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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