October 30, 2015

"Immoral": Now Notley's Alberta NDP "want to build a bloody monorail"

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

The Alberta NDP's budget is disgraceful and disasterous as it is. Now they're talking about building something that's not even in that budget: A high speed train.

High speed trains don’t work.

They’re always massive economic failures -- make-work projects for lobbyists for train companies, like corporate welfare basket case, Bombardier.

Take Toronto’s latest disaster. Just a month ago, they opened up a billion-dollar train from the Toronto airport to the downtown subway station. It’s 90% empty.

Who would take a train between Edmonton and Calgary? That’s a three hour drive.

This is a disaster. It’s a stupid idea. Even the government says so — an all-party committee studied the idea just last year, and concluded it would cost up to $7 billion to build, and would burn through $129 million a year.

So, double those numbers, in real life.

On Tuesday, we saw what happened when a social worker was made finance minister. On Wednesday, we saw what happened when a bus driver union member was made transportation minister. And all of this is happening under a government led by an anti-oilsands activist who was made NDP premier.

We’ve got to call of Rachel Notley and her mad dogs. We’ve got to tell them to stop. And if they won’t stop, we’ve got to do everything we can to stop them. SIGN OUR PETITION at SaveAlbertaJobs.ca

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commented 2015-11-01 12:26:58 -0500
Again, I have no problem with Rapid transit between Hi Density areas, like from Kitchener to Oshawa, or Toronto to Barrie etc. IF I was the PM of this country, I would not re-use the regular rail lines with a partial improvement, I would take it to the max, with rocket trains from big city to big city, where 300KM was a safe and normal expectation. it would force property prices down, make the cost of living much better and add/save a hr. of life each day to every man woman and child who travels.

Also, I would be building our own Jet fighter in Canada, in Alberta, and have parts come from all across Canada. And I wouldn’t create a trade deficit with the USA by buying the F35 outside of Canada. We can do better, make it faster, fly longer and do more than the F35 can, for less and we can stop the brain drain, help our universities, our tech industry and all of our manufacturing take it to the next level. There are two big projects, and we should leave bridges to municipalities, and just set up a logical funding structure that focus money into pragmatic productive infrastructure projects.
commented 2015-11-01 12:20:27 -0500
While I don’t like the NDP, I do like Rapid transit, Monorails or whatever you call it. Hi-speed rail. The one to the Airport needed to be built, It should have been cheaper and the fee to take it is too expensive, but the fees can come down, and ridership will increase. That actually shouldn’t have been pegged as a ride to the airport, but made a subway, with a link to the Airport costing no more than any other subway. Subway Fare should be the same as the Cab initial fee. So, if the cab is $4, to get in, the Subway fee should be the same. The difference is, Subways take you a long way with no more cost. Monthly passes could also generate revenue by being a rewards card.

I would love it if Canada got on board with Meg-Lev Trains, that could take people from Quebec city to Ottawa for example in 25% of the time current trains do.
commented 2015-10-31 06:21:03 -0400
good observation ,CHARLES WHITE
commented 2015-10-30 21:43:57 -0400
If you are going to build a path between places, put one connecting communities that rely on winter roads.
commented 2015-10-30 19:57:07 -0400
The NDP member who asked the soft-ball question is obviously a disciple of the Alberta Health Minister’s pathway to good health.
commented 2015-10-30 19:55:58 -0400
“A town with money is like a mule with a spinning wheel, no one knows how he got it and dang if he knows how to use it”
Kind of like a social worker with a provincial credit card lol. The NDP is no longer the party for workers or the labour movement. It’s been hijacked by those looking for a free ride and support big government. Looking out for the interests of public sector unions, bureaucrats and their special interest groups. It’s no different then the Liberals in Ontario greasing the palms of the teachers unions with 3-million in bribes. And all this while hard working middle class canadians are losing oil & gas jobs, manufacturing jobs, etc. The private sector and its workers are being hung out to dry by these crooks, the people they supposedly represent.
commented 2015-10-30 18:18:20 -0400
Albertas high speed monorail would be equivalent to BC’s fast ferrys…..the death nail for the NDP for eternity.
commented 2015-10-30 18:16:02 -0400
If you want to see what Alberta will look like in 4-years, just look to Quebec. It took only one PQ term in government to destroy quebecs economy. Looks like it will take half time for the NDP to destroy Alberta.
commented 2015-10-30 17:11:25 -0400
Alberta can go $100 billion into debt, and then only have a similar debt burden as Ontario. Why not? $7 billion for a train, and make it powered by windmills. This Green project could be a lasting legacy of the NDP for the next 50 years.
commented 2015-10-30 16:26:26 -0400
So this high-speed ‘train’ bunkum of the NDP is a dream of theirs eh?
In dream interpretation a train can mean being out of control, it can also signify approaching death…
Keep dreaming Notley…
Here’s the Chordettes, just for you and yours:
Mr. Sandman
Bunk, bunk, bunk, bunk, bunk
Bunk, bunk, bunk, bunk, bunk
Bunk, bunk, bunk, bunk, bunk
Bunk, bunk, bunk, bunk, bunk
Bunk, bunk, bunk, bunk, bunk

Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream
(Bunk, bunk, bunk, bunk)
Make it the costliest that I’ve ever seen
(Bunk, bunk, bunk, bunk)
commented 2015-10-30 15:57:45 -0400
Monorail! Monorail! Monorail!
commented 2015-10-30 14:52:28 -0400
Globalists’ love the scam and tax involved in trains and bridges to nowhere that nobody will bother to take!
commented 2015-10-30 14:01:43 -0400
They did the exact same thing in Detroit. No one uses it, it failed to revitalize the city and now they have to pay for the upkeep (they can’t). Considering Detroit’s fiscal turmoil, it’s probably not the best model to emulate.
commented 2015-10-30 13:49:10 -0400
Mono… DOH!
commented 2015-10-30 13:45:06 -0400
Heh heh , pass the beer and popcorn – great stand up comedy – keep those AB legislature clips coming – it’s about the only thing to smile about as the province craters
commented 2015-10-30 13:41:30 -0400
Rod- I could write a book about the failures of the socialist buggers and how they destroyed BC. The province has never recovered.
commented 2015-10-30 13:31:05 -0400
The move is on to restrict the free movement of individuals and to stuff us into government transit and remote controled cars.
Agenda 21 at work here .The end goal is to take away our independence and make us pay for the process by taxing us with never ending green scams.
commented 2015-10-30 13:28:56 -0400
Mac…you forgot that they had no sewage treatment and were dumping it into the straight until caught…they cost billions and were sold for peanuts as scrap…that is very typical of what happens when the dippers get involved in infrastructure spending…
commented 2015-10-30 13:24:43 -0400
You know Shannon, at least I think you are posting honestly. The truth is that fixed rail transportation opens the door to tremendous graft. When you think about it, bus routes can be changed due to ridership demands. Fixed rail cannot. Therefore, the route of fixed rail is something that anyone with money can ammend based on the integrity of our elected officials. I am sorry to say that not only doesn’t the surrounding population meet the threshold population, it also opens the door to tremendous graft in our political system.
You might think about dedicated bus routes; fast track lanes built onto existing highways, if public transportation is what you really have in mind, other than the gold mine that fixed rail offers unscrupulous politicians and bureaucrats.
I am sorry that this is the way that gov’t is working these days but… it is the way that gov’t is working these days…

Just take a look at the fast train from somewhere outside of Bakersfield to somewhere outside of Sacramento. For the low, low price of 60 BILLION! Having lived in SoCal for many years I can tell you that this train will lose money. And yet, the liberals insist that this project be put forward. Why do you think that is? Liberals could upgrade the airports and upgrade the bus service. Why do you suppose that they don’t do that?
It is graft; it is all about graft.
commented 2015-10-30 13:19:50 -0400
Funny it didn’t work in Springfield, but these cartoon characters running Alberta thinks it will work in real life…… Hmmmm
commented 2015-10-30 13:01:29 -0400
Shades of the fast ferry fiasco in BC. Massive cost over runs, poor design, massive problems due to the NDP pushing it through. Engines purchased before the design was done and they turned out to be too small which they had to be ran at too high a power that caused many engine failures. They had to either carry fuel or cars as to carry a full load of fuel or cars made them too heavy. This caused them to have to fuel up often which took away the ability to take advantage of their speed. Also they put up such a bow wave that destroyed many private docks and facilities. It never came to light that since they had a tunnel drive that sealions, seals etc. would be sucked in and come out the back looking like hamburger.
commented 2015-10-30 12:52:19 -0400
Highway 2 has become quite congested (we drive on the highway frequently) and the idea of a high speed train between Calgary and Edmonton has been talked about for decades and numerous studies have been completed on it. A high speed train is a better solution to the congestion than increasing the highway to six lanes for its entirety as was mused upon lately by the NDP. One question needs to be answered – Is there even room in the transportation corridor that Highway 2 is in for such an addition? The money is one consideration but the land is a second consideration.
Here is an interesting article and some info on one of the previous studies completed. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/bullet-train-on-the-slow-road-to-approval/article1199931/
commented 2015-10-30 12:51:35 -0400
Wonderful just ratcheting up the insanity and, of course, it will become a lasting monument to Notley by being named the “Rachel Notley Monorail” in honor of her many ‘contributions’ to Alberta’s economy! Remember Montreal–Mirabel International Airport that turned out to be a white elephant. Dorval Airport was renamed Montreal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport after the Canadian Prime Minister whose government initiated the project whose aim was to close and replace that airport. However, also, remember Brian Topp, Notley’s appointed Chief of Staff, another of the many non-Albertan imports and runner-up for the federal leadership of the New Democratic Party during its 2012 leadership campaign, declaring during a NDP leadership debate that we need to get rid of cars.
commented 2015-10-30 12:48:04 -0400
Let me correct the title, if should read that Rachel wants the unions to build a monorail! Big difference, and the corruption will run deep, and wide!
commented 2015-10-30 12:43:30 -0400
Perhaps it would be a good idea, to allow Alberta NDP to build this, High Speed Train. Then they could throw them out, ‘On a Rail’. But then, the rail line is sure to be looped, just like the NDP. What goes around comes around..
commented 2015-10-30 12:36:03 -0400
“the ring came off my pudding can.”
commented 2015-10-30 12:35:22 -0400
Len: If by real you mean anyone who agrees with you then it’s time for a reality check. Besides I have seen former Toronto Sun Media employees on other news stations from time to time. The Sun media had much of the same opinions as expressed here. So it is obvious before you spoke you should have done your homework.
commented 2015-10-30 12:33:38 -0400
LEN-LANGEVIN= torstar=cbc=globeandmail=ctv=canwest=nationalpost=lamestream-media=blogging-monkey
commented 2015-10-30 12:30:42 -0400
Len – And what does your comment mean regarding fixed rail transportation in an area that doesn’t meet the threshold population to support it?
I guess you just wandered in here…