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Today, Alberta's government will introduce a bill which significantly reduces the stringency of our actions on climate change, reduces the value of GHG-reducing innovations and places the burden of meeting our GHG reduction goals solely on our largest emitters. #cdnpoli #ableg
AB has, for as long as I've been here, argued that all GHG emissions matter, and that blaming the oil sands and other AB large emitters for Canada's GHG challenges is a wrong-headed approach. Today's speech from the throne will place that burden on the oil sands. #AbLeg #Cdnpoli
The Alberta that I've known for more than a decade would have stood up to an Ontario Premier who said the problem was (AB) polluters not commuters, and who looked at this graph and said, "I see where the problem is." Today, @jkenney will agree with a Premier saying that. #ableg
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Have to hand it to @ABDanielleSmith - she's packed an impressive amount of hyperbole, misinformation & dog-whistles into 714 words.

It's clear Premier Kenney's preparing for war against teachers, nurses & other public employees & calling in friends to soften them up 1st #ableg
Full disclosure - @JoelFrench, ED of @PIAlberta managed my 2015 campaign. I consider him a friend & we hang out sometimes. We inevitably talk politics & policy, agreeing on some things, disagreeing on others.

Joel's passionate about his values, but he's no ideologue. #ableg
Neither are the teachers, nurses, custodians, university staff & other public employees who step up for election as leaders in their unions. They take pride & passion in their work & their ability to provide for their families - just like workers in O&G & other fields. #ableg
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If I did a twitter thread series over the next few months detailing Alberta’s health information access request process & how empowered patients have legal rights ensuring their health information is used properly - would anyone be interested in following along?
#ableg #abhealth
Like, Did you know you can send AHS a Health Information Access Request & they are legally obligated to send you an audit of health workers who looked at your electronic health records?

Do you ever wonder if people who don’t provide you healthcare snoop through your file?
Full disclosure, I worked at Alberta Health Services from Feb 2011 until May 2018. I worked as a Clerk III, a Unit Clerk, a Clerk V and a Patient Safety Analyst.

But of course, I was also a patient the entire time with my own electronic health records in multiple systems.
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"Parliament does have authority over a narrower POGG subject matter – the establishment of minimum national standards of price stringency for GHG emissions." #cdnpoli #ableg
SK Court: "The Act falls within the legislative authority of Parliament. It is not unconstitutional in whole or in part."
SK Court: "Canada contends it should be recognized, under the national concern branch, as having jurisdiction over “the cumulative dimensions of GHG emissions”. This approach must be rejected..."
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A couple of things worth knowing in advance of SK carbon reference ruling tomorrow. #climate #cdnpoli #ableg
1) The options available to the court are not as simple as "yes Ottawa can tax carbon emissions" or "no, Ottawa can't tax carbon". There are a bunch of combinations possible along a number of parameters:
a) "Industrial" price on reported emissions of large emitters vs. "consumer" point-of-sale price on fuels;
b) which head of power each of these can come under: POGG national concern vs. criminal vs. tax;
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1) As an ex-Albertan of 58 yrs and as a Canadian first, I am sick to death of the entitled privileged whining of journalists, Albertans, pundits & the rest of #cdnmedia from the richest province in Canada.

#abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli
2) Playing politics through the courts as Harper did with his unconstitutional laws cost Canadians millions of dollars.

Harper, like Kenney, are so blinded by their ideology & privilege, they forget that Canadians have a Charter of Rights and Freedoms.…
3) Industry won't go to court @DonBraid! They're smarter than those who traffic in tin-foil absurdities.

Krause's conspiracy (her 3rd) about blockading AB oil is a dead-man-walking. Harper lost that one: court ruled Charter Rights for Charities apply.…
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"Inside Jason Kenney's plan to kickstart Alberta's economy — and heal the province's divisions"

fascinating insight into Kenney's campaign approach and plans for AB.…

"It may seem eccentric to stake the farm on a massive corporate tax cut... but Kenney believed he had an ace up his sleeve: The party’s internal polling on the issue was absolutely off the charts."

it's worrisome that this decision was based on popular opinion more than wisdom.
"The new government will be working off a “Mountain West” strategy....
For all the attention paid to the pipeline file, the UCP is also focused on highly mobile companies, like tech and banking firms, that could move their headquarters without blinking an eye"

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Fear & Loathing in Alberta: the Big Fat Lie of Election 2019 THREAD #GentThreads #abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli #yeg #yyc
First of all, thank you Edmonton, for being the intellectual & moral hub of this entire province. The rest of us, evidently, were all too ready to elect to power a team already revealed as white supremacists, homophobes, misogynists, frauds, criminals & climate deniers /2 #abpoli
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You don't love Oil and Gas. You love making money. Tons of money. With very little training and Certification. If you could make $200,000 a year mining marshmallows, you'd mine marshmallows. #abpoli #cdnpoli
If you took this as some "anti-oilfield worker" sentiment then you are lacking a grasp of understanding. I am very pro-worker. I absolutely empathize with those struggling right now and I'm happy to contribute to any social costs to help them through.
My beef is with the Corporations that bridle the working people and their families with economic slavery; bringing them on to make unimaginable profits off of them and spitting them out at the first sign of instability.
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Just a quick #ableg rant: Danielle Smith is a right-wing radio host who recently had to apologize to her listeners for interviewing Caylan Ford for 45 minutes, but failing to press her on the white supremacist comments she made that led to her being dropped as a UCP candidate.
Today, Smith is in the Journal talking about Vivian Krause — a blogger who for a decade has pushed a bizarre conspiracy theory positing that the Rockefellers and other foreign billionaires are responsible for keeping Alberta’s oil land-locked.…
These billionaires, so the theory goes, fund groups like the David Suzuki Foundation and Leadnow to run campaigns to undermine the construction of pipelines in Canada, so that the Alberta resources must be sold to the US and not overseas.
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Yesterday, Alberta premier-designate Jason Kenney suggested that Canadian energy is produced "at the highest environmental, human rights and labour standards on Earth." #abpoli #ableg /1
He also said he wants Alberta to "fight back" against people who "lie about how we produce energy" and to "tell the truth assertively." /2
Then he said Ottawa plans to impose new laws that "will make it impossible to get pipelines approved in the future." /3
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It's election day. I'm not going to post a photo of my ballot (illegal), but I will share some of my thoughts. (thread) #ableg #ucp #abparty #abndp
If you are voting for a pipeline, please recall that the Federal government determines the pipeline outcome. I think it highly likely that a Kenney government, by undoing the climate leadership plan, kills that possibility.
If you are voting against equalization, please think of all taxation as equalization. Those who make more, pay more taxes but we all get the same services. Equal.
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Today all Albertans will have an opportunity to decide who they would like to serve them for the next four years.

This decision should not be taken lightly. The people we elect to serve us will send a clear message to others what our collective priorities are. #abvote #abpoli
For many, the primary issue will be the economy. I can’t fault someone for prioritizing that. There are some communities that have been hit harder than others and addressing that concern may be the most important and immediate issue for them.
I completely understand why someone would focus on the economy because for most of my life, I have put the economy above any other issue.
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I’m calling BS on Jason Kenney. This chart shows the REAL cause of our economic pain: the US fracking boom, which has transformed global oil markets. Anyone who ignores this reality is either a grifter or an idiot. (THREAD) #ableg #abpoli #abvote
The explosion in US production — exacerbated by the Saudi’s attempt to drive US shale producers out of business by opening their taps — upset the global supply-demand balance, causing a collapse in prices. Global oil prices have remained lower ever since. #ableg #abpoli
People who say that the Alberta recession is all Notley’s fault ignore the fact that low oil prices ALWAYS lead to lower investment. This is essentially an iron law. This chart shows the correlation between price and investment GLOBALLY since 1980. #ableg #abpoli #abvote
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"Conservatism" causes even smart people to vote stupid. Running government/society is THE EXACT OPPOSITE of running a business. It's how BUSINESS just keeps posting up platform-free tax-cut for the rich nitwits like George Bush, Donald Trump & Jason Kenney #abpoli #ableg #abvote
Think it's a no-brainer that Government should be run like a Business? Here's the end of that forever: who are your shareholders & who are your workers? If the answer is 'the People' for both your analogy has already imploded #ableg #abvote #ableg
What INEVITABLY begins happening for folks that think 'Gov should be run like Business' is they start to see 'the People' as 'the Workers' and their own funders/benefactors as shareholders. Hence a ludicrously wealthy 1% at the expense of all else. The inevitable result is this:
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Stephen Mandel makes announcement today in #YEG that he’s heard people are getting robocalls and those calls are being made in his name, saying Stephen Mandel endorses Jason Kenney. #ableg
Mandel says “where is the morality?” and says the campaign has reached an “all time low.” #ableg #yeg
Mandel says he has had enough and is asking the Rcmp and elections commissioner to investigate. #ableg #yeg
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@ABDanielleSmith @RachelNotley For people who believe this conspiracy theory, I have affordable ocean-front property to sell you in Regina Saskatchewan.

This is not Krause's 1st conspiracy rodeo - just ask First Nations in BC what they think of her nonsense.…
@ABDanielleSmith @RachelNotley Pointed questions in this thread that conspiracy theorist Vivian Krause cannot answer because she doesn't believe in freedom of expression:

"Why shouldn’t environmental groups be able to advocate?"

👇THREAD: 👇#cdnpoli #abpoli #ableg
@ABDanielleSmith @RachelNotley Approx $60 Mill of the $90M that allegedly funded the anti-tarsands campaign, went to the Great Bear Rainforest, not in opposing AB oilsands. Harper pitched in $30 Mill together with Tides.

The same U.S. groups that help fund Enviro groups here also gave to the Harper Government
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OK Alberta, come with me for an explainer on how Overtime works in Alberta... and how @jkenney @Alberta_UCP is lying to you when they say their overtime changes won't cost you and your family.

This is important to every single hardworking Albertan. 1/?
#ableg #abvote
Overtime rules in Alberta are pretty basic, for the most part. Overtime is all hours worked in excess of eight hours a day, or 44 hours a week, whichever is greater. (Toolkit, Page 21) #ableg #abvote…
There are some jobs in some industries where exceptions make sense, either for safety or for our economy. Ambulance attendants for example. (Toolkit, Page 27)… #ableg #abvote
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All right, so this is gunna be a bit of a long thread. Because at this point, I'm really kind of pissed off. So bear with me.

Would a few people voting UCP maybe like to look again in that mirror that Premier Prentice offered us in 2015? No. Really. #ableg #abvote
You know what actually bugs me about this UCP worship going on? Its not that I have a team and that team could lose. That's a simplistic assessment of my opinion. Disavow yourself of that idea and keep reading, because I'll break it down. #ableg #abvote
I was a conservative after I left home. I went against a fairly pro NDP family that even had ties to the CCF. My great great grandfather was the CCF MP for Maple Creek from 1945-1949. We bled green/gold and then orange after 1961. #ableg #abvote
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THREAD: Today, Kenney wants to talk about foreign money influencing Albertan politics. Since the right is now all in on this, let's talk about some of their foreign cash. #ableg #canpoli
Let's explore just one angle, so I don't turn full Vivian Krause. Jason Kenney's BFF and author of the UCP platform: Mark Milke. Below is a screenshot of his Fraser Institute bio. Found here:…
What jumps out at me is the Fraser Institute, Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation, American Enterprise Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the Heritage Foundation (Some of you might already see where I'm going with this)
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1/ Last night my daughter and 4 classmates were doing their homework via video chat. The assignment was to research a candidate from the list of party leaders, and how their platforms fit with how they see their World shaping ahead of them. #ableg #abpoli #abvote #abed
2/ The group was given @jkenney, and @Dave_Khan to choose from, and based on initial research, they chose @jkenney due to availability of information.

They found a website called and asked me if it was all true.

#ableg #abpoli #abvote #abed
3/ I instructed them to do the assignment an research the points on the website to determine if they were true. I helped with general search terms for Google when they got stuck, and only that. Making their own determination was crucial. #ableg #abpoli #abvote #abed
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Calgary is the whole ballgame. If it turns out Calgary isn't as automatically conservative as everybody thinks it is & the demographics have changed for good then it's a whole new political paradigm for Alberta going forward #abpoli #ableg #abvote
Alternatively, if "something something PIPELINES" can make enough Calgarians ignore the open racism, misogyny, hate & homophobia of the manifestly despicable Jason Kenney & his UCP then we've learned something many of us didn't really want to learn #abpoli #ableg #abvote
The last time Calgary voted provincially we voted NDP. Then Alberta elected a progressive mayor in Edmonton & reelected a progressive mayor in Calgary. We find out if the 'staunchly conservative' label still fits this town/province next Tuesday night #abpoli #ableg #abvote
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(Thread) About to go on an #ableg tangent, but first must say I have a loose conflict of interest with one of the parties’ at the federal level, hence why I’ve ceased reporting on Canadian politics for past 12 months and for next few years.
I’d never champion a single party (for what it’s worth, I’ve voted right, left and centre since 2010). Many journalists will disagree, but I don’t think this disqualifies me from expressing my personal concerns about Jason Kenney’s crooked, exploitive, and duplicitous conduct.
With that out of the way, @CBCNews’s bombshell investigation into voter fraud tied to Kenney’s campaign needs close attention because nothing sums up his win-at-all-costs mindset than these credible allegations that he cheated his own party. #ableg…
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Hey @karriflatla, tweet @ me & ask me why I'm protesting with #queerkidsyql today.

Seriously, though. Please ask me. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss it with you.


#ableg #abpoli #abvote #abed #yqlvote #yql #QueerKidsAB
This is a good place to start the conversation. It's a thorough (but easy-to-read) comparison of existing legislation and the legislation that your Party wants to introduce.


#ableg #abpoli #abvote #abed #yqlvote #yql #QueerKidsAB… by @Jantafrench
This is about more than just the headline-grabbing notion of "outing gay kids," although that's certainly a major concern.

It's also about students knowing they will be supported by their schools to establish GSAs ...


#ableg #abpoli #abvote #abed #yqlvote #yql #QueerKidsAB
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