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The city of Medicine Hat, Alberta is boycotting a conference in Quebec.
And Calgary's mayor Nenshi doesn't like it one bit.
Is it really any wonder that a mayor who's cozied up to the Rockefeller Foundation is looking down his smug nose at a municipality making a stand for Alberta's oil and gas jobs?
Here's the story:
Medicine Hat, Alberta is a city of about 65,000 people, located about three hours southeast of Calgary — but it is also located directly in my heart this week.
Medicine Hat city council voted unanimously to boycott the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference in Quebec City, to be held on May 30.
“In Medicine Hat, we just didn’t feel like we could spend our taxpayers’ money in a province that didn’t welcome us.
"We’re cutting and cutting and cutting and telling our employees that they take zero percent wage increases; we’re cutting how often we water the parks, and then all of a sudden for our citizens to see seven of us are flying to Quebec? Well, the optics of that perhaps aren’t the best either.”
Oil and gas have been part of Medicine Hat since before Alberta was Alberta. Today, assets and business partnerships in the oil and gas industry have resulted in a half a billion dollars in benefit to the city of Medicine Hat over the last 15 years.
But Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi scolded Medicine Hat for boycotting the conference, saying,
"I always think a dialogue is better than taking your puck and going home".
Mayor Nenshi should be embarrassed that a much smaller city like Medicine Hat is taking a much bolder stand for Alberta than Calgary is.
But Calgary's mayor has a bit of a habit of talking down to those who are standing up for the oil and gas sector.
What's behind that? Well, it might be hard to believe that the mayor of Canada's oil and gas capital is taking favors and funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, whose tar sands campaign has played a major part in the downturn in oil and gas and the land locking of Canada's resources.
But he is.
TONIGHT I'll show you what The Rebel discovered about Nenshi's Rockefeller Foundation connections, thanks to Freedom of Information requests we sent to Calgary City Hall.
For example, the Foundation gets a say in who Calgary will hire for their "Chief Resilience Officer" with the money Rockefeller is giving them. But there's a lot more, as I'll show you.
Does that put into a little better perspective why Nenshi was so peeved at Medicine Hat for doing the right thing for all Albertans?
NEXT: William McBeath of SaveCalgary.com joins me to talk more about this.
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