Just a reminder of who runs Unite Albertas SM accounts... Ezra Levants ex producer at Sun News Media Matt Wolf and Nick Koolsbergen, Harpers Director of Issue Management.. If Alberta isnt in business anymore... how are all these SoCons employeed *cough Brad Wall cough* #Ableg
2) If you all don't know who Jason Kenney's Chief of Staff, Nick Koolsberg is... let me give you a brief tour (ignore the fact he lives in hoodies, no need for that distraction)..
So @DavidStaplesYEG, the @EdmontonJournal columnist with an uncanny ability to deliver the very hottest of not-even-wrong takes, offers a column on the new K-4 Social Studies curriculum that is astonishing in the multitudinous ways it manages to bungle the details. #abed#ableg
So let's start from the top. Staples alleged that the draft K-4 curriculum was being kept under wraps in order to something-something-NDP-bad, & not (say) b/c it's a prelim draft & this is just an early phase of the feedback & review process.
It's a very early draft. It's expected to have rough edges, and that's why they're gathering initial feedback from the people that signed-up to participate in this preliminary review process. This stuff is completely routine, even mundane. #abed#ableg
Dad grew up in Trinidad, 4th of 10. He loved electronics & working w/ his hands. He learned to build bread boxes out of coconut oil tins & sold them to get $2.50 to buy a do-it-yourself crystal radio kit. He stole a telephone handset to craft a speaker. #ableg
He went on to vocational school and took pleasure in learning various trades (woodworking, metalworking, electrical) alongside regular classes. He was in the top 10 students in every subject. Top student in some. #ableg
Morneau starts off with a joke that isn’t funny; says last time he was here there was a sense of worry. Says they worked hard to come up w/ sol’n
Weird. Solution involves the pockets of Canadians instead of enforcing the law🤷🏻♀️ #KinderMorgan#ableg#cdnpoli#yycchamber
Now a protester. A women yelling. Saying pipeline will never get built. She is being booed out. And escorted out. 😱 #yyc#ableg#cdnpoli
Morneau says hard things are hard 🧐
Guess he is smarter than us eh? He is using our money.
Says he was a strong defender of the project. Now thanking people who have been working on this project for longer than him.
This argument gets dumber every time it's used, so it was just a matter of time before Jason Kenney picked up on it. It's been thoroughly refuted many times, but here are some examples to show just how fallacious it is. [THREAD] #ableg#cdnpoli
The premise of the "environmentalists can't use oil" argument is that if someone uses a particular product or service, they don't get to criticize any activity of the industry, or related industries, that supplied it.
But what if this was applied to other goods and services?
Public Schools: If you went to a public school, you're not allowed to criticize teacher's unions. You must approve all funding that school administrators demand and support the construction of new schools and universities, even if there are already ample spaces.
2. Mr. Kenney has been waging an all-out rhetorical assault on carbon pricing, claiming they're ineffective and costly. The vast majority of economists of all stripes disagree: they are the lowest-cost, most efficient policy for addressing climate change. ecofiscal.ca/carbon-pricing/
3. Mr. Kenney apparently also disagrees now, realizing that as a free-market conservative who professes to believe in climate change, he HAS to support carbon pricing. #ableg#abpoli
[Graphic Language] Jason Kenney disgustingly equated LGBTQ2+ rights to polygamy and incest. Sadly, he’s not the only Conservative who has attacked the LGBTQ2+ community. Here is a list of offensive remarks that have been made by other Conservatives… (1/6) #hoc#ableg#lgbt
Harold Albrecht (@Albrecht4KitCon), the #CPC MP for Kitchener Conestoga, warned same-sex marriage “would succeed in wiping out an entire society in just one generation…” (2/6) #hoc#ableg#lgbt
Tom Lukiwski (@TomLukiwski), the #CPC MP for Moose Jaw Lake Centre Lanigan, proclaimed "There's A's and there's B's. The A's are guys like me. The B's are homosexual faggots with dirt on their fingernails that transmit diseases." (3/6) #hoc#ableg#lgbt
Alberta wasn't debt free. Alberta was good at hiding its debt acorns in the wilderness. It was hidden in an infrastructure deficit the Heavy Construction Assocation estimated as high as $16 billion. In the fewest staffed hospital beds per capita in the country... #ableg
..hidden in closed hospital wings, and outside the province with the doctors and nurses who left. In the red on the financial statements of non-profits who were slammed with demand following Ralph's social service cuts... #ableg
... it's in waitlists that hold the names of thousands of people waiting for access to affordable and social housing. In the waitlists for disability services, seniors housing, supported living... #ableg
Thread: Kenney's take on safe injection sites is horribly misguided, even in a vacuum, as @DShepYEG points out. But, in a larger context, it also suggests something more concerning. When you're Premier, you're in charge of a great many things. #ableg
Whether it be healthcare, education, infrastructure, the environment, or harm reduction strategies for the opioid crisis, the Premier is the person at the head of the table. It's too many things for one person to know intimately enough such that he/she can make decisions alone.
I'm of the belief that the most successful politicians are the ones who will listen to the experts in whatever the respective field may be. Want to craft the best policy to deal with the opioid epidemic? Talk to the experts in that field. Don't shut them down.
As noted in the article, Kenney's comments run counter to #yql law enforcement, front line workers & local gov't, all of whom support the innovative, life-saving initiative. cbc.ca/news/canada/ca…#ableg
Before moving forward, the City of Lethbridge conducted research, visiting SCS sites in Europe. Sites in #yql will include addictions counselling, harm reduction supply distribution, nursing services. #ableg