July 21, 2015

Rachel Notley’s NDP is already a disaster for Alberta

Ezra LevantRebel Blogger

It’s been about a month since we started reporting on the awful hiring decisions made by Rachel Notley, the NDP premier of Alberta was making. Unfortunately, it’s been non-stop bad news.

As you know, Notley hired Brian Topp, a Toronto-based lobbyist and a former candidate for the federal NDP leadership, as her own chief of staff. He’s awful - an anti-Alberta extremist who literally wants to ban cars from cities.

Topp immediately proceeded to hand out key positions across the government to his own friends, as patronage gifts. Literally ten out of twelve chiefs of staff to Alberta cabinet ministers aren’t Albertans themselves. This makes no sense if the goal is to run Alberta the best way possible. But it makes total sense if the goal is for Topp to hand out patronage gifts to his NDP friends and to build his personal team for when he runs again. (He’s not sticking around Alberta for the long term - he refuses to move to Alberta, commuting in each week by jet.)

Here’s an update on this story in the past month:

1. Rachel Notley gave a speech about the oilsands - closed to TV cameras - in which she allegedly praised the oilsands. The mainstream media were jubilant about that speech. But we received a copy of that speech, and it’s a disaster. Take a look at it, here.

2. Notley has always been against crude oil exports. She said that again and again before her election. But she hasn’t changed one bit since her election. See proof of that, here.

3. It’s so bad, Notley just granted a bizarre concession to the Liberal premier of Quebec, giving him a de facto veto over Alberta’s pipelines. No province has the constitutional power to block another province’s exports. Notley has sold us out - see the video here.

4. What’s worse, the one premier who is standing up for the oil patch, Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall, has been demonized by Notley. See here.

5. What’s so frustrating, is that the mainstream media doesn’t want to hold the NDP to account. Teck just announced that it is delaying its massive, $20 billion oilsands mine for at least five years. They had been teetering on the edge; Notley’s tax hikes and royalty review surely pushed them over. That’s as big as if GM just shut down in Ontario. It should have been front page news for a week in Alberta. But it wasn’t. See here.

6. The oil patch is reeling from low prices, and Notley piled on with a vindictive royalty review. She appointed Dave Mowat, the head of Alberta Treasury Branches, to chair it. That probably sounded encouraging to many people. But he’s a Trojan Horse. Mowat is so extreme, he actually flew down to Tennessee to train personally with Al Gore about how to campaign against fossil fuels.

7. And then there’s the three chiefs of staff we exposed in a row. Toronto’s Graham Mitchell, now in charge of the energy department - we revealed he was a registered anti-oilsands lobbyist. Brent Dancey, now running the environment department. We revealed that he’s a former violent criminal from Regina. And Tony Clark, the chief of staff to another minister, who was also a registered anti-oil lobbyist.

We’re trying to tell the good news, too - we took a great trip up to Fort McMurray, and did a whole series of interviews up there, which you can see here. And we’re making friends and allies, like Barry from Edmonton who literally went out into the streets to collect signatures for our Fire Mitchell petition.

The mainstream media is still giving Notley and her NDP a honeymoon. But facts are facts: she’s proceeded faster and harsher against the oil patch than anyone would have dreamed. And the worst is likely still to come.

I promise you that we’ll continue to do the reporting that the mainstream media won’t, to continue town hall meetings across the province to ring the alarm, and to sign up allies to make sure we fight Notley’s anti-oil agenda every step of the way - and make sure it comes to an end in the next election.

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commented 2015-11-22 20:49:13 -0500
Carbon Tax is just another tax grab! Its a term coined by Governments in debt looking for ways to generate money. Its illogical because it does nothing for the environment. Its a way out for Governments to not address the real problem of pollution. Big industries can by credits but continue to pollute. Not a bad deal if you have enough credits . I am not opposed to the oil industry but, I am opposed to the blatant hypocrisy and the continued spin put on this issue.
commented 2015-07-30 20:29:03 -0400
to GERRY FLADAGER, you have the right idea, but,
your numbers are way off,
MB has a $ 33.5 BILLION DEBT,
the yearly interest on that is close to 1 Billion.
MB has the highest per share DEBT of any province.
commented 2015-07-24 16:00:44 -0400
Remember Stelmack? He started the destruction…..NDP or not Alberta hasn’t had a true leader since Klein…Also people forget what the oil industry provides to us besides fuel and oil….what about plastics, how does that provide us in day to day necessities? How about house hold appliances, could we live without them? Could we all go back to living with wood heat in our homes? Cooking on a wood stove? Growing our own gardens and living off the land? Heat up water to bathe, cook, no toilets – using outhouses, Giving up cell phones, lawn movers, sprinklers, radios, motorized transportation, television, movie theatres, DVD & CD players, airplanes, trains, clothes washer and dryer, trading fur for goods and services, helping your neighbour in time of need, not having to worry about being killed/raped in your sleep…….think of that plus more before you think the oil and gas industry is such an awful thing to have in our back yard, do we actually appreciate ALL things we take for granted? We all have our own opinions, that’s mine…..
commented 2015-07-23 17:00:20 -0400
Who would think Sharknado in Alberta! Living in Alberta for 35 years this is all very concerning! Our NDP orange tornado has become full of sharks! Sharknado in Alberta full of political leaders attacking Alberta’s health. Sorry all my NDP hopefuls (I heard some say they voted NDP government in more as a spanking to Conservatives, thinking they would form a minority and shocked when they won the majority!) and much more sorry for Alberta as we learn to duck to survive!
commented 2015-07-23 14:15:05 -0400
Having spent much of my life during the transition through an NDP government in BC, I have nothing but concern for Alberta. What began as a very people-centric government became and anti-business government that put the people out of work. It’s at the core of why I came to Alberta, after which I’ve never had a problem finding (or making) employment.
commented 2015-07-23 08:17:26 -0400
Foul mouth = fecal brain. As for Alberta, I think Notley was handed a lot of these problems from the previous government, and that is compounded by the low world oil price which is destabilising Alberta’s over heated economy – the real test is how she deals with it and so far all I see is the typical decadent socialism which piles on debt in poor economic times fantasizing that they will pick some money of the money trees in the future to sooth the debt/interest monster. Shows me there is no new or innovative governing thought in this Dipper cabal.
commented 2015-07-23 08:10:41 -0400
Oh my. Nearly every single thing you listed as a terrible blight against RN, I’d consider a pretty damn good idea. Getting rid of cars? I don’t think so, not yet, but improving transit drastically instead of catering to car owners? That’s simply a just and responsible decision.

Being against crude oil exports? Increasing royalties? Yeah, I would too if the province only stood to gain a measly 3% from sales of the most precious commodity Alberta has at this moment. Norway takes 95%, which gets directly invested back into clean energy.

You see, Norway knows the gravy train of oil will end one day, and wants to be prepared for the aftermath. It sounds like you think that planning for the future is some kind of socialist nightmare.

It’s crystal clear that you are a paid lobbyist. Your reasoning makes zero sense from an everyday person perspective. Oil is down and that’s a great kick in the pants for Canada to focus on bigger and better things rather than cling to an incredibly harmful and destructive commodity

Every single person under the age of 60 in Canada would much rather have a balanced and supportive economic system then be at the mercy of disruptive and unpredictable shady oil deals.

And by the way… You probably shouldn’t slam the presence of people from Ontario or Quebec. That’s where a huge percentage of the oil sands’ work force comes from. I believe that approximately 60% of the influx of workers are people from other provinces, so what makes an Albertan anyways?
commented 2015-07-23 01:56:10 -0400
what teat are you sucking off of.
You are just another drive by.
‘Your precious Alberta,’ bullshit, where were you planted from. Are you even Canadian?
commented 2015-07-23 01:18:47 -0400
F@*K the oilsands! Only the least efficient, most environmentally detrimental process there is. Aerial photographs of our precious Alberta only go to show that we have successfully carved an A%#hole into the world
commented 2015-07-22 22:31:56 -0400
People get the government they deserve. Albertans voted in this disaster – I hope they’ve learned something at least in time for the Federal election, but I doubt it.
commented 2015-07-22 22:03:28 -0400
Yvette , we should be talking more about Manitoba, a good example of socialist rot.
commented 2015-07-22 22:01:26 -0400
I have to agree with Linda,“In my opinion, they are saboteurs and traitors.” and Keith, “When was the NDP not a disaster?”

Owen we do our own homework here, and I for one am completely clear on the train wreck that is Notely in Alberta.
What province do you hail from?
commented 2015-07-22 19:37:18 -0400
Anybody that supports ezra levant (no caps because he is a subhuman jerk), who raises money to support his rude obnoxious comments should be given a frontal lobotomy. You have the right to say what you want but at the same time are 100% responsible for what you say. Your intentional lies and misconstruing of the truth has no place in journalism. Thankfully Canadian courts have agreed. Just pay up biotch!@$80k
commented 2015-07-22 13:01:44 -0400
When was the NDP not a disaster?
commented 2015-07-21 23:58:38 -0400
The whole thing went sideways due to Redford, Prentice, Smith, Manning, and the generations that have been brainwashed into believing that socialism works. It is a failed ideology, but seems to have permeated all of society. Let’s just pray that they don’t win federally, or are able to stick us with a coalition government, or we as a country, will never recover.
commented 2015-07-21 23:16:43 -0400
Love her! Not so fond of Albertans who talk mindless crap about fellow Albertans, however. Very unclassy. You’re better than this, Ezra.
commented 2015-07-21 22:36:05 -0400
You don’t have to vote the NDP in to know they are disaster. They’ve destroyed the economy of every province they’ve ever gotten their hands on.
commented 2015-07-21 22:26:22 -0400
Just wondering if anyone else thinks that nutley and her students are the puppets and nocare is the puppet master trying to cement his base for when\if he does manage to win some year? It is so very sad to see that Edmonton and Calgary are bringing the rest of the province down with their stupidity. They need to get their heads out of their skyscrapers and see what has happened in other provinces.
commented 2015-07-21 20:14:12 -0400
I don’t care how “angry” you are…..you can never vote NDP. Albertans will soon see what a catastrophe they’re in for..
commented 2015-07-21 18:07:36 -0400
Actually in Mb, our deficit is over $422M & our debt is over $33B. The NDP ruin everything they touch. When are people going to learn.
commented 2015-07-21 16:13:08 -0400
To the loons in Alberta that voted N.D.P.we had these same loons in MB. and now we are paying one million $$$ a day just to service the debt because we have $842 million debt run up by the N.D.P.
commented 2015-07-21 15:33:16 -0400
Ban cars from cities? That would go over SO well in Calgary…LOL!
commented 2015-07-21 15:18:10 -0400
The lunitics are running the assulum.
We must get their slimy hands off our resources.
In my opinion, they are saboteurs and traitors.
Their continual interference in commerce and the basic right for Canadians to put food on the table is deplorable and immoral and anti Canadian.
Time to stand tall and take back what is rightfully ours.
commented 2015-07-21 14:58:19 -0400
Motley Notley and and her, good friend, Topp, both need ‘Topping’ (Old slang for Beheading).