The NDP are back doing what they do: campaigning for others while the Alberta economy continues to be the flaming dumpster fire of Confederation.
During the Federal election Alberta bled jobs all summer. Jobs Minister at the time, Lori Sigurdson was in BC campaigning for an anti-Alberta candidate. This time, the NDP are campaigning with their new favourite municipal candidate, Nav Kaur. Ms. Kaur is hoping to win the seat on Edmonton City council vacated by Amarjeet Sohi when he decided to cut and run for the Federal Liberals.
Over the weekend, Kaur held a campaign fundraiser that featured Shannon Phillips. Phillips is the Alberta Environment Minister. For $100 per plate, you could eat dinner and listen to the Minister presumably opine about girl power in politics. Kaur has also secured the endorsement of NDP MLA and raging Chavez fan boy, Rod Loyola. Remember Loyola? He wants to raise oil royalties to 60%.
I don’t know about you, but that tells me a lot about Ms. Kaur. I'd be hanging onto my wallet if she's elected the next city councillor for Edmonton's Ward 12.
The NDP, before they tasted power, hated this sort of cross governmental meddling.
In 2012, when the Alberta Government's Asian Envoy Gary Mar sold access to himself as a way to pay off his debt from his PC leadership run, the NDP were outraged. The NDP leader at the time, Brian Mason, said "I think that the most important principle here is that you don't trade on government jobs to raise money for political parties." Now that Mason is the NDP Government House leader, he's quiet about the perception of power peddling. Funny how that happens.
The old NDP understood that you can't use your government position as a fundraising tool. Today's NDP don’t think the rules apply to them.
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