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.