In the coming months, local focus will be on the provincial political scene with the Progressive Conservative leadership race heating up. Add that to other reasons such as the mounting list of negative consequences which are the result of electing a ‘in-way-over-their-heads’ group of ideologues into office, and you can understandably anticipate an upswing in Alberta political coverage.
In the midst of this, we can’t ignore what’s happening on the federal scene. Historically, that has been a factor in provincial decisions and policy direction, and considering the current party holding power in Ottawa, it is absolutely vital that we pay attention.
Simply put, it’s worrisome.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government has settled into place and has started to act. Or, so rumor has it. In spite of catchy sound-bites and the odd round-table discussion on some news show, they really haven’t done much by way of headline-grabbing legislation. For that, I suppose, we should be thankful.
Considering some of the media appearances made by certain Liberal M.P.s, the more we see our ‘leaders’, the more frightened we should be. From the MSM love affair with Justin to government Minister Chrystia Freeland exposing her complete lack of knowledge on the international stage to the point of minor national embarrassment to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna being pranked on Twitter, when these people decide to start working for their living we could all suffer.
Am I the only one to notice that each terror threat in Canada is followed by Immigration Minister John McCallum calling for more refugees?
Perhaps the biggest concern right now can be found in the polls. Since taking over from Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, the federal Liberals have actually enjoyed a slight upswing in approval numbers. The perfect storm of a seemingly directionless Conservative party and an MIA NDP, plus the media’s endless obsession with Prime Minister Mimbo can explain this.
As one could anticipate, the further you are from Alberta, the higher his approval.
Like father, like son.
This segues to one of many imminent dangers to the province: a nationally-enforced Carbon Tax ....er, carbon price plan on the provinces. Wrapped in the well-worn cloak of environmentalism, this fave of the international progressive left truly is little more than a reworked National Energy Program.
Like his father’s national unity-damaging NEP, a carbon tax will be sold to the public as a ‘common good’ policy. No matter the title or stated intentions, the results could be very familiar to long-time Albertans.
It’s just another Eastern Canadian vilification of Alberta’s energy industry for the sole purpose of appearing morally superior, all the while reaping the financial benefits of Canada’s oil capital.
Those of us who remember early-‘80’s Alberta know this story well.
When deciding where throw my support – and mark my ballot – provincially, the imminent danger posed by the federal government will be as large a consideration as the mistake of giving the provincial captain’s chair to a group of brainwashed socialists.