July 26, 2017

Double-edged sword in Jean’s policies: Union pandering and “business friendly” don’t mix

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Yesterday was another busy day for Brian Jean as he announced several policies, most good, some bad, in his bid for leader of the new United Conservatives. 

The good ones were heavily focussed on fiscal issues that will help bring investments back to the province and help rid the province of the enormous NDP debt within three years.

Highlights are that there will be no PST, he’ll repeal the carbon tax and Notley’s cap on oil sands emissions and he’s suggesting a lot of policies that will create a friendly business environment. What’s not to like is that there are no aggressive cuts to the public sector.

Jean is taking the lead from the Wildrose’s most recent budget recommendations that outline $2.6B in operational savings, including the carbon tax which accounts for the majority of those cuts at about $1.2B.

His plan to reduce spending by way of attrition, only accounts for $312M. But Jean wants to keep the child tax credit and if he’s also keeping the working families credit, those two things combined cost the current government $336M which essentially cancels any attritions savings and then some!

Jean seems to be offering a double edged sword. On the one hand, he’s creating favourable business policies which will create jobs outside of the public sector, but he also seems to think he needs the union votes.

We’ll have $71B debt to pay by the time the NDP is through with us and will need to stop wasting money in order to pay it off. The way to do that is to rework the biggest line items - education and healthcare.

Like many Alberta politicians, Jean says he draws inspiration from Ralph Klein, but not making necessary cuts is the furthest away from that legacy a politician can get.

If we want to get back on track, the vote pandering needs to stop.

If Alberta UCP leadership candidates want to win the vote and go on to win the job of Premier, they need to stop being unprincipled and quit pandering to unions.

Instead, they should work hard to inspire the 47% of Albertans that didn’t bother to vote in the last election because nobody gave them a reason to.

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commented 2017-07-28 14:10:20 -0400
David White "OUR SUGGESTIONS WERE NOT EVEN TAKEN UP…WTF. "

This illustrates the problem with echo chambers like the Rebel – you end up with the misconception that your opinion is far more widespread than it actually is. He takes the mushy route on many issues… because hard-right conservatism will push the middle of the road voters to the NDP.
commented 2017-07-27 15:16:47 -0400
Unfortunately there is no such thing anymore, at least in politics, as the fabled, magical beast known as a, “Canadian Conservative”. Then again if you balance a budget in this country it makes you, “literally Hitler”.
commented 2017-07-27 14:25:28 -0400
“I thought the problem started with Alison Redford and moved on to Ed Stelmach.”

Ed was the first Premier after Ralph. Alison was third last as Prentice was in for a bit at the end of the PC reign and an interm Premier, Dave Hancock, just after Alison.
commented 2017-07-27 12:49:30 -0400
I thought the problem started with Alison Redford and moved on to Ed Stelmach. Both were terrible leaders who virtually helped decimate Alberta confidence in the government. The amount of golden handshakes that went out was obscene.
commented 2017-07-27 11:30:30 -0400
Soory, my computer swallowed a Justin pill.
commented 2017-07-27 11:27:33 -0400
I must say I have soured somewhat on Jean since meeting and having a lengthy conversation at the first carbon tax rally in Edmonton last fall. I simply asked him at one point about why the Wildrose was not adamant about pushing a climate policy that made sense to me and almost ALL right wing people in the province. He gave me a song and dance response that the citizens of Alberta had “tired” of hearing about it and it was best to stay quiet for the moment and not to overkill the topic. What? Through conversations with RON VOSS and others, Ron was able to garner enough support to relay some policy proposals to the Wildrose policy review meeting last fall. One was the mentioned climate policy, the other was our grave concern about David Eggen and the degenerate ndp sick school curriculum indoctrination plans. OUR SUGGESTIONS WERE NOT EVEN TAKEN UP…WTF.

The meeting with Jean concerned me and I have since concluded, I still have enough faith in Brian Jean to see him as a valuable MLA and holding some cabinet post suitable to his talents. His be all for everyone shtick , his flip flopping (carbon tax position when he was a federal MP) etc. is pause for concern. We don’t need a provincial JT. Also union cock sticking out of his mouth is somewhat offensive. One last chance for me, but not as leader.

As of now my vote would go to Fildebrand if he runs. He put that fucking skeleton crook from Ontario in her spot when she DISGRACED our hallowed halls of the provincial legislature. Brian threw him under the bus then as well, another black mark for Jean. He is on thin ice with me.
commented 2017-07-27 11:27:33 -0400
I must say I have soured somewhat on Jean since meeting and having a lengthy conversation at the first carbon tax rally in Edmonton last fall. I simply asked him at one point about why the Wildrose was not adamant about pushing a climate policy that made sense to me and almost ALL right wing people in the province. He gave me a song and dance response that the citizens of Alberta had “tired” of hearing about it and it was best to stay quiet for the moment and not to overkill the topic. What? Through conversations with RON VOSS and others, Ron was able to garner enough support to relay some policy proposals to the Wildrose policy review meeting last fall. One was the mentioned climate policy, the other was our grave concern about David Eggen and the degenerate ndp sick school curriculum indoctrination plans. OUR SUGGESTIONS WERE NOT EVEN TAKEN UP…WTF.

The meeting with Jean concerned me and I have since concluded, I still have enough faith in Brian Jean to see him as a valuable MLA and holding some cabinet post suitable to his talents. His be all for everyone shtick , his flip flopping (carbon tax position when he was a federal MP) etc. is pause for concern. We don’t need a provincial JT. Also union cock sticking out of his mouth is somewhat offensive. One last chance for me, but not as leader.

As of now my vote would go to Fildebrand if he runs. He put that fucking skeleton crook from Ontario in her spot when she DISGRACED our hallowed halls of the provincial legislature. Brian threw him under the bus then as well, another black mark for Jean. He is on thin ice with me.
commented 2017-07-27 11:27:33 -0400
I must say I have soured somewhat on Jean since meeting and having a lengthy conversation at the first carbon tax rally in Edmonton last fall. I simply asked him at one point about why the Wildrose was not adamant about pushing a climate policy that made sense to me and almost ALL right wing people in the province. He gave me a song and dance response that the citizens of Alberta had “tired” of hearing about it and it was best to stay quiet for the moment and not to overkill the topic. What? Through conversations with RON VOSS and others, Ron was able to garner enough support to relay some policy proposals to the Wildrose policy review meeting last fall. One was the mentioned climate policy, the other was our grave concern about David Eggen and the degenerate ndp sick school curriculum indoctrination plans. OUR SUGGESTIONS WERE NOT EVEN TAKEN UP…WTF.

The meeting with Jean concerned me and I have since concluded, I still have enough faith in Brian Jean to see him as a valuable MLA and holding some cabinet post suitable to his talents. His be all for everyone shtick , his flip flopping (carbon tax position when he was a federal MP) etc. is pause for concern. We don’t need a provincial JT. Also union cock sticking out of his mouth is somewhat offensive. One last chance for me, but not as leader.

As of now my vote would go to Fildebrand if he runs. He put that fucking skeleton crook from Ontario in her spot when she DISGRACED our hallowed halls of the provincial legislature. Brian threw him under the bus then as well, another black mark for Jean. He is on thin ice with me.
commented 2017-07-27 11:21:02 -0400
Deborah said, “Things started going down hill when Ed took the reigns, and the party was infiltrated by liberals.”

Exactly. It is not that the PC party before Ralph was perfect or did not have the occasion scandal, but they remained Conservative and Alberta remain on top of the economy even during down turns.

Ralph was a God-send. Then after the party kicked Ralph out of party leader and Premier, Ed Stelmach started the spending spree undoing all that Ralph did and undoing all the austerity Albertans had to endure to get spending under control.
commented 2017-07-27 10:56:06 -0400
Well said Mrs Deborah Graupner!
commented 2017-07-27 09:40:55 -0400
We need a strong conservative leader and Brian and Jason aren’t in the running. They threw conservatives under the bus who were protesting the Notley regime in Edmonton. They showed their true colours then. I hope Derek Fildebrandt steps in and wins the race. Brian also mentioned that we wouldn’t be having a far right conservative party like in the past. I think that was a ridiculous and naive statement and indicates to me that he isn’t the leader that we want or need. The reason the previous conservatives lasted for decades is because they treated us fairly and we prospered because of it. Things started going down hill when Ed took the reigns, and the party was infiltrated by liberals.
commented 2017-07-27 08:37:16 -0400
Flat Earth said, “I would like to see what Derrick Fildibrant has to say..”

Yea, I agree with that. What he says is important, but how he reacts to when the media starts beating on him is even more telling.

Brian Jean has already proven his backbone is missing.

We need someone with the attitude of Trump who throws the media’s hate and lie back at them twice as hard.

It is the lying socialist/wannabe communist scum in the media that are the biggest problem.
commented 2017-07-26 23:54:55 -0400
They all talk about being a grassroots driven party. To what degree or at all will the grassroots determine the policies of the UCP? Seems very little. First will be the leadership race and the policy convention thereafter, the cart before the horse. In today’s paper the UCP interim leader WRP MLA Nathan Cooper expressed his personal views that, “UCP will be ‘open, inclusive,’ says interim leader whose views on LGBTQ community have recently evolved”. Laying out the policy of the new party by top down announcements? As interim leader, why doesn’t he keep his mouth shut? I don’t care about his views and certainly don’t subscribe to him defining the policies of this new party.
commented 2017-07-26 22:55:38 -0400
Jean has shown he’s too invertebrate to take on Public sector parasitism and lugenpresse head on – he’s a compromiser and there are things that have to be rolled back from this wave of degenerate globalism which require no compromise, no quarter and relentless attack until defeated – The public will in Alberta will NOT be held hostage to union bullying or threats from foreign interests.
commented 2017-07-26 21:47:53 -0400
The Calgary Sun’s Rick Bell agrees with Holly in an article entitled “United Conservative Brian Jean’s budget blueprint ain’t Ralph 2.0”:
http://www.calgarysun.com/2017/07/25/united-conservative-brian-jeans-budget-blueprint-aint-ralph-20
An interesting footnote by Bell, “For those wanting their premier to be in Pride parades, Jean says he has no problem marching in one. There’s one in Calgary the first Sunday in September. I’ll lend him my feather boa.”
commented 2017-07-26 21:24:22 -0400
I would like to see what Derrick Fildibrant has to say..
I think Brian Jean is trying to be all things to everybody.
commented 2017-07-26 21:16:15 -0400
Either way we are doomed… With the Wild Rose we will just die a lot slower than the NDP.!!!
commented 2017-07-26 20:58:50 -0400
Jean is announcing policies. Is this not the cart before the horse? Shouldn’t the policies be developed by the grassroots.
Not surprising his policies are heavily focussed on fiscal issues, many of which, like repealing the carbon tax, are unlikely to distinguish him from other potential leadership candidates. I noticed MLA Leela Aheer standing behind Jean as a prop. Are those supposed to represent MLAs who support his leadership?