December 06, 2016

Tired of being “kicked while they’re down”, Albertans say “No” to Notley’s carbon tax

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The Rebel hosted a huge rally over the weekend where Albertans had the opportunity to send a message to the NDP to stop the carbon tax

Those who showed up are very concerned about the taxes and policy the NDP are bringing in that works directly against Albertans.

Carbon taxes, increased property taxes and corporate tax increases coupled with the unnecessary coal phase out and constant increases in spending just aren’t helping the situation in the province.

Almost 3,000 people showed up from all walks of life and we handed out almost 600 signs at the Legislature for people to take home so they could display their opposition to the tax.

There’s no telling what the extent of the devastation will be from the tax but there’s no doubt that it’s going to hit families hard despite the rebate the NDP are handing out which doesn’t factor in many of the added costs of groceries and services that will be passed on to consumers.

Watch my video to see the reaction of some of the folks in the crowd who have simply had enough of being ignored by the government.

The people of Alberta are frustrated. They’re tired of being kicked around by both the federal and provincial governments, especially after being the backbone of the Canadian economy for so long.

They feel they’ve given so much only to be kicked down by the people that were elected to make sure that they were being taken care of!

One thing was clear, the countdown to election time is on.

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commented 2016-12-08 04:02:32 -0500
Of course the people are going to be ignored. As far as leftists are concerned, the government knows best.
commented 2016-12-07 21:26:56 -0500
Thanks for that Glenn Craig. It gives us a lot to think about. Great information! Everybody should read it.
commented 2016-12-07 17:15:48 -0500

The following is a tract on political power and organizing.

This was written by Michigan State Representative David Hollister, and is distributed with the permission of his office:

David C. Hollister State Representative 57th District Michigan House of Representatives Lansing, MI 48909 Phone: (517) 373-0826

A booklet is available with graphics. Please give credit to Rep. Hollister in any reproduction of this information.

On Organizing — From The Kitchen of David C. Hollister
A Simple Recipe For Social Change




be there
be informed
be able to count
don’t be intimidated
don’t take “no” for an answer
follow through

A Definition:

“Organize” as defined by Webster means: to provide with an organic structure: systematize; to arrange; establish; institute; bring into being; to unify into a coordinated functioning whole."

This booklet seeks to expand this definition to a more practical level giving down-to-earth suggestions to individuals who want to become involved and who want to learn and practice the simple skills which are involved in organizing any group to achieve specific goals.

Two Popular Myths

You need large numbers to be effective: False.

Most groups revolve around a small core of individuals who have the trust of the larger group. The core group must learn how to build coalitions and be able to draw on larger numbers at the appropriate time. Don’t be discouraged if only a small group shows up to key meetings. The important thing is not to exclude anyone from the core group and to learn when and how to involve the less committed allies. For those people who miss meetings, keep them involved and up-to-date with phone calls and mailings. The smallness of a group becomes a liability only if it remains small and/or is unable to develop coalitions.

You must have special training to be able to organize a group: False.

Some of the most savvy and effective organizers are grassroots people who know the wishes of the community and can articulate them. The key to leadership is gaining and keeping the trust of the group, and this is accomplished by working with the group — not for them.

The Bottom Line: Your Credibility
To organize, you must identify and bring together a core group of individuals. The core group has basically two initial tasks: (1) To clearly develop a focus or set of goals; and (2) To decide how to expand the group to represent as many viewpoints as possible so that the group’s legitimacy and credibility cannot be challenged. The makeup of your group will, of course, help shape your goals: a group’s membership and its goals usually shift somewhat over time.


Before the group can develop a focus or a set of goals, it is important to state the assumptions the group might share. First, when dealing with institutions (government agencies, etc.), it is helpful to keep in mind the Peter Principle: Large organizations develop bureaucratic hierarchies or “pyramids of power.” People are often promoted to positions of power beyond their level of competence. In other words, just because they have impressive-sounding titles, don’t assume they know what theyare talking about! (The Peter Principle, by Lawrence J. Peter, W. Morrow Publishers, 1969)

Second, our society is organized into institutions which are initially set up to achieve some special social goals. It is always a smart strategy to accept at face value the stated goal of each institution as a legitimate ideal you can embrace, if that goal is consistent with the social change your group wants to achieve.

The key to your success in changing the real policies and practices of that institution depends on how effectively you can demonstrate the institution’s failure to meet its own stated goal, thereby destroying its legitimacy. You then can demonstrate how your group can do the job more effectively and, hopefully, at a lower cost.

Legitimacy and Those Who Have It Are the Keys to Change
Once you have effectively exposed the institution for its inability to achieve its own stated goals, the institution has basically two alternatives: (1) To make changes to achieve the goal, or (2) To become defensive and attack your group.

Most institutions will initially change, especially if it is initiated from within. If they do begin to change, be on guard. Your group could be co-opted or sandbagged when a policymaker gives a superficial lip service to your suggestion but has no intention of implementing the policy or change. Your group, thinking they have won, will become diffused and apathetic — losing interest even though the critical work of implementing the change will require continued oversight and pressure. Quick success is almost always fatal to a community group!

If the institution reacts defensively and begins to attack your group, it means you have hit a sensitive point and are on the right track. You can be sure you have become a threat when the institution begins to challenge your group’s credibility. You must expect this kind of attack and not become defensive. You can judge the merit of your recommended change by the intensity of the institutional attack. The more defensive and hostile their response to you and your group, the more on target you are. You should move ahead aggressively.

Two Kinds of Commitment
It is always important to remember that there are two levels of involvement and commitment to any movement for change. On one level is the emotional commitment — the feeling that something is wrong and the willingness to do something to change it. There is also the intellectual level personified by a well-read, knowledgeable, thoughtful individual. A group needs both levels of commitment to be effective.

Those with the emotional commitment are the traditional activists. They are highly motivated and are anxious “to get involved” to try to change conditions. They normally have little historical perspective and are unable to articulate the group goals. They are often, but not always, hot heads and can be an embarrassment to your group. They are important to your group, but must learn to subordinate their own interests to those of the larger group.
The intellectual level requires individuals who understand the historical significance of the change being advocated. These people have a sophisticated understanding of the interrelationships, the nuances and the subtleties of the situation. Unfortunately, many intellectuals are unable to translate the thought into action and, therefore, are not helpful to a group.
The ideal group leader has both an emotional and intellectual commitment (i.e., Martin Luther King, Jr. and Caesar Chavez) and can harness the energy of the emotions and the thoughtfulness of the intellect to give direction to a group. Unfortunately, few groups have such unique individuals as leaders. It is, therefore, the leader’s task to be sure that both the emotional and intellectual commitment is present in the group. An overreliance on either will lead to a poorly thought out strategy and subsequent clumsy attempts at change or what may be called “paralysis by analysis” — all thought and no action. Either result can be disastrous and counterproductive because it makes future attempts to organize much more difficult.

Forms of Power
Now that you have identified a core group, goals and others who share your interest, it is time to consider what kinds of power you and your group can bring to the coming struggle.

It is important to recognize that when you advocate change, you take on special interests that will be threatened by any change. Usually the special interest groups have a great deal of influence, often by default, because they possess an abundance of a few types of power: money, knowledge and personal relationships with the policymakers.

Special interest groups are not necessarily sinister in their use of power. They use money to contribute to policymaker’s campaigns, to hire lobbyists, to wine-and-dine and to develop detailed materials to document their particular need(s). Special interests can and do play an important role in policymaking. Community groups can learn a great deal from observing how they utilize power to affect public policy.

Community groups do not have the money to compete with special interests; therefore, they must seek to use other kinds of power. A core group of organizers must learn to mobilize other types of power.

Numbers Are Power: Policymakers (city council people, legislators) are very concerned about large numbers of voters, especially if they are upset. It is important that you identify other groups that agree with your goals who will show up to a meeting to demonstrate your large numbers. Numbers give you additional legitimacy and credibility. Policymakers have radar which continually assesses the impact of what they are doing or plan to do.
They are extremely sensitive to organized groups. The larger and more diverse your group, the more likely that it will be taken seriously. Seek ways to expand your group. The group, however, must have well-established goals and strategies or it will become divided and ineffective.

Coalitions Are Power: Although your group might be small, you probably can find others who share your concerns. Expanding the numbers of a group involves building coalitions; coalitions involve bringing together diverse groups to work toward a common goal. It’s important to identify the goals because there will be areas where the various coalition members disagree. The group must learn to agree on the goals and agree to disagree on the areas of difference.

Unity Is Power: A large, diverse group presenting a unified position before a city council or a legislative committee has power. Be careful. Choose wisely the person who speaks for your coalition in public meetings. If the spokesperson gets excited, exaggerates a point or gives misinformation, a smart policymaker will seize upon the occasion to destroy the credibility of all of the information and may discredit the entire group as well. Should the group seek to defend the misstatement, it risks its own credibility. However, if the group disassociates itself from the spokesperson or information presented, the group may become divided and ineffective. Do not let this happen! Unity is essential to maintain your legitimacy and credibility.

Positions Are Power: It is important to bring to your group people who hold important, credible positions in your community. Bankers, educators, business people, community leaders and clergy give your group legitimacy. Try to involve them in your group.

Knowledge Is Power: Two kinds of knowledge are essential to effect public policy.

First, you must be knowledgeable about the process of decision- making. Each public body has rules and policies which describe how decisions are made. Get the rules. Learn them. Remember there are also informal rules. Get to know those, too. Then monitor the meetings and impact the decisions at the appropriate time.

Second, you must be knowledgeable of the issue you represent. Study and know the issue. Do not exaggerate or misrepresent the facts. Develop good information. Policymakers will learn to trust you and eventually will depend on you for facts.

Relationships Are Power: It is always helpful to know the city councilperson or county commissioner personally. Don’t be afraid to help on a campaign or volunteer to work in a policymaker’s office. You will develop a personal relationship with the policymaker which will give you access and credibility. You should get to know key policymakers to such a degree that you feel comfortable calling them or visiting their offices. You will know that you have power and influence with policymakers when they return your phone calls.
It is helpful to know that each policymaker has a hidden advisor — some trusted friend or associate who meets regularly with the policymaker who has an inordinate amount of influence on the policymaker’s thinking and judgment. You can save yourself and your group a lot of trouble if you get to know that hidden advisor, working to gain this person’s trust. This person can do more for your group over a cup of coffee than you and your group can do in months of organizing. The hidden advisor must feel comfortable with you and perceive your group as a broadly based coalition of knowledgeable people who can impact the process if necessary. Hidden advisors can become important allies and key parts of your strategy. Get to know them.

Voting Is Power: Elected policymakers listen to voters. Be sure you are registered and vote. Be sure that all of your coalition members are voters and willing to vote as a block.

Use Of The Media Is Power: Policymakers dislike bad publicity. You must learn how to develop literature, talk to the press, go on radio, and speak before cameras so you can get your message across. Policymakers will go out of their way to avoid bad press if they can, so don’t be afraid to use the media.

Money Is Power: Although most citizens’ groups are at a monetary disadvantage, they must have some funds to develop materials, pay for mailings and keep other members of the coalition informed. You will not be able to compete financially with special interests, but if you have the other elements of power, you can overcome the power of money. No group, however, can function without some funds!
These nine elements of power, if used in combination, will more than offset the special interest groups. No smart public officials will disregard the wishes of a large, unified coalition of knowledgeable voters who have expressed a specific interest to them. The power of money usually will dwindle as the organized community group becomes more knowledgeable, assertive and effective.
commented 2016-12-07 16:55:24 -0500
Ron – I hope so too! I’m really concerned about the WR now, because Brian Jean appears to be on the wrong side of the political fence. Until we get a party together that can kick the commies to the curb, I don’t know if we will see a change. A couple of draftsmen here have told me that they were delivering Chinese food to make ends meet, after being laid off in the fall of 2015. The activists are now running things, so we need to remove them from office. They weren’t elected by the people, so they shouldn’t be in our government. I hope you find work soon, though you may have to go south for work. At least the weather would be better!
commented 2016-12-07 15:57:50 -0500
I’m a pipeliner in Alberta so I know where you are coming from Deborah . I have cashed in all my savings just to survive this Mayhem and now am just barely surviving but believe with all my heart that we can end this insanity !
commented 2016-12-07 15:31:55 -0500
No problem Ron! I just wanted you to know that some of us knew better. I work in O&G and I am floored at how many so called professionals voted for the NDP. They bragged about it for quite sometime, but I don’t hear as much now. Maybe because I’ve tuned them out. Even a few in management voted to destroy our province, and their own industry. I also know of some of the new citizens to Canada, and a couple of older women here that told me straight out, that Harper must be guilty of something, or the MSM wouldn’t keep focused on Duffy. I felt like banging my head against the wall when I heard that. My response was, would you rather be billions in debt and have most of your pay cheque going to pay for the criminal liberals? Or find Harper guilty of trying to repay the $90K that Duffy wrongly claimed as expenses? They never had a response. I do wonder though, if Duffy was paid off, to keep the focus on Harper.
commented 2016-12-07 14:50:31 -0500
Having three thousand people show up at a rally in Calgary is a great start and impressive given that conservatives and moderates are “rookies” when it comes to activism. However , I subscribe to the political adage attributed to the late Tip O’Neill , Speaker of the House of Representatives who stated “all politics is local”.
Albertans have to become motivated in each and every riding of the Province. It doesn’t matter who voted for the NDP at this point. It matters more who voted against the NDP. To what degree are PC Alberta and WIld Rose Party members engaged in activating their base. Why wait until election time?
Some impact has to be made at the local level where the NDP are most vulnerable. People should be writing personal letters to their individual MLAs , in particular NDP members. In their own words they should advise the member that they are not acting in the best interests of the community or the province at large , that they do not have the confidence and support of the community so they should resign their seats immediately. And demand a written response as well as the Members attendance at local forums to answer for their actions in the Legislature which are destroying the economy of the Province.
Changing Notley’s mind and the parasites around her is impossible. But bothering, pestering and causing nuisance to the members in their own communities is an easily achievable goal.
commented 2016-12-07 14:21:53 -0500
Sorry Deborah , I know that a lot of people in all urban cities across our once great province did not vote for this Socialist scum , I guess informed voters such as yourself were just outnumbered in the city . But in my defence I was just going by the electoral maps after the election and they showed a lot of orange in the cities and hope people like you win your battle next election . Oh yeah I also said real Albertans did not vote for this waste of oxygen!
commented 2016-12-07 13:14:34 -0500
I’ve lived in Calgary for 40-years, and I never voted for these commies. So don’t paint all city dwellers with the same brush.
commented 2016-12-07 09:15:10 -0500
@shebel Raj I think you have your facts wrong Shebel , all true Albertans did not vote for this goverment . Most of the people that voted for this waste of good oxygen were people from other provinces that were here working because they couldn’t find work in they’re own provinces and the rest were from Edmonton and Calgary . Hard working people from outside the cities did not vote for this . Please get your facts straight. Oh yeah I almost forgot to ask people in Calgary how things are going for you now ! And the only people in Edmonton that voted for this insanity probably work for the government . I hope these facts help your future comments Shebel .
commented 2016-12-07 01:45:14 -0500
You got to take them down – even if it has to be all the way to the election the only way you can legally take skin off their back and vote them out so horrendously that the NDP will be obliterated in Alberta, lets’ face it they literally are Communists’! Working to take your quality of life away from you!

No doubt about it!
commented 2016-12-06 23:17:31 -0500
Notley is so proud of her accomplishments….cap & trade……carbon tax……..higher corporate taxes……higher taxes for high income earners……phasing out coal, never mind what it’s doing to Alberta, only what she wants is important to her. Fraser Institute have ranked Alberta 5th of all the provinces, no one wants to risk investing there, when they can stick their money in a stable US state instead. As others have stated “wake up people” for crying out loud, do you have to be bit on the butt to get some common sense?
commented 2016-12-06 22:36:10 -0500
T minus 890.
commented 2016-12-06 20:14:55 -0500
You should start each report with a countdown. Eg. 890 days until the end of this disaster
commented 2016-12-06 20:14:45 -0500
Carbon, the major component in CO2 and in our carbon based bodies, is the essence of life, for us for plants, for the soil and the atmosphere – carbon taxing is taxing life – we have reached a point where the ethical makeup of government thinking approximates that which Orwell portrayed in 1984 (somewhere a millennial says what’s that 1984? a new pop band?)
commented 2016-12-06 19:23:06 -0500
While apprehensive at first, I soon rejoiced at my employer moving me from Ontario to Alberta – nicer people and a lower cost of utilities and gas. Not to mention a far lower number of raving social justice warriors who want to dictate what I say and think…

Now the same crap is following me here courtesy of the loony NDP and their eco-stupidity.

Let me draw a tongue in cheek historical parallel here…

Getting screwed, 1889: “Lie back, close your eyes, and think of England…”
Getting screwed, 2016" “Bend over, close your eyes, and think of Justin and Gaia…”
commented 2016-12-06 19:10:10 -0500
Without Carbon, everything on this Planet would die, what right do Marxist Politicians have, to put a Tax on it.
commented 2016-12-06 18:05:45 -0500
listen to the people who work and pay taxes
commented 2016-12-06 17:54:10 -0500
We’re going the way of Ontario. Watch for thousands of bird grinders being forced on farmers while the manufacturers get rich. Leviticus I agree the Notley crew knows they have free reign to do whatever they want. The destruction will escalate but so will the rage.
commented 2016-12-06 17:16:13 -0500
And the increase in absolutely everything we buy, this so-called sales tax will be up to 8% easy. It is so cold, Extremely cold, our furnaces are running all the time, our lights are on from 4:30pm and no sun at all, I expect my January bills to be up by $300.00 per month or more. This is the most unconscienable thievery I have ever seen. Smack in the middle of winter, can’t believe anyone being so uncaring, lacking human dignity and compassion. What an evil government we have here in Alberta and ontariowe andottawack. How are we EVER GOING TO SURVIVE THIS CATASTROPHE
commented 2016-12-06 17:13:11 -0500
Now the NDP knows that we have no backing from any of the other official opposition political parties as we watch them ALL on TV fold up like a cheap suit.
Watch the NDP proceed with a certain boldness beyond anything that we have seen before.
Brad wall is the only premiere in Canada that stood up to the federal government and is keeping their coal fired generators while here in Alberta we are going to swing over to solar power and wind generated power to be a proven technology to not work on an industrial scale, as well as fighting tooth and nail against the federal and provincial carbon tax..!
I believe you were going to see a massive exodus from Alberta and manitoba and possibly even BC to Saskatchewan where they still have responsible administrations and adults in charge of the province.
You’ll see a spike in the real estate prices there as well as maintained levels of value for land and residential real estate. Saskatchewan will show us what responsible leadership can achieve while the rest of the provinces languish in their inability to find leadership.!
commented 2016-12-06 17:08:53 -0500
Allan – this is the first time I have heard of a sales tax and it mimics one, with 9 cents at the pump on January 1st, $1 dollar more per gigagoule
commented 2016-12-06 17:05:08 -0500
Ross, you said it right, we are mad and fed up and won’t take it anymore. What scares me, is the traiteress compliant ctv, global and cbc in Calgary and Edmonton. They are not pushing back at all with criticizing the evil ndpees, but are quite ok with putting us down and putting out lies about the recent rally in deadmonton. Even the Calgary Sun said only 1,000 showed up. My biggest disappointment again is brian jean, what a sellout he is. HE HAS GOT TO GO. SICK OF HIS APOLOGIES AND WE NEED DEREK FILDERBRAND IN CHARGE. EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED WITH JASON KENNEY, MCIVER, CHRIS ALEXANDER BUT ALSO THE WORST EVER IS THE TRAITERESS RONA AMBROSE. WHAT IS WRONG WITH HER CALLING US IDIOTS. I HAVE NEVER HAD MUCH FAITH IN HER AND NOW EVEN MORE THAN EVER.
commented 2016-12-06 17:03:47 -0500
I was at the rally in Edmonton; I have no idea what the CBC and other alt left are talking about when it comes to a 10-12 sec rant to when we were told this is a 3 percent provincial sale tax not a carbon tax by Premier Notley. It was a 2 hour rally, please ask the CBC to report honestly.
commented 2016-12-06 16:21:00 -0500
Holly, with respect to Albertans being tired of being “kicked while they’re down”, Howard Beale’s rant in the movie Network expresses how a lot of us (and particularly those at the Rally) feel, ’We’re mad as hell and w’e’re not going to take this anymore!’:
commented 2016-12-06 16:13:23 -0500
Listening to these people, they seem so reasonable , how did they get such an unreasonable government?