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The premise of this column by @sarkonakj is false because she got a critical underpinning fact wrong. 1 #ableg
Jamie Sarkonak: Alberta's law society usurps public by going after Tyler Shandro… via @nationalpost
@sarkonakj claims "a few doctors are trying to depose (now former) United Conservative Party provincial cabinet minister Tyler Shandro, who is a lawyer, by complaining to his professional regulator."
Except, the complainant was not a doctor nor was any witness at the hearing. 2
Furthermore, the doctors and Janice Fraser were legally compelled to testify by the @LawSocietyofAB, which independently decided to pursue the allegations against Shandro. So the people she false accuses of being complainants clearly didn't wish to "depose" Shandro 3
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The arguments for dropping mask mandates in hospitals are insane. The lack of logical reasoning & critical thinking is both astonishing & frightening. This is madness that will literally lead to continued mass disabling from #CovidIsNotOver & other airborne diseases. #AHS #Ableg
Covid causes brain damage. Repeat infections worsen the risk of long term harm.
#CovidIsAirborne #CovidIsNotOver
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For the first time in Alberta's history, there will be 3 elected Indigenous MLA's heading to the Alberta Leg at the same time, they are Brook Arcand-Paul @sipiysis, @jodi_stonehouse & #ScottSinclair. They all handily won there seats in the recent election. #ableg #abpoli #cdnpoli Image
2/ NDP Arcand-Paul, NDP Stonehouse and UCP Sinclair all hadily won their seats. Previous to their election, records show there were ever only 3 Indigenous people previously elected in Alberta. Indigenous people now make up 3.5% of all seats and 6.8% of Alberta's total population.
3/ Their were 3 total previous Indigenous MLAs prior to this election. Including Cabinet Minister Pearl Calahasen elected 1989-2015. She was the first Indigenous (Metis) elected to the Alberta Legislature. She was also the longest serving MLA for Alberta. #abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli Image
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This clip is making the rounds and has prompted the attached statement.

We’re not going to link to what appears to be the source, because the context and comments are appalling.

That being said…


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This is a deeply polarized and emotional issue for many, and while the nitpickers are out in full force, one thing that this teacher said is extremely important.

“It goes two ways. If you want to be respected for who you are, if you don’t want to suffer prejudice for your……
This is a cornerstone of not only the ideals of Canadian society, but also any civil society.

Acknowledging and respecting the mosaic that Canada aspires to be is a key component in making that mosaic function.

Canada has ideals that we aspire to.

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Some people have the impression that the UCP won an 11-seat majority. Numerically, it's true - the UCP got 49 seats, the NDP 38. So, 11 more seats.
#ableg #abpoli #cdnpoli #abvotes #yyc #Yeg
But that's not a legislative majority. The house has 87 seats, Support from 44 MLAs is necessary to win a vote. The UCP has 49 seats; a legislative majority of five votes. Previous low for any government was 13 for the NDP in 2015. #ableg #abpoli #cdnpoli #abvotes #yyc #Yeg
And the five-seat majority is weaker than it looks. A speaker must be elected. The speaker is nominally impartial but can vote to break a tie. One MLA, Jennifer Johnson, will sit as an independent. #ableg #abpoli #cdnpoli #abvotes #yyc #Yeg
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I don't want us to be the benchmark in Canada anymore for other provinces to say, "At least we're not Alberta." I don't want to wake up every morning with a knot in my gut worrying about what unhinged decisions the UCP will make that day as they chase /1
their fever dream of being a US red state. I don't want to cringe every time Danielle Smith opens her mouth because she is either uninformed, misinformed, or saying things that show a lack of judgment and critical thinking skills. /2
I am sick of extremism in Alberta. I am tired of extremists feeling at home here. I am tired of people like Theo Fleury & Jamie Sale thinking AB is the perfect place to spew lies from. There is such a long list of extremist bad actors that flourish in AB./3
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I predicted an NDP win two weeks ago, and I'm standing by that prediction. These are my five reasons why NDP will form government tomorrow, and why the pollsters STILL have it wrong. #ableg #abpoli #abelxn23
1. Moderate conservatives in Calgary will choose Notley over Smith. These voters want low taxes, well-run services, and they don't tolerate nonsense. Rachel offers this, Smith doesn't. This thread explains why they will deliver Calgary for the NDP:
2. Vote inefficiency means that if UCP only wins the popular vote by 2%, as pollsters predict, NDP wins the election. If UCP only gets 50% provincially, they're down to 45% or less in Calgary, and lose all but the deep south. They need at least a draw in Calgary to win.
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Gather around friends, it's time for my official Alberta Election 2023 prediction. Based on very little knowledge and a solid record of calling things wrong, here's what's going to happen tomorrow and the future🧵

#ableg #abpoli
The UCP and NDP will each have 43 MLAs elected, with the 87th seat going to Jennifer Johnson, who will represent Lacombe-Ponoka.

That's right, the lady that called children "feces" in the cookie dough of our schools will have her vote up for sale. And it won't come cheap.
Take Back Alberta (TBA) will suddenly, by proxy, find themselves holding the balance of power and will waste no time setting in motion all their insane demands. Secession! Annexing land to get pipelines to water! Freedom! The expelling of all queer folks from Alberta!
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Final thoughts on our @abacusdataca polling for #ableg #abvotes #abpoli:

The NDP had to do something very difficult in this election. It had to convince a lot of Albertans to vote NDP for the first time in their lives. They had to get them to go against their identities and……
Coming into this election, Danielle Smith was very much the focus of people’s attention. Her favourables were lower than Rachel Notley’s. Many past UCP voters were repelled by her, thought she was worse than Jason Kenney as Premier, and felt she was a risky prospect. It looked……
In the end, the structural advantages of a united conservative electorate t in Alberta meant the UCP was always the favourites to win the election. The NDP needed to center the election around healthcare, convince voters they had economic credibility, and persuade individuals…… Image
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2023 #abvotes Prediction:

Some explanations first. There are 22 ridings “in-play”. 15 in Calgary and 7 elsewhere.

For safe ridings, UCP leads 37-28.
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With decent confidence, I feel NDP will take Slave Lake, Banff-Kan, Sherwood Park, Strathcona-SP, Lethbridge East, Morinville-StA and 6 more in Calgary. UCP takes FtSk-Veg and 3 more in Calgary.

This brings us down to a virtual tie and 6 tight Cgy seats up for grabs.
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To call the next 6, I assumed the UCP are up by 3 in Calgary. I looked at 2019 results plus Abacus data on vote retention from 2019.

Here’s the thing. All of these ridings had strong Alberta Party support in 2019. With ABP vote collapsing, I see all 6 being close, but going NDP
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"They intend for this privatization to happen with, and this part is important, absolute irreversibility, so that no future government of any kind can try to Humpty Dumpty the scorched earth private rubble they’ve left behind back into a functioning universal health care system"
"To sell the public her poison pill for AHS, Danielle Smith already knows she has to change the public conversation on health care. A central element of this public relations war will rely on using Back to Basics or No Frills language around health care provision"
"Once you establish the premise that the UCP actually support everyone getting health care, just not more health care than they need (or deserve), it becomes easier to vilify people with a greater need for health care as parasites"
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The dangers of reporting too quickly late at night after a long campaign. Result - errors in what I reported and tweeted last night about vote count. #ableg #abpoli #cdnpoli #abvotes #yyc #yeg
So I’ve revised the column online - again.…
First, the scanners at advance polls DO count votes. They are not connected to the internet. Each local returning officer communicates the riding-by-riding votes from each machine to Elections Alberta. #ableg #abpoli #cdnpoli #abvotes #yyc #yeg
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And now the 🧵 of 🧵s (Mega 🧵Parts 1-5). If you can make it through all of these threads and still vote UCP, I don't know what to say. Go out and vote like the future of Alberta is dependent on it because indeed it is. #Ableg #Abpoli #VoteNDP #FiretheUCP
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Mega 🧵Part 5: This thread serves as a reminder of some of the opportunistic ideologues that aligned themselves under the UCP banner & their disastrous, often embarrassing actions over the past 4 years. Many of these dud MLAs are seeking re-election. #Ableg #Abpoli 1/x Image
This is Devin “Shields Up” Dreeshen. This spoiled privileged brat treated the Legislature like a frat party ultimately resigning his cabinet post after allegations of harassment & drunken binges. Reinstated by Smith as she though he was ministerial material. #Ableg #Abpoli ImageImage
BTW did he get away with travelling during Covid restrictions? Did the Kenney and the UCP cover for him while others took the fall? Doesn't look like St. Barts to me at all. #Ableg #Abpoli Image
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Thanks to everyone sharing my threads about the outrageously inaccurate #abelxn23 polling. I hope post-election there will be a serious discussion about polling practices, influence, and ethics. This thread discusses the legal requirements for polls. #ableg #abpoli Image
The Alberta Elections Act sets out a general requirement for election surveys in section 135. Pollsters must register with the Chief Electoral Officer, but there's no certification. Anyone can call themselves a pollster regardless of their affiliation or qualifications. ImageImage
There are some general disclosure requirements, including who commissioned the poll and some basic details, but methodology is up to the pollster. There is no set standard. ImageImage
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This is very encouraging. Notley is going to Calgary South-East and Calgary-Lougheed, districts UCP won by 61/19 and 66/25 in 2019. Leaders don't spend the final days of races in districts they don't think they can win. If South Calgary is in play, UCP is toast. #ableg #abelxn23
This thread explains why the pollsters have completely underestimated the magnitude of the shift that has occurred in #yyc. #ableg #abpoli #abelxn23
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This one deserves a caption contest. Go! #ableg #abpoli Image
“In due course, Grasshopper”.
“So if someone disagrees with you, go stand in their driveway and yell at them”
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And... Stephen Harper throws his support directly behind Danielle Smith and UCP. #Yeg #yyc #ableg
So, that's Harper and Poilievre in Danielle Smith's camp, along with former PC cabinet minister Ted Morton.

For the NDP, endorsements come from many former Progressive Conservatives, ranging from Thomas Lukaszuk and Doug Griffiths to peeps from Peter Lougheed's inner circle
And in a shocking twist that rivals Harper's endorsement of Smith, former Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi is endorsing the NDP. Image
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As a woman, I am not interested in the party which put an older white man overseeing Status of Women.
As a mother, I am not interested in a party who cut essential supports for kids with disabilities, created a horrific curriculum, danced in the fountain due to GSA rules.../1
And attacked #ABDoctors so many left AB leaving many people without needed doctors.
A party which cited masks as the source of the #StudentMentalHealthCrisis yet ignore that students remain in crisis even though masks were removed.../2
I'm not interested in a party willing to continue to fund an internationally embarrassing war room chasing Netflix's Bigfoot yet REFUSE to adequately fund #WomensShelters even knowing 11k women *let alone their kids* were turned away in AB in 2022 alone due to lack of funding..3
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We are down to the last few days of the election and I will end my series on Family Medicine with these graphics from @Albertadoctors

How bad is the state of Family Medicine in #Alberta compared to the early days of the UCP?

Well, read on:

The number of Family Doctors accepting new patients overall in AB has dropped from 887 to 209, with the South Zone taking a near obliteration.

(I actually think this is an overestimation for all zones because many of these are walk in or niche docs only)

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Compared to the populations they serve, this is a dramatic loss and explains why you can't find a Family Doctor if you lose yours...


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Alberta NDP announce the Save Albertans Money Act would be their Bill 1, targeting utilities, insurance, tuition etc.

They would also repeal the Sovereignty Act with Bill 2, and protect the Canada Pension Plan with Bill 3.

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Here are the specifics of the NDP's proposed Bill 1 that addresses their plans to deal with affordability issues. #yeg #yyc #ableg Image
Here are the specifics about the NDP's proposed Bills 2 and 3 (along with more talking points on health care and education.) Image
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Excellent work privatizing retail food services at The Stollery, #AHS. I mean it’s perfectly okay that we can’t get actual meals here anymore when we attend for Kikki Jr’s monthly treatments.

WITAF?! #ableg

It’s not only staff who rely on food services. It’s families who have no other options when we are here all day for treatment. Can’t leave hospital, can’t find decent food options to eat here, can’t bring our own food in.

This is what privatization looks like. #ableg

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Added bonus: the “snack bar” doesn’t open until 10:30 am, no longer serves breakfast. The healthier options have disappeared. In a HOSPITAL.

This isn’t “good fiscal management”. This is screwing over frontline HC workers, patients & families all for the almighty $.

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You have to wonder…

Given the sad trombone that was Artur’s press conference/sermon today, does Smith appreciate how much of a nothing burger the “optics” of Artur’s condemnation in January would have been if she had never made the call?

#abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli

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On a separate but somewhat related note, is anyone else struck by how sad it is for a person to be worried about the approval of someone like Artur?

For most, his condemnation would be a Medal of Honor…

But here’s the scary part…

Alberta had a premier who is so desperate for approval that she broke the law to try and avoid Artur’s condemnation and was willing to interfere in the administration of justice.

That’s how vulnerable the province of Alberta is and was.

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We need to talk about Bonnie maybe.

Bonnie is allegedly the "volunteer" who posted this fun little statement about Jennifer "Trans kids are like feces" Johnson last night.


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Now that post was very quickly deleted and this was posted after.

Which is, in all honesty, a pretty bold choice.

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And then this morning, that post was deleted and this was posted in it's place...

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