deal: http://www.bluearthrenewables.com/alberta-schools-cpc-wind…/ and http://www.bluearthrenewables.com/…/bull-creek-wind-project/
5: Not everyone was convinced that this was a good investment using Education dollars intended for building classrooms: http://www.troymedia.com/…/alberta-school-boards-education…/
6: Some school boards had to do some quick juggling and engage in questionable semantics to complete their investment in the Bull Creek project. Here is the Westaskiwin school board superintendents release justifying his decision to prepay $100,000.00 to BluEarth and commit his board to buying power from them for 25 years! http://www.wrps.ab.ca/download/30560
7: The school boards signing on to this project did so on the understanding that if it ended up not working out, they could collectively pressure Alberta Education (in other word all you taxpayers!) into stepping in to rescue them. I’ll leave the research into what role Annette Trimbee held within the Government of Alberta during that leadup to the CPC so-called independent selection of BluEarth: http://www.fortmacleodgazette.com/…/school-division-commit…/
8: Link to the damning “Tarsands” moratorium declaration signed by failed Liberal candidate and BluEarth Executive Marlo Raynold. Note that it is also signed by Justin Trudeau’s closest adviser, Gerald Butts: http://docs.nrdc.org/energy/files/ene_09060301a.pdf
9: Peter Tertzakian of ARC Financial and BluEarth CEO Kent Brown cooperating together at one of many joint public lobbying events plus another collaboration where Peter Tertzakian, Marlo Reynolds and Gordon Lambert (Climate Change panel member) assisted in lobbying on Energy, Environmental and Aboriginal future policy via a Charrette Dialogue: http://www.communityadvisoryboards.com/…/CAB-16-agenda-fina… and http://www.boldon.org/pdf/EnergyCharrette.pdf
10: In his prior role as CEO of VanCity, Dave Mowat oversaw substantial investment into BluEarth’s precursor company, Canadian Hydro. See Page 2 of the VanCity June 30th, 2009 semi-annual Canadian Equity Fund report. On June 15th, 2015, in the month leading up to his appointment to the Royalty Rates Review Panel by Rachel Notley, Dave Mowat stepped in to have ATB Financial help fund the BluEarth Bull Creek wind farm project. See reference #2 above for the big payoff 10 days later on June 25th, 2015 when ARC Financial sold their shares to the Ontario Teachers, realizing annual gains in excess of 30% per year for their five years of backing BluEarth! One day later on June 26th, 2015, Dave Mowat was appointed to head the Alberta Royalty Rate Review panel, just one day after he helped them stack the Climate Change panel with longtime environmental activist buddies like Linda Coady and Gordon Lambert: https://www.vancity.com/…/MyMo…/Investing/VC_mrfp_canequ.pdf and http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php… and http://www.cbc.ca/…/dave-mowat-president-of-atb-financial-t…
11: And a teaser to leave you all scratching your heads: Mac van Wielingen not only founded ARC Resources and ARC Financial, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Alberta Investment Management Corporation, a provincial crown corporation responsible for managing approximately $70 billion on behalf of public sector pension, endowment and special purpose funds. An excerpt from awakendcompany.com/partners/ website:
Mac Van Wielingen
Mac Van Wielingen was a Founder of ARC Financial in 1989 and ARC Resources Ltd. in 1996. ARC Financial is a leading private equity investment management company focused on the oil and gas sector in Canada with currently approximately $4 billion of capital under management. Van Wielingen is Chairman of the Board of Directors of ARC Resources Ltd., a past and current director of numerous other companies within the oil and gas sector, and is active in various capacities in the community and the not-for-profit sector. Van Wielingen is a member of the Board of Directors of Alberta Investment Management Corporation, a provincial crown corporation responsible for managing approximately $70 billion on behalf of public sector pension, endowment and special purpose funds. Mac is also President of Viewpoint Capital Corporation, a private family-owned investment company
commented 2015-10-29 19:46:51 -0400
Does the province of Alberta have a recall ability like BC?
commented 2015-10-29 19:03:59 -0400
While it concerns me as a 4th gen Albertan, what I find hilarious is that the lay-offs will mainly affect the Atlantic provinces, Quebec, Ontario, and the Alberta FNMI. These are the ones that supplied most of the blue collars required, and now there is no need for them. As Mr. Levant says, the hidden sacrifices are the small businesses, which Notley and Trudeau promised to protect, who are the major employers in Alberta. So now, Ontario will need to absorb unemployed, Atlantic as well, FN back to their reserves for hand-outs from the chiefs…but after almost 150 years, Quebec will step up and take one for the team…kidding…of course not. The governments of these groups have denigrated Alberta, while using it to solve their self-created economic problems. Well…guess what… your problems are back! Have fun with that.
commented 2015-10-29 18:52:15 -0400
Industry destroyed. Mission accomplished Notley – socialist whack job!!!