March 18, 2016

Calgary-Greenway debate leaves NDP’s Roop Rai feeling “attacked” -- Here’s why she shouldn’t be surprised

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The All Candidates Debate for Calgary-Greenway occurred over the weekend, with hopefuls from the Green, Liberal, NDP, PC and Wildrose parties, along with independent candidate Larry Heather in attendance.  

It was a packed house and the debate was less than uneventful with the crowd booing NDP candidate Roop Rai when she called the carbon tax a “levy” and suggested it was needed in order to sell our oil and gas products to the global market. She also made a comment about successful job creation plans and that the NDP are working hard to give small businesses a boost.

Rai obviously didn’t get the memo that the carbon tax is actually driving business away from Alberta and away from the nation. Alex Ferguson, Vice President at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers echoed that sentiment and stated that expediting the approval of pipelines would improve investor confidence.

And the candidate also didn’t mention that the NDP’s $178 million job creation plan didn’t create a single full time job and has been cancelled. Amber Ruddy from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business also says that program won’t help small businesses, but tax cuts will.

I tried to catch up with Roop Rai after the debate and give her a chance to clear up some of her misconceptions, but she told me she had some personal matters to attend to.

In her closing statement, the candidate said she felt she had been attacked throughout the afternoon, which isn’t surprising since not one of the NDP’s policies has worked for Albertan’s – and people want answers.

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commented 2016-03-21 00:10:59 -0400
If you were to put into a room people with the same business experience and acumen as the NDP you’d have a room full of babysitters and Kijiji sellers. This woman ’s perspective on business is no different.
commented 2016-03-19 13:18:48 -0400
How can this clueless woman sit there and say the impediment to selling our resources is the lack of a price on carbon? The only impediment is the lack of a tidewater port to actually get them to market and she and her ilk in all the leftist parties insist on blocking any initiative to achieve that goal.
commented 2016-03-19 02:48:56 -0400
Hi Holly. Keep up the great coverage. Governments need to know that not everybody welcomes the carbon tax with arms wide open.
commented 2016-03-18 22:56:34 -0400
Lloyd – I was thinking the same thing!
commented 2016-03-18 22:49:13 -0400
Poop says we need the tax or no one will buy our oil. Can she name another district that has to do that? I couldn’t imagine if my boss told me to say that, that I’d do so without first going – well, hold on boss, that isn’t true. Saudi’s don’t, Venezuela doesn’t, Russians don’t. How come we have to?
commented 2016-03-18 22:47:38 -0400
And who are those other two lovelies on either side—-aren’t they something else .
What’s happening—- no really.
commented 2016-03-18 22:45:51 -0400
Deborah. I’m inclined to agree! Trudeau had clearly never even read the Charter since he actually thought abortion was a “right”. My God! How pathetic are Cdn’s when they’ll elect a CEO that hasn’t read the corporate financials (so to speak).
commented 2016-03-18 22:07:18 -0400
We should really revamp the way candidates are chosen for these government positions. It seems that any Tom, Dick or Harry can run, and yet most don’t possess any skills required for the position. It seems the only requirement, is that they are breathing. Why are we handing out government positions to those who haven’t a clue how to lead? Or have no common sense, or the ability to connect with the public, to represent them as they were elected to do.
commented 2016-03-18 21:54:42 -0400
If that was an attack I would like to know where she has been living for the past few months?

Another idiot – and a politically correct pick as well when I see who she is.

More work from the feminazis social justice thugs.
commented 2016-03-18 20:40:44 -0400
Hey Roop the people are saying what matters to them , they are not your Serfs like you think.
When you play badminton do you get upset if the other player hits the birdie back to your side?
commented 2016-03-18 19:16:32 -0400
Cry “victim” – the last refuge of sleaze baggery.
commented 2016-03-18 18:27:45 -0400
If she feels like being attacked now just wait until the next (provincial) election, she will wish she had never heard of NDP or politics… like I have said before the whole Nutley crew should be tarred and feathered..
commented 2016-03-18 18:23:42 -0400
NDP government….. INEPTOCRACY
(in-ep-toc-ra-cy) a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the members of society that are least likely to succeed and are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers…
commented 2016-03-18 18:02:26 -0400
I can’t grasp that Albertans would ever vote NDP.
commented 2016-03-18 17:58:38 -0400
Someone needs to ask them about this. Why are we shutting down the cheapest most reliable electricity in the world, while other countries are building new coal fired power plants.

Japan Plans to meet Paris Commitments, by Building Coal Plants

Around 40 new coal power plants are planned up to 2030, according to the Global Coal Plant Tracker.
commented 2016-03-18 17:49:47 -0400
Cut the victim and political correctness BS because it’s coming to an end!
commented 2016-03-18 17:45:15 -0400
Vacuous …. thy nane is Rai.
commented 2016-03-18 17:32:16 -0400
The word “attacked” came right out of the NDP play book for victims. She thought that this was going to be a cake walk, but Rachel neglected to tell her that it would be more like walking a tight rope, over a den of lions!
commented 2016-03-18 17:23:06 -0400
Typical NDP pull the victim card, whats next she was bullied ill bet, Don’t even bother running if you cannot stand the heat. Get out now. Her comment about the carbon TAX helping sell oil and gas WELL GUESS WHAT IT HAS NOT WORKED ONE BIT JUST MORE NDP BS.
commented 2016-03-18 17:17:32 -0400
Is she now going to cry ‘White, Western Canadian Privilege’ then head straight away to Alberta’s Human Rights Commission to file a complaint because someone hurt her feelings? Wait for it! Levy. I know all about them. A levy, not a tax, in Ontario (Thank you Dalton McGuinty) called the Health Tax. Oops someone did not get the memo when they put the name on that wallet sucker. And Ms. Whynne where is that money going (slush fund)? But, I digress. Levy, tax, special fees, whatever name you put on it it all means the same thing which is sucking money out of taxpayers’ pockets. The only levy I can tolerate is the one written about by Don McLean in American Pie (and I know the spelling is different so don’t bother to tell me about homonyms). And I wish the levy was dry.
commented 2016-03-18 16:58:37 -0400

1. Was she born in Canada? No, then don’t run and don’t vote for her.
2. Is she a university graduate? Yes, then she should not run since although she may be book smart, she will likely have very little common sense and even less work and life experience. As it has been said elsewhere, youth is wasted on the young.
3. Can she empathize with us common folk? Dustbin Justin was born with a golden spoon on his mouth and has very little in common with common folk. Oh, working as a bouncer probably exposed him to the filthy rich of society in the trendiest bar a long way from the local tavern but there would be few common folk there. He landed this job cause he was too stupid to push a broom and too lazy to deliver the local papers.
commented 2016-03-18 16:43:07 -0400
Well, it’s not as if the screechy little socialist isn’t backed up by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Here’s the link to its press releases:

Have a look. “Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan provides direction that will allow the oil and natural gas industry to grow, further enhance its environmental performance through technological innovation, and is expected to improve market access to allow Canadian oil to reach more markets, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) said today.”


“Future action on climate change by industry and governments rests on a strong foundation, and together we will build on it aggressively,” McMillan (CAPP president) said.

I mean, how can you win when the groveling turds who head up the industries you’re trying to help are siding with the their executioners? Seriously folks, an “outing” of the first magnitude is long overdue.

Call me when McMillan and the CAPP gets the guts to stand up for ordinary Canadians (including Albertans) and denounce all carbon taxes for what they are: climate change relief for Dummies.
commented 2016-03-18 16:38:35 -0400
Good. I’m glad a packed room full of people let her know what they think of NDP policy. I hope she quits, and takes her buddies with her.
commented 2016-03-18 16:33:41 -0400
I don’t go to meetings like that because I do not trust myself to not say what I really want to say, and it is not polite.
commented 2016-03-18 16:31:48 -0400
Maybe she should go to her “safe space” … and stay there.
commented 2016-03-18 16:29:56 -0400
She feels attacked because she’s got nowhere to run to. She kinda looks like a cute raccoon caught in a corner.
commented 2016-03-18 16:27:53 -0400
“Politics is a blood sport!” – Ralph Klein
commented 2016-03-18 16:20:13 -0400
You’re so right Deborah! She feels attacked? She just handle the truth. A common trait of the left.
commented 2016-03-18 16:18:24 -0400
Hopefully she will drop out of the race! NDP are clueless and they don’t know anything about business, only how to destroy it!
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