February 12, 2016

Standing on graves to push an agenda, Notley NDP give stump speech at Hinton crash memorial service

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

The Alberta NDP used a memorial service to give a stump speech in Hinton.

This week in Hinton, the town marked a sad anniversary. The town unveiled a plaque commemorating a rail crash that killed 23 people and injured 71 others when a CN freight train collided with a via rail passenger train February 8, 1986. This was Alberta's Lac Megantic. In fact, it was the deadliest rail crash in Canada until that Quebec tragedy happened in 2013.

The crash itself was a disaster where stories of true heroism were made. Sixty one year old Ken Cuttle was a British marine during World War Two. He was trained to act quickly. After the crash he helped drag two people to safety and made a way out of the train car he was in for others before the train exploded in flames. The ceremony in Hinton should have been a time to honour heroes like Mr. Cuttle and the people who lost their lives that cold February day. But the NDP made sure it wasn’t.

They hijacked it like a bunch of shameless ghouls.

West Yellowhead NDP MLA Eric Rosendahl didn’t attend. But he did send his constituency manager, Kathleen Westergaard and she turned the sad and somber day into a campaign speech for the NDP. She gave a speech that honoured the NDP, not the dead or the heroic.

Westergaard said, “The rail system is safer today because people learned from the mistakes of the past...As Albertans, we have learned from the mistakes of our past, too, and that’s why economic diversification is an important policy for our government." Westergaard then went into full campaign mode, talking about how the NDP is working to create “good, mortgage-paying jobs for the people of Alberta.”

Imagine you lost a child or a parent in that crash. Imagine you survived and lived with the trauma and survivor's guilt for 3 decades. Now imagine the sick feeling you'd have listening to Ms. Westergaard co-opt that day to stump for Rachel Notley. The NDP didn’t just ruin the ceremony. They robbed the survivors, families and the community of whatever closure they could have gotten from marking the anniversary. The NDP stole that day for themselves.

The left wouldn't be the left if they didn’t stand on a grave to push an agenda. Every time gun violence happens they shout for more gun control. A kid dies on a farm and the NDP use it to push a farm unionization law. They can't help themselves. It's a trait of the left.


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commented 2016-02-15 01:06:03 -0500
yannie you are Gordo the fat slob, what will you do, sit on him LMAO!
commented 2016-02-14 12:40:23 -0500
When I seen that scene , I did a little hijacking of my own ?—it made me think of the N D P
No disrespect to people and families involved .
commented 2016-02-14 12:35:58 -0500
I am coming over to your side right now!
commented 2016-02-14 10:36:56 -0500
Does anybody have a copy of the speech or a video?
commented 2016-02-13 20:28:07 -0500
For your sake, CM, I hope our paths never cross.
commented 2016-02-13 18:48:40 -0500
Yannie was probably one of those ENGO cowards who thought themselves brave by attacking the Klein home and Mrs Klein, FN lady. So when you see Yannie posts, think coward, who else wants to dance on a grave but a coward?
commented 2016-02-13 18:43:24 -0500
Patrick G

What’s an are?
commented 2016-02-13 16:34:41 -0500
March 8th first day of legislature, we people will be the official opposition be there and bring friends. Overwhelming numbers may send the message
commented 2016-02-13 14:31:19 -0500
Patrick G….. what are you talking about? Maybe a proof read of what you wrote may help. It may be your just another leftist progressive fucktard….like Yanni, Manni, Sean et al. Keep posting though, we will figure it out.
commented 2016-02-13 14:19:33 -0500
Yanni…… the leftist progressive fucktard coward that hides behind a fake name. Where have been coward? Now go take a flying fuck in a whirling donut!! COWARD
commented 2016-02-13 13:44:56 -0500
People- 1st remove heads from are, 2nd notice this article says no condolences to families, 3rd- ALL WHITEREBELS’ (even the southwest removing that flag and watered down schoolbooks recognizing all equal), 4th as article states how wrong the left is for trying to reinforce their position, than tells you to sign up for The Rebel as well to sign a non-unionizing petition(Hinton is Mill union and Mines Union, Medical, Teachers, etc.OUR PARENTS+FAMILIES)- why are farm workers supposed to be denied basic humane protection(anyone check if media has unions or even the rebel? . Even rodeo clowns and carnies have unions- a very farm environment institution.
commented 2016-02-13 11:40:01 -0500
I still want to perform a tap-dance on Ralph Klein’s grave.
commented 2016-02-13 11:16:17 -0500
Sam Young said, “All politicians milk tragedies.”

Now there is a blatant out-and-out boldfaced lie.
commented 2016-02-13 09:28:30 -0500
I sure wish we had a more effective official opposition.
commented 2016-02-13 03:17:22 -0500
This is just another example of Notley’s slow descent into insanity.

I suspect, at some upcoming event, she will take credit for the sunrise and the rainfall. Dementia is not a laughing matter; but when a politician displays it in public, it’s the best floor show around.
commented 2016-02-13 02:17:10 -0500
All politicians milk tragedies.
commented 2016-02-13 01:48:17 -0500
Par for the course when it comes to socialist pigs.
commented 2016-02-12 23:55:40 -0500
Socialists, communists are shameless by nature. There is no such thing as “good” socialist. Experienced socialism on my own skin for 40 years, that is why have immunity against this decease. Sadly, too many Albertans didn’t.
commented 2016-02-12 23:22:34 -0500
I guess we should not be surprised at what Socialist’s do. Ignorance is bliss, for these left wing scum.
commented 2016-02-12 21:34:17 -0500
Quite aside from her shamefully inappropriate political grandstanding, there’s this: “The rail system is safer today because people learned from the mistakes of the past…” What a steaming crock of bull. Does Ms. Westergaard have any idea how much longer, heavier and more frequent today’s trains are compared to 1986? Is she aware that brakemen and cabooses are now extinct? Has she seen none of the many news stories about train crews working with inadequate rest?
Does she know that the single crew member of the Lac Megantic bomb train was told to park it “on the main,” right beside a derail-protected siding that was being used to store unused, empty rail cars?

Safer, my ass!

Dippers should stick to what they know best, trainwrecking the economy. At least we can look forward to a single-member NDP opposition, just like the good old days.
commented 2016-02-12 20:39:38 -0500
It is the ethos of the left;
Never let a good tragedy go to waste.
commented 2016-02-12 20:07:22 -0500
How come she wasn’t booed off the podium to slink away in shame-faced disgrace with her tail between her legs? Perhaps it’s because the audience was too polite, but I don’t believe I would have been that courteous. It really doesn’t matter what your political ideology is, that kind of political pandering on what should be a solemn occasion is just plain crude, insensitive, mean-spirited and selfish. It’s comparable to what Justin Trudeau did, taking selfies at Jim Flaherty’s funeral.
commented 2016-02-12 19:34:59 -0500
The NDP are a bunch of shameless twits!
commented 2016-02-12 19:14:57 -0500
Fight Back. Don’t pay your taxes. They don’t listen in protest. They treat us like we are idiots. Stop paying them. They can’t throw the entire province in jail.
commented 2016-02-12 19:10:27 -0500
Just plain low-lives are the lying ndp, no standards, no morals, no conscience. Well said, Peter. They couldn’t care less about us, Albertans – same applies to our no-nothing muslim trudoop, he also couldn’t care less about us in the West. We have the worst idiots at the helm in Alberta and Ottawa and Ontario as well. We are hooped.
commented 2016-02-12 18:51:52 -0500
Sheila, I disagree that the left cannot help themselves. I think they know full well they are standing upon people’s graves and preaching their agenda, but they have no moral foundation, no ethics, so they do not see it as wrong because to them the end justifies the means and their end goal is their agenda.
commented 2016-02-12 18:49:27 -0500
I’d like to see her speech. Would they be so shallow as to not include mention of the victims and heroes?