Rachel Notley is pushing back against Kevin O'Leary.
The Canadian billionaire offered to invest a million dollars into Alberta's struggling oilpatch if Notley would step down as premier.
We all know Rachel Notley won't step down. Her task of breaking down Alberta and building it back up her own way is far from over.
But what Rachel Notley said in response to O'Leary reveals a lot about her misplaced sense of entitlement. Notley said, "well you know, the last time a group of wealthy business men tried to tell Alberta how to vote I ended up becoming premier."
Notley is referring to news conference held by five Alberta business leaders last May where they warned about the dire consequences of voting NDP. In a press release, the business group said this: “We must think carefully before we choose a government that will cut to the bone, as we experienced in the 1980s, or a government that will spend more than we can afford.”
Rachel Notley should never bring up that news conference of business leaders ever again because, as it turns out, they were right. Those business people warned of looming job cuts, inflated spending, and a time as bad, if not worse than the darkest days of the National Energy Program. And here we are.
Notley's attitude here reveals that she clearly doesn’t understand how she got elected. Right after the election, an Abacus data poll showed that only 7% of people actually voted for the NDP policies. Most people, 93%, voted for change - not carbon taxes, bullying farmers and wild spending.
And right now, NDP approval ratings are headed for the ditch. A poll published in December showed the NDP now polling lower than the Wildrose party for the first time. And as the economy gets worse and as more predictions by the Alberta business community come true, that gap will continue to widen.
Rachel Notley shouldn’t be picking fights with people who have been consistently right about her and her far fetched ideas. She'd do well to listen to them.
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