March 04, 2016

Alberta NDP’s Calgary-Greenway by-election candidate: Expect more failed economic policy from Roop Rai

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

A by-election is scheduled in Calgary-Greenway for March 22 and all parties that have decided to enter the race have chosen their candidates. The NDP have chosen Roop Rai, a former radio host.

Not only did the candidate mention that Alberta relies 100% on oil, which is completely false, since about one quarter of the province’s economy relies on the industry, but what was worse is Rai’s husband recently lost his job in oil and gas - which she stated prompted her to run in the riding, suggesting that she’s running to collect the salary dollars.

On the minimum wage hike, the candidate admitted that small businesses are concerned about increases, but in the same breath mentioned that those businesses benefitting will be able to afford proper care for their families. It seems that the NDP is all about choosing winners and losers and in this case, the winners are the people that are lucky enough to find a higher paying minimum wage job.

Rai also mentioned that the NDP increase in corporate taxes was a good choice because the extra money goes to social programs that benefit the poor. But without investments, these so-called social programs suffer. And one of the more questionable comments made by the NDP candidate was that slashing healthcare and education would worsen the economy.

Here in Alberta, we’re used to public sector bloat. Over 10 years, the Progressive Conservatives squandered $49 billion dollars to public sector pensions and contracts that were double the rate of inflation. But NDP are even worse – take a look at the public sector job trends that are way up under this government, which means that Alberta will spend even more on pensions and contracts.

Like any time the NDP speak before they think, Roop Rai later admitted that oil and gas accounts for only one quarter of Alberta’s GDP. Rai may be able to take her words back, but the province can’t reverse the damage that has already been done by the NDP government.

And if this candidate is elected to represent Calgary-Greenway, we can expect more of the same.

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commented 2016-03-06 02:59:18 -0500
Putting words in my mouth?
commented 2016-03-06 00:16:02 -0500
Sam. Until the NDP took over, the situation was so good for ppl seeking work, that employers were forced to offer much more than either the old min wage or the new one. So there sir, is your answer, a really strong economy!

But notice how you immediately gravitated to the Gov being the answer? You didn’t even consider any other possibilities, did you? Now, have you learned anything? Are you embarrassed? Or too stupid to be embarrassed?
commented 2016-03-04 19:51:51 -0500
Dieter, you’re right about the vote being split. The WR better not wait until the last minute to get their act together. They either have to flatten the Cons or make some kind of a deal with them. It will be a blood bath if the vote gets split enough for the NDP to stay in.

How does being a former radio host qualify you for a career in politics? It doesn’t sound as if she has a clue about how an economy works or doesn’t work.
commented 2016-03-04 19:45:37 -0500
Sam, education , motivation and a healthy economy. The only responsibility of the government is to get out of the way. In Alberta that won’t happen until the wicked witch is dead and shrivelled up under Dorothy’s front porch. So the answer is no, there is nothing that will improve the financial conditions of the working poor for many years to come.

The only thing raising the minimum wage will accomplish is shutting down business. It will be the straw that broke the camel’s back. The little guy will close shop, the bigger boy’s will just find a way to need fewer employees, through efficiencies and automation etc. My advice is join a union, and get in line for a union job. While they last that is.
commented 2016-03-04 18:07:52 -0500
Does anybody here have a better idea of how to improve the financial conditions of the working poor, this side of increasing the min wage?
commented 2016-03-04 16:49:16 -0500
The NDP will win, for the simple reason Muslims and the UN take a special interest in Canadian Politics. Canada is of major interest to Islam. A great victory, even if just a simple By- election.
commented 2016-03-04 15:59:26 -0500
There is a range of consequence for malpractice in all occupations, from business failure to ending up in the dock facing criminal charges.

Except in politics.
commented 2016-03-04 15:43:49 -0500
1) Roop has set the “intelligence bar” rather low
2) I am a retired teacher. From day one I resented the tight connection between my union/professional association (you choose) and the NDs of the day , and there was nothing I could do about it.
commented 2016-03-04 15:28:11 -0500
CANADIAN MONGREL – The Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL), the umbrella group the ATA, UNA and other unions sit under, was involved in the founding of the NDP back in the early sixties. The creation of the NDP included a combination of the Canadian Commonwealth Federation (CCF) (Grant Notley, Rachel Notleys father was involved), the AFL and other unions. The AFL and its associated unions and the NDP are two heads of the same beast with a relationship between them that is incestuous. Some quick examples for NDP MLAs with AFL connections: Shannon Phillips was an AFL researcher, David Eggen worked for Friends of Medicare (an group run by the AFL) and Heather Sweet was an AUPE member. So with this there is no wonder that the AFL and its unions just go along with what is happening.
commented 2016-03-04 15:12:13 -0500
The voters have to smarten up and not vote for the PC’s. They have to do what they did in the last by- election and vote WR to avoid spiting the vote, which is what happened in so many of the riding’s in the general election and ended up giving us the NDP lunatics.
commented 2016-03-04 14:59:50 -0500
Of course, the PCs and WR are running against each other and will split the opposing vote. It is vital for voters to remember that it was the PCs, who are no different than the NDP in their policies and arrogance. Of course, opposition votes will stream off into the ABP and ALP, further splitting those against the NDP.

Consider this a test to the next election, unless the WR runs against and proves that those in the opposition are incapable of challenging the NDP. The two party option is the only way to wipe out the NDP.
commented 2016-03-04 14:46:57 -0500
I have never heard of this candidate Holly, keep up the great work
commented 2016-03-04 14:43:04 -0500
They are getting desperate—trying to present her as "one of us "

P G. Is your dog named roop
commented 2016-03-04 14:06:34 -0500
Her husband recently lost his job in oil and gas. How ironic is that. My dog could run in the riding and beat her. One by-election at a time folks if we too the throw out the rest of the socialist garbage in the next election.
commented 2016-03-04 13:58:04 -0500
Does anyone really think this NDP candidate will win?? I think that there are many of those that did vote this government in – are becoming afraid of what is “brewing”. No matter who I meet and speak with – there are no kind words for the NDPiggers.
commented 2016-03-04 13:53:42 -0500
“And one of the more questionable comments made by the NDP candidate was that slashing healthcare and education would worsen the economy.”

The Non-Democratic Party and their ilk always use this as a Trojan horse. Cutting spending on health care and education does not logically lead to cuts in front-line worker positions. The bloat can be excised through the bureaucracy. The bureaucracy for both public industries does nothing to improve the health care or education of the Province, but instead inhibits their effectiveness by removing funding for the front line. However, will the Non-Democrats admit the uselessness of the bloated bureaucracy? Nope. They will probably hire more bureaucrats to do a four year study to see why these public service industries are inefficient and ineffective with the pre-determined conclusion that it is not because of useless bureaucrats and more levels of the parasites are necessary.

What is really stupid is the unions of the front line such as ATA, UNA, etc don’t see this and represent their members accordingly. Or the union executives do see it, but want to benefit personally rather than represent the front line, hence agree with the need of bloating the bureaucracy.