January 12, 2016

Why won't Notley write traditional ministerial mandate letters?

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

Rachel Notley isn't writing mandate letters for her ministers.

Mandate letters layout the responsibilities of the province's top politicians and the goals and expectations for their time in the portfolio. In normal years, that meant the energy minister may have a written explicit mandate of collaboration with other jurisdictions to get our resources to market. It's painfully obvious, Marg McCuaig-Boyd, the energy minister doesn’t have one of those.

Mandate letters are something that has been done by every Premier since Klein in Alberta.

Even federally, Trudeau has spelled out his ministers’ responsibilities in mandate letters.

Rachel Notley's spokesperson, Cheryl Oates, said the government feels they don’t need mandate letters because, “The priorities of the government are clearly outlined in the platform we put forward during the election; they’re clearly outlined, for example, in the throne speech we did and in the budget."

This rag tag bunch of baristas, social workers and professional activists make up the most inept and under-qualified government Alberta has ever had. We know many didn’t expect to be elected. If anyone is in need of direction and directives set out before them it's this accidental group of social justice warriors drunk on power. I mean let's be real. A lot of these accidental MLA's aren't that far removed from their mom leaving them a list of chores on the fridge so they can earn their allowance.

But this is Rachel Notley. She does this. She likes to shrug off tradition, often for no other good reason than because she can. And that’s a terrible way to govern. It's not the accountability and openness she promised us.


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commented 2016-01-15 03:43:49 -0500
Thanks Dieter… Having family in Alberta, “one can only wish and pray”…
commented 2016-01-14 22:19:11 -0500

I guess that’s the test for Notley: how many of her own MLAs can she alienate before the next election. We know that NDP MLAs from Calgary were, with one exception, pretty much shut out of the cabinet. And Calgary MLAs are not getting plum appointments to the committees. That means Notley, with a pool of talent already impaired, has diminished it that much further. We know that the NDP will lose that riding in Calgary, unless the PCs get really get their act together, and challenge the WR’s position there. And other byelections will come up, and I suspect that the NDP will lose a healthy portion of those as well. If they lose one in Edmonton, that’s just the last nail in Notley’s coffin and she will announce her retirement the following day.
commented 2016-01-14 11:46:52 -0500
And let’s not forget, that Notley must call a byelection in the Calgary-Greenway riding, due to the sudden death of PC MLA Bhullar, by May 2016. I can’t wait for the WR to take this seat too! And if she angers too many NDP MLA’s, they may just vote against her. When you vote against your constituents wishes on a regular basis, then they will get to reap what you sew. If you sew the wind, you will reap the whirlwind. A perfect storm is brewing, and it doesn’t fair well for our communist traitors to AB.
commented 2016-01-14 11:39:32 -0500
Dieter – commented
“Note that Deborah Drever recently returned to the NDP caucus from her exile for a social-media mishap. Notley was rather heavy-handed in her treatment of Drever, because she’s from Calgary. As everyone should see by now, Notley has a sociopathic hatred of anyone from Calgary, Southern Alberta, indeed anyone south of Edmonton. Drever’s return to caucus, when she was expected to be in exile for a year, occurred because Notley has already burned too many bridges among the southern MLAs in her caucus…few of them as there are. "

She is definitely out to destroy Calgary, and it’s apparent in her speech and her actions. She shows nothing but distain for those of us paying the bills in this province. I think she envies Calgarians, because so many are hard workers here. Don Braid’s Calgary Herald article of when Rachel gave a speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, said that the crowd “freeze-dried” her before she even gave her speech. I applauded our Calgary Chamber of Commerce for this cool welcome, to this communist traitor to AB. She had it coming! And much more is on the way for our star communist.
commented 2016-01-14 01:08:13 -0500

It’s not difficult to find dirt on people who never expected to find themselves in public office.

Case in point: in Bob Rae’s government, there were as many as five ministerial scandals before the first year was out. In one instance, the then Social Services Ministers authorized substantial increases for housing subsidies (close to 40%) as well and an enrichment of the allowances for pretty much everyone on welfare. The scandal emerged when it was found that the Minister owned a number of properties that would surely have benefited from her initiatives. Of course, she claimed everything was in a blind trust, but if she was trying to sell the story that she didn’t know she would have benefited from increases to the housing allowances she authorized. Of course, Rae didn’t act because he, like Notley, didn’t demand pre-written letters of resignation from his ministers. Rae had too many political favours to hand out among his caucus, so he effectively lost control of that caucus.

Notley is headed down that same road.

Note that Deborah Drever recently returned to the NDP caucus from her exile for a social-media mishap. Notley was rather heavy-handed in her treatment of Drever, because she’s from Calgary. As everyone should see by now, Notley has a sociopathic hatred of anyone from Calgary, Southern Alberta, indeed anyone south of Edmonton. Drever’s return to caucus, when she was expected to be in exile for a year, occurred because Notley has already burned too many bridges among the southern MLAs in her caucus…few of them as there are.

Notley has made lots of compromises, likely placing certain people in positions they shouldn’t be in, and turning a blind eye to the activities in the ministries. In time, it will become apparent that Notley is held hostage by partisan interests. She will do nothing to discipline her caucus – I suspect she’s already disconnected from her government already. Obviously, she has planned on a short tenure as premier, as will likely leave office before the next election. It is Notley’s growing disinterest that will cause behaviour that will encourage scandal. It is at that point that they will hang themselves.
commented 2016-01-14 00:20:40 -0500
And, Deborah… “Communist Hag” indeed… Where or where is that Alberta entrepreneur who will produce the first catcher’s mitt series called THE NOTLEY???….
commented 2016-01-14 00:15:05 -0500
Deborah… As an old and retired investigative reporter I can only say:- “Great, Great Idea!”… Start researching and cataloguing the backgrounds of all of these Notley Twits because today’s internet provides fertile ground for doing so… Some of us are more adept at doing so than others, but we can all contribute to the best of our ability… Hell; since they clearly have it in for us, don’t feel shy about going back and checking their high school year books!… They have no qualms about imposing a socialist agenda on Alberta; you should have no qualms about outing them…. And don’t forget to include the ranks of outsiders brought in by “Catcher’s Mitt Notley” to do her dirty work… Most of the Alberta news media evidently won’t do it, so we have to do it…
commented 2016-01-13 13:40:34 -0500
Dieter – I said in another post that we the public need to target each and every NDP MLA, and start digging up the dirt on these people, and inform the public. I’m sure the NDP are trying to keep these MLA’s pasts protected from the angry public, but this is exactly what the communists would do. Let’s expose those who need to be turfed from the public dime. Rachel is quite the destroyer, and that is what history will have to say about this communist hag.
commented 2016-01-13 13:20:06 -0500
There was a lot more to these letters than just defining the roles of the ministers. The letter also establishes that failure to follow through we the responsibilities outlined in the letter is grounds for immediate and unconditional dismissal of ministerial duties.

It’s a practise that goes back a long way, and every PM and provincial premier has done it. Even JT knows he is obligated to do it to assure that a troublesome minister is thrown out fast.

Notley didn’t do this because she has no intention of firing any minister, no matter how incompetent. Already a dozen heads should have rolled, but none have.

All the more reason to prepare to drive Notley from office.
commented 2016-01-13 11:47:55 -0500
Unfortunately, she will run in the next election on someone else’s money. Too bad.
commented 2016-01-13 11:35:57 -0500
Rachel and her clowns will still be held accountable, no matter how she tries to avoid accountability. She can run, but she won’t be able to hide. Every day we get closer to taking out the NDP trash!
commented 2016-01-13 11:30:03 -0500
Pretty sure it is intentional, no orders, nothing to get caught at, no direction, no blame. As for the premier’s spokesperson, that statement about stating their objectives, policies, etc, were all stated in the election platform and so called budget. Funny, I never heard anything about Bill 6 in either. Now, why would we believe anything they have to say, unless it includes increased/new taxes or punting/kicking the energy sector when it is down?
commented 2016-01-13 11:07:04 -0500
With nothing on paper, she can escape responsibility, when her gang finally crumbles. Good leadership?
commented 2016-01-13 11:01:29 -0500
Shelia, I love your great new label “accidental social justice warriors”. Mind if I use it?
commented 2016-01-13 10:19:03 -0500
The lack of mandate letters is probably because those receiving them would probably not be able to understand them. Further, and even more probable, is that Rachel Notley does not have the competence or intelligence to be able to right appropriate mandate letters especially since she has to realize that those receiving them would be even more incompetent and lacking in intelligence than she is! And that is getting pretty low in the incompetence and intelligence scales.

commented 2016-01-13 10:18:10 -0500
Puppets don’t get mandates, they get orders – from a boss, not a leader.
commented 2016-01-13 09:09:36 -0500
Notley and her union clowns are about as bright as 2-watt light bulb. No rules for our government, then there are no rules for the public either. Game on!
commented 2016-01-13 07:11:50 -0500
Yannie aka Gordo Steele hasn’t used his real name to comment in several years because of the absurdities he puts into his many ridiculous letters to editors; he is quickly outed. Problem is, regardless of which ever of his many aliases he uses in many papers, he is so transparent and mentally challenged, it shines through.
commented 2016-01-13 04:23:50 -0500
WTF!!!…..Yannie makes a sensible comment. WOW!
Now quit hiding behind a fake name.
commented 2016-01-13 00:06:55 -0500
Without clarifying specifically “the responsibilities of the province’s top politicians and the goals and expectations for the time in their portfolio” it is almost if not completely impossible to hold them accountable, and as a result the people of Alberta will have effectively lost total control over their Provincial Government, including Provincial resources. — Basic Management 101, which the Alberta NDP Gang apparently have no experience in, nor desire to use.
commented 2016-01-12 21:38:03 -0500
This is a bad move by the NDP, if they have objectives to fulfill and they don’t reinforce them with these letters, it will come back to haunt them.
commented 2016-01-12 21:01:53 -0500
Calling these people “Ministers” is a stretch. They are nothing but party hacks, ap·pa·rat·chiks , all dutifully bound to the central committee , central command ,run by Notley and her union hubby. Ontario is a disaster, Alberta fast following and the entire country soon to be a third world basket case. And by the way, at eight bucks a head, don’t expect a cheap bowl of cauliflower soup in the near future.
commented 2016-01-12 20:56:13 -0500
The bitch an her winged monkeys are drunk with power.