May 23, 2015

"Gross": Notley's plan to make swearing-in an NDP fundraiser

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

If anybody thought Alberta's new NDP premier was different than the usual partisan hacks, they just got a rude awakening.

In a craven move, Notley's team tried to turn her swearing-in ceremony -- which is supposed to be a non-partisan, civic event -- into an NDP fundraiser.

The were finally shamed into dropping this idea.

This screw up isn't just one time bad optics on the part of a new inexperienced team.

Prepare for more of this as career politician Notley starts running the province with a majority.

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commented 2015-05-26 09:13:14 -0400
one group of scoundrels replaces another group of scoundrels: paraphrased graffiti from the ruins of Pompii
commented 2015-05-24 20:05:36 -0400
I have a nephew and a niece that voted for NDP. I still have debates with my nephew on the merit of the NDP. He tends to live in the “hopeful” mindset that the NDP will be a new face, etc, etc, where I live in the reality of what the NDP have done to the other provinces. The NDP track record is not a good one.

I certainly remember the double digit unemployment figures in Alberta in the mid 80’s just after Pierre Idiot Trudeau raped Alberta and sent us more deeply into the recession than was necessary. I lost a good career as a result of that – - – -.

My niece and my nephew along with your son will soon learn what a mistake they made in voting for the NDP. With Brian Topp as Notley’s chief of staff, well the ways to tank our economy are limitless. I bet he is full of glee knowing that he has control over the hated oil capital of Canada. Look of wind turbine and solar panel farm contract to pop up all over the place and the oil industry to be slowly closed down. We will loose businesses as they move to the US or Saskatchewan, and me along with them.
commented 2015-05-24 19:38:42 -0400
Peter, I am from Manitoba originally, lived in Saskatchewan in the early 70’s and moved to Alberta in 1977. I have spent my adult life here and really do not want to relocate. I do have relatives in SK, so I could pull up stakes if I had to, but the time to do it would be now, before housing prices tank, and interest rates start to climb, and then there is finding a new job that pays well, and that you like. I really do love Saskatchewan, but I love Alberta more, since I have fond memories of living here. The young adults, my kids ages, have never lived through extremely high interest rates (as high as 24% on mortgages!) nor double digit unemployment figures. It could get really ugly, so there is a lot to consider. I’m mildly angry at my son for voting NDP, I told him that rule number one is, that you never vote for a socialist! Now he and a lot of others are going to find this out the hard way. It’s too bad that they are dragging the rest of us along for the ride!
commented 2015-05-24 19:11:49 -0400
Deborah, I know what you mean. I am a third generation Albertan and I have been seriously looking at moving to Saskatchewan. I have already gone through the job postings and found several. Problem is that I like living in Alberta and don’t really want to move out. I guess we will see in time what will happen.
commented 2015-05-24 17:59:59 -0400
I am dreading her first budget! That’s when we will know just which way this is going to go, though I suspect most us already know. I’m sure that it will be comparable to Jim’s budget, though I fear it will actually be worse. We may have to relocate to Saskatchewan until the next election. The only problem with that, is that a lot of us have lived in AB for quite some time, and have been through a lot of the growing pains, with the booms, and the decline of the economy during the bust cycles. It would be hard to start again, but you have to do what you have to do.
commented 2015-05-24 17:00:05 -0400
Kenneth, it is more than mind-boggling, it is frightening. I have little doubt the NDP will be gone next election, but just how much damage can they do before then? I shiver to think.
commented 2015-05-24 15:29:38 -0400
Didn’t take long, did it? How long before Notley and Redford are indistinguishable?
Really mind-boggling that so many Albertans have willingly taken the NDP Kool-aid.
commented 2015-05-24 13:30:37 -0400
Deborah – “I fear that the internet will also be like the MSM one day”

Yes, it is controlled like that in some countries and could easily happen here. Obama has tried a form of control already, but the bill failed to pass. Certain types of governments, usually socialist or militaristic, try to control the people in their domain. With Canada heading full tilt toward a socialist/communist government, your fear might come to fruition sooner than we want. As long as the Conservatives stay in power, the Internet will remain free from government control, but get the Liberals or even worse yet the NDP in office that could change very quickly. You are right, what would we do then.

On the brighter side, there are always those technically minded people that can manage to circumnavigate various types of Internet control measures.

As for the MSM, esp. the CBC controlling the content of the posts on their site, this has always been a thorn in my side as I like a good civilized debate on a site. That is why I like it here so much. Well, that and it is a conservative oriented site. I do so get sick of all the socialist sites out there. And even when a conservative site like this is established, there are those from the left that cannot seem to stand any alternate view point so they have to do their best to insult the people here and disparage us all they can. Are they so threatened by a conservative site with conservative people meeting and discussing topics that they have to come here and spew their hate and anger? If they come here to debate, I eagerly welcome them. If they come here to post their anger, I wish they would just go away.
commented 2015-05-24 09:56:29 -0400
I feel the same way Peter! Just to carry on debate with others, feels like a breath of fresh air, and it is good to know what others thoughts are on various subjects. What is that old saying, that birds of a feather, flock together! I find that the MSM just makes me feel helpless and they never discuss solutions, and the moderators never allow any truth to be revealed from the other side. All comments have to fit their extreme bias on freedom of speech, or on any subject for that matter, as they do not want us talking amongst ourselves, or giving anyone else a new perspective on a subject. They are just focused on winning at all costs, by trying to destroy the best PM we have ever had in this country. I fear that the internet will also be like the MSM one day, and then I don’t know how we will be able to communicate honestly with those of like minds. We conservatives need to come together publicly or more vocally, so that we can present our ideas, and show that we are together on issues that count. I just can’t believe that so many people lap up the lies from the MSM without searching for other opinions, or questioning what is being said.
commented 2015-05-24 09:03:46 -0400
According to this Calgary Sun report
Drever crossed the line for the NDP with her latest statement which Notley’s HQ called “homophobic" in a press release. Hower, while “Drever can no longer sit in the legislature with the NDP” but as an idependent the Sun reports that is “for now” and that “Maybe sometime in the future Drever can come back to the NDP but she has to speak out about violence against women and homophobia”. So, it looks like Drever has been put in the ‘penalty box’ “for now” and will likely rejoin the NDP team once the heat is off.
commented 2015-05-24 08:44:02 -0400
Thanks ERIN BERNEY. I had commented elsewhere about the discrepancy with the media going overboard attacking Harper for his lack of judgement in appointing Mike Duffy, but Notley is given a pass for not vetting this disgrace of an MLA. I thought that Drever was removed from the NDP caucas and is now sitting as an independent.
commented 2015-05-24 02:31:03 -0400
Where’s the story on Calgary-Bow NDP MLA Deborah Drever? Instead of expelling her from caucus, as she deserved, Notley only suspended her for a year. What is that, some sort of time-out? Worse, Notley waited until the “Gay Boyz” comment came out to do anything at all. Drever had already been called out over photos on her (now deleted) Facebook page, including one in which an unknown individual (with notably feminine fingernails painted coincidentally just like Drever’s) gives the middle finger to the Canadian flag. Another is the Gatekrashor album cover image, depicting a 23-year-old Drever spreading her legs in eager anticipation of being sexually assaulted by a heavy metal musician wielding a beer bottle.
Here’s now 26-year-old Drever’s response to criticism from the media and her constituents for these actions: “It looks like there are a lot of angry people out there, and they’re attacking all the younger candidates.”
Sure, blame your constituents and accuse them of having anger issues and agism rather than accept responsibility for your actions.
If naivety of youth can excuse such behaviour such that all the punishment she gets is a one-year suspension, we urgently require legislation mandating a minimum age threshold (maybe 27?) in the eligibility criteria to run for public office in Canada. Recognized political parties that receive public funds should not be permitted to place unvetted, inexperienced university students on their ballot. If they do, then they should be prepared and willing to accept the consequences for the inevitable fallout. Notley should have expelled her.
Unfortunately, Drever’s constituents have no legal recourse to have her removed or to force a by-election, and are therefore stuck with her until Notley decides — at her convenience — to call the next provincial election.
commented 2015-05-23 23:54:38 -0400
Joe said, “Alberta to become a have not province which may require transfer payments from the feds.”

Right at the moment there are three provinces that provide all the money for transfer, which is at present greater than the cumulative amount required by the remaining 7 provinces, Alberta providing the bulk of that at approximately an average of 15 Billion/year.

My question is, that when the NDP crap out Alberta’s economy and we become a “have not” province and as a result the amount of income into the provincial equalization program is less than the demand that the now 8 provinces require, does the federal government make up the difference or do all the “have not” provinces have to split up the income by percentage of need?

I ask this because it is a topic that is really hard to research because I don’t think a situation like that has ever occurred in Canada since the program was introduced in the 50’s.

Does anyone know the answer to this question?
commented 2015-05-23 22:31:05 -0400
Just the beginning of the amateurish/unwise decisions we can expect from this NDP Alberta government.
Alberta to become a have not province which may require transfer payments from the feds. When I moved from Alberta to Ontario I was leaving a province I love and prospered in. Now I wonder?
commented 2015-05-23 21:58:10 -0400
I posted this in another article, but thought I would like to post it here as well.
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When I read the comments posted on theRebel.Media and then I read the comments on the CBC, I see:

That here the comments are all part of a conversation that really can be quite enlightening and seem to carry on from one article to another. People tend to make educated comments on sometimes very unique perspectives, . . . and debate (usually without the insults and swears). Many even make reference to other articles where comments were made and it seems people here know the referenced comment. This implies a familiarity with the entire site.

Then I look at the CBC comments and I see a few intelligent comments but by-and-large the comments are insults, complaints, and Harper hate, mostly with bad spelling and grammar. And almost all of them are very left-wing. The ones that are right-wing typically are so very bland and boring that they are not really right-wing at all, probably because of the censorship.

Why do I post this? Well, not too sure other than a compliment to all that post here, even a compliment to the obvious left-wing commentors that post here. I appreciate the comments here because real conversation and debate appears to be fostered here.
commented 2015-05-23 19:56:48 -0400
If Notley and her band do a half way reasonable job till the fall the federal NDP party could form the next national government. Perhaps she will be required to keep it tame until then.
commented 2015-05-23 19:32:58 -0400
Mistakes like this could work against federal NDP in the fall election. Let’s hope anyway. As of yesterday, Ekkos polling shows NDP winning in October. We are still five months away from the election and a lot can happen in that time so let’s hope this summer is good to Conservatives.

As for Alberta, the war and associated falling oil prices hurt Conservative and WR voters but nowhere near as much as Smith’s untimely defection to the PC Party with its justice minister who claimed to own every cop, Crown and judge in Alberta.

Folks don’t like traitors or organized crime in government.
commented 2015-05-23 16:19:35 -0400
We Albertans have been down on our luck before, but don’t count us out. What we saw in this election was the discontent with the old guard, the Wild Rose punished for the actions of the traitors and their restructuring efforts under new party leader Brian Jean, slick Jim’s socialist budget and for conning the official opposition leader, Danielle Smith, by attempting to wipe out the official opposition, the results of younger generations who have been smothered in socialist ways, who are starting to vote, and a short time period to campaign. If Jim hadn’t been so arrogant with the public, and didn’t act like he owned the province right out of gait, he might have won. But telling us to look in mirror, while he is stabbing us in the back with a socialist budget was just too much. Personally I was so mad that he wanted to reinstate AHC premiums, it put me over the top!
commented 2015-05-23 16:12:30 -0400
I think that whe will wake up to reality. If not, the ndp will be buried so far down that we will not hear from then for at least a millenium,
commented 2015-05-23 15:57:49 -0400
Motley Notley and her crew sure know how to gouge, must have been studying the Liberals. Shall we all stand up and have two minutes silence, for Alberta?
commented 2015-05-23 15:31:43 -0400
The NDP will be closely watched!

As to what we can do about it if something if found untoward is the question. I guess all we can do is expose anything wrong to the media, well not the main stream media because they are still all full of themselves with glee that Alberta has gone the socialist route so they won’t report any wrong doings.

That is what theRebel is for! I hope they get that office in Alberta up and going. It needs to be in Edmonton, right close to the Alberta legislature building.
commented 2015-05-23 15:19:27 -0400
Yeesh! Anything to squeeze money out of the public!
commented 2015-05-23 15:09:39 -0400
Sleazy right out of the starting gate.
commented 2015-05-23 15:06:22 -0400
commented 2015-05-23 14:50:26 -0400
The NDP just can’t help sticking their hands out for more, more, and more! They are walking a tight rope though, and the job of the opposition is to make sure the public know every move! I believe she will be turfed in the next election, so we will be in survivor mode until then. Alberta has kept SK employees in work for many years, so I think they will have to step up and return the favour, once the real NDP party character starts showing, and corporations start leaving in droves. I also think the black market will increase if she steps on business too hard. Increasing minimum wage is ridiculous right now, when so many are losing their jobs.
commented 2015-05-23 13:51:43 -0400
Alberta is in for a “socialist whipping” of their lives. People losing homes is ramping up nicely as oil prices fall.

Should make for a nicely volatile province too. NDP should watch their steps carefully.
commented 2015-05-23 11:50:27 -0400
Good thing to know Ezra!

I don’t know what province you are in at the moment Ezra, but you may not want to come back to your home province after Notley and her crew get through with it.

I truly have deep concerns about this province’s future.