An anonymous citizen journalist attended the student "MP Candidate Meet and Greet" at the University of Calgary on September 24, 2015 -- and what he heard was unbelievable.
The event was attended by five NDP candidates: Kirk Heuser (Calgary Confederation), Dany Allard( Calgary Shepard, Bruce Kaufman (Calgary Nosehill), Jillian Ratti (Calgary Centre) and Stephanie Kot (Calgary Rocky Ridge).
According to the citizen journalist who provided me with this audio, there were two self described Marxists at the event who stated that the best proxy for a revolution are the NDP. Another woman wearing a t-shirt that said “Feminist and Atheist” was also part of the small crowd.
What started off as a low key gathering quickly went off the rails when the anonymous citizen journalist began speaking with Kirk Heuser.
First, the would-be legislator stated that California is the best model for Alberta when it comes to corporate tax increases.
But although there have been recent propositions to increase corporate taxes in California, such as SB 1372, these rates haven’t changed since 1997, and they’ve generally decreased over time:
Heuser also insisted that environmental regulations in California and other places are better than Alberta’s. Albertans, he said, are considered “environmental laggards" around the world. Except the fact is, Alberta has the most highly regulated oil and gas industry on earth.
In contrast, the Placerita oilfield just outside Los Angeles hosts the dirtiest oil in North America, where twice as many upstream emissions are produced in relation to the Alberta oil sands. By wanting Alberta to be more like California, does this mean Heuser supports increases in GHG emissions -- and importing oil from countries like Saudi Arabia and Iraq?
What are these other countries that Heuser says disapprove of Alberta? Venezuela? Nigeria? Inquiring minds want to know.
The $15 minimum wage hike in Seattle was also discussed.
Critics suggesting such increases don’t alleviate poverty, since many employees request fewer hours in order to stay on social assistance programs. Between March and April 2015, after the increase went into effect, the number of people on Seattle’s Basic Food Program dropped by only 0.4%. Some Seattle businesses are also implementing a 15% surcharge, while some restaurants are closing. In some cases, kiosks are replacing people. Perhaps Heuser is oblivious to these facts.
Kirk Heuser also doesn't deny that his party works with billionaire George Soros. When asked if the NDP are associated with the billionaire, Heuser says yes, and then goes on to confirm that we must address environmental issues, which are among Soros' favourite causes.
For example, Soros funded environmentalist campaigns to phase out coal – then invested millions back into the coal industry when the share prices inevitably fell.
Of course, no conversation with an NDP candidate is complete without a robust discussion on climate change.
“There will be no daycare to worry about,” Heuser said, if we don’t do anything about climate change.
Kirk Heuser goes as far as saying that the NDP’s climate change policy is better than the Green Party’s.
The NDP candidate also insists that phasing out coal will save the Canada health care system $3 billion.
But that “poor air quality” myth trotted out by Rachel Notley was debunked last week.
According to Heuser, climate scientists are being muzzled by the Conservative Party of Canada.
He insists that the apparent conspiracy is a result of scientists having information on climate change that the Conservatives refuse to expose publicly: The CPC, he says, is “holding on to reports.”
Heuser goes on to state that scientists are being fired and scientific libraries are being shut down – all evidenced from his work at the Pembina Institute that put him in contact with people who worked in federal departments.
The New Democratic Party student meeting was clearly in stark contrast to the Wildrose Party event last week, where several MPs and opposition leader Brian Jean attended, hoping to capture the youth vote.
It seems that, in contrast, the NDP are using these events to spread their unrealisitic and unfounded idealistic policies.
NDP candidates may speak with confidence, but fact checking goes a long way to proving them wrong.
READ Ezra Levant's bestselling books debunking environmentalist propaganda against the energy industry:
Groundswell: The Case for Fracking and Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada's Oil Sands
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