February 02, 2017

“Gratuitous” NDP policy kills Alberta construction company after 35 years in business

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

Another long time Alberta company is closing its doors, citing the Rachel Notley government's policies as the reason why. 

Keystone Excavating has been in operation for 35 years. It has locations in Edmonton and Calgary and employs 150 people. Or it did.

All those staff are being laid off and Keystone Excavating is closing up shop. The owners are laying the blame at the feet of the NDP and Rachel Notley on the way out the door.

In a statement the company said:

“The macro business environment has everything to do with gratuitous government policy, increasing cost of doing business in Alberta, and lack of consumer and investor confidence”

Keystone’s 150 employees will be laid off at the end of March, joining 11,000 other unemployed construction workers in Alberta this year.

And Keystone will join the growing list of Alberta companies killed by the NDP.

Keystone Excavating survived the National Energy Program in the 1980’s that devastated the Alberta economy. Keystone survived the global economic crash of 2007-2008.

But they just couldn't survive the mismanagement and attacks by Rachel Notley and her destroyers.

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commented 2017-02-03 23:14:16 -0500
According to the Fraser Institute the reason for Alberta’s woes is Multi-level Gov’t overspending, the main culprit being the last three Premiers.

Allison Redspend took the prize, while Notely is catching up, with Steinmach stuck at third.
The Mayor of Calgary is also a big spender who thought the money was endless. I never read much about Edmontons Mayor, but it was likely the same spending problem.
To Bill Elder’s point, the Housing Market boom definitely added to the above problem areas; which explains why brain-dead housing developers actually built houses on dry river bottoms near Calgary. They only flood every 100 years, and 100 years was up.
commented 2017-02-03 11:57:27 -0500
Yay, another 150 formally self-sufficient individuals now on the public dole. More prospective NDP voters!
commented 2017-02-03 03:22:24 -0500
And that’s why every parking lot in British Columbia, from Vancouver Island to Fernie to Ft. St. John is full of “Wildrose” license plates…
commented 2017-02-03 01:27:35 -0500
Terry, I sure you Notley will do the same given enough time. “Inside every lefty is a tyrant screaming to get out”.
commented 2017-02-03 00:48:48 -0500
Al Peterson; His palace puts the White House to shame. Amazing what you can do with other people’s money.
commented 2017-02-03 00:35:43 -0500
Evil has a way of changing the looks of people. 54y/o? Must have a big group of demons in that head! Nasty!
Seriously. I’ve been working for 37 years now. 34 as a heavy equipment operator & never ever had this much trouble finding work. When I go to actual sites there are alot of out of province plates on vehicles so that hasn’t change much. Seats are full & everyone is staying in them. Notley is wreaking havoc on jobs. Oil prices might be low but I’m still placing blame squarely on her shoulders! Others can think whatever they want. I don’t much care anymore.
commented 2017-02-02 23:41:10 -0500
PETER NETTERVILLE commented 7 hours ago
“The champagne socialist left will not be happy until they have taken every dime the peons make and force them to live in abject poverty while they live a swank carbon intensive life style.”

Yup. Just like Ceauscu in Romania. Seldom has a tyrant met a more fitting end.


“It was an attempt to falsify history”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMt1aIRFUXY
commented 2017-02-02 23:34:25 -0500
D Minus…….. 2 Years 3 Month 2 Days
commented 2017-02-02 23:19:07 -0500
Government meddleworkers finest hour.
commented 2017-02-02 22:48:45 -0500
Nobody said world oil prices didn’t cool down the patch, but Notley, her actions and inactions are what killed the Alberta oil patch. Sask oil and gas industry is bumping along quite nicely and companies there are doing what they do in slow times, prepare for when prices rise. You’re right Bill, her damage is mostly to the Alberta economy, but the entire country will feel it soon enough. Transfer payments have to come from somewhere and Alberta won’t be able to throw much in the pot if there isn’t anyone there to contribute to it.
…and what Terry Macleod said.
commented 2017-02-02 21:59:14 -0500
Bill ; Thanks for clarifying but I would have to say when businesses are surviving on razor thin margins (and surviving) taxation and regulation is all it takes to push them over the edge. That’s more than salt in the wound.
commented 2017-02-02 21:23:24 -0500
I hear Ya Daryl, so do I, So do I.

For clarification, I was talking about the housing/real estate markets being over heated. Last time this happened my friends walked away from years of equity and sold for a buck. Been there, lived here too long and traveled in the States too extensively to have any other opinion of Property, and other consumer index items running 20-30% out of general market value because there’s a “boom” – Nope this is world oil prices cooling down the patch, Notley is a degenerate communist but even her damage has only impacted local economies minutely like rubbing salt in an already open wound.
commented 2017-02-02 21:10:51 -0500
DAMN! I miss Ralph Klein!!!
commented 2017-02-02 19:50:21 -0500
Just re-read Roy’s other post below: Riley-McCormick done? That was pure Calgary tradition. And you are right, the MSM, aka moslem, press is silent about this!
commented 2017-02-02 19:13:10 -0500
So the msm press is the moslem press.
commented 2017-02-02 19:07:11 -0500
I just noticed in ROY’s comment. Anyone else notice that MSM is an abbreviation for muslim?
commented 2017-02-02 18:29:19 -0500
The saddest thing ever is we have 2 mayors in Calgary and Edmonton who never speak for all the small business owners who are going under at an unbelievable rate, Eveson in redmonton and Nenshi in Calgary seem bent on spending and wasting taxpayers money and our useless ctv, welfare cbc, and global so-called msm are fully compliant with nutley’s regressive destructive agenda. These people working for these msm companies are Albertans too, but not a boo of complaints from any of these so-called reporters about nutley. I know they have been bought off with 11 million dollars of taxpayers money for horrible lying ads but what are the families of these reporters thinking, just wondering…
commented 2017-02-02 18:14:10 -0500
The oil and gas companies can survive downturns and don’t usually completely pull out. That happened because of Notley. The big sucking vortex is taking the last of the little guy, who tried to hold on, down the shitter. Alberta has ‘shit the bed’ and the fault lies squarely on Rachel Notley’s skinny shoulders.
commented 2017-02-02 18:07:03 -0500
You are reviled Rachel. You are the definition of despot. It has nothing to do with your sex, so don’t pull that card, whiner.
We hate you more than you hate us.
I have never wanted to spit after saying someones name before.
commented 2017-02-02 17:53:56 -0500
Roy thanks for the correction . I will just refer to him now as lil Dic-Tator !
commented 2017-02-02 17:51:13 -0500
Is this what this evil nutley looks like now or has this photo been photoshop? I believe this garbage nutley is only 54 years old, man, she looks like 120. I guess this is evil coming out of her pores and into her super ugly face, she is scary to look at, imagine coming across this in the dark, it would scare the living daylights out of you.
commented 2017-02-02 17:45:18 -0500
Ron Christensen – don’t forget SUBSTITUTE drama teacher who can’t speak a complete sentence. Even calling trudoop a teacher is a lie.
Riley McCormick, a western wear in business for 113 years – closing its doors because of nutley’s regressive policies and the evil, useless garbage carbon tax and Nenshi’s excessive never-ending tax increases. Arnold Churgin – 53 years in business making high end shoes and boots in Calgary, closing their doors, closing 4 stores because of nutley’s evil carbon tax and Nenshi’s excessive tax increases. Imagine I heard 1,700 businesses have closed their doors in Calgary over the last couple of years, THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE AND IT SHOULD BE IN THE NEWS EVERYDAY BUT THE USELESS NDPEES MOUTHPIECE MSM IN THIS PROVINCE DON’T MENTION A WORD.
commented 2017-02-02 17:34:21 -0500
Bill Elder; Is that you talking or is Nutley holding you hostage? Just call and we’ll be there.
commented 2017-02-02 16:51:15 -0500
@ Chris

Yea, I lived through Pierre Idiot Trudeau’s NEP.

I always found it laughable (and annoying) how a National Energy Program focused specifically and exclusively on the oil and gas industry of Alberta. It rather defied the whole concept of “national”. And was blatantly obvious Pierre was targeting Alberta. That bastard raped Alberta for over 100 billion in the early 80s.
commented 2017-02-02 16:48:07 -0500
I can’t wait to punt that socialist catchers mitt out of Alberta . And after that we can Make Trudeau a Drama Teacher again !
commented 2017-02-02 16:39:57 -0500
NEP was very bad, provincial gov. provided shelter. Even Ontario chipped in with bail-in at Suncor. Now every level of gov seems out to get AB. Priorities not straight.
commented 2017-02-02 16:14:26 -0500
Notley does not really care if jobs are lost. She is on a mission.
commented 2017-02-02 16:11:28 -0500
The champagne socialist left will not be happy until they have taken every dime the peons make and force them to live in abject poverty while they live a swank carbon intensive life style.

Greed exists in both capitalist and socialist societies. The capitalists try to get you to willing spend your money on goodies you may or may not need … buyer beware and be caution of the unscrupulous … , and the socialists forcibly take your money from you and give you nothing but despair in return … peons submit and worship your betters.

I think I will stick with the capitalistic society.
commented 2017-02-02 15:25:28 -0500
But at least each of the unemployed can look forward to a free light bulb from Shannon Phillips. What more could they want?
commented 2017-02-02 15:14:18 -0500
Bill Elder, you are wrong.

Alberta even at its peek was never an “overheated” economy. Alberta at its peek has always been an example of how economies should be at all times.

The only problem with Alberta’s economy during peek periods is that the government did not diversify to include different industries so the market fluctuation in oil and gas would not have hit the province as hard as it has. … Well that and not overspending when during peek economic activity.

Bill, unlike you I do not blame the Alberta economy for its’ woes, I blame the NDP for its’ current disaster.

Yes, Alberta has gone up and down, but never has it been as bad as under the NDP. The NDP are personally responsible for the devastation Alberta is currently experiencing.

If you want a good example of how the Alberta economy was properly managed during a drop in oil prices was under Ralph Klein.