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Voting for @jkenney and the @Alberta_UCP may be scarier than you think. Pro-life group Campaign Life Coalition are training & getting UCP candidates nominated across Alberta. Trampling women's rights is one thing but there's much more that should alarm you! #ableg #abpoli #LGBTQ
They're anti-lgbtq rights and believe that 50% of gay men are gay because they learned it from being molested as a youth by a pedophile. If that isn't shocking enough...
They promote conversion therapy & believe that thousands of people have changed their orientation to heterosexual "with the help of spiritual & psychological counseling".
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1/ So @jkenney, who has zero mandate to make deals on behalf of AB with foreign interests, is in India.

He talks to the infrastructure minister about leveraging the private sector re highways. Kenney, who couldn't understand the Carillion bankruptcy proceedings.

#ableg #ABpoli
2/ And he seems to have misrepresented himself as a minister. But, hey, we all pretend to be something we're not, right? Normal for a party leader to embarrass themselves like that, isn't it?

@UCPCaucus seems to think so. Doesn't seem to understand the ethics issue.
3/ So Kenney moves on to talk AB oil and gas with India's oil execs. We are told in his tweets about how great this market is as target for export.

JK still doesn't understand that we have no trouble finding markets; we can't get our product to them. So what assurances is he
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Jason Kenney's UCP are defending a candidate for nomination who said a Mosque would be a threat to Alberta's natural resources.

Why are they justifying her hateful views from just 3 years ago, instead of standing up for Albertans?

#abpoli #ableg #abndp

cbc.ca/news/canada/ed…
Wait. There's more.

In December 2015, Cindy Ross said,
“Why is it the police and government are on the muslim side?”

And, she said, "this democracy thing" is "an illusion.”

Does Jason Kenney still want to keep Cindy Ross on the ballot?

#ableg #abpoli #abndp
In December 2015, Cindy Ross wrote,

“Stop sharia law creep in its tracks...Stop being so concerned about being politically correct. The faith itself says to kill the non Muslim (the correct Muslim) believers.”

Why is Jason Kenney standing by Ms. Ross?
#ableg #abpoli #abndp
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What irks me is the same people who started #boycottAW and #boycottEarls and #boycottTimHortons are the same people who are calling for this Ford vision of "free speech." In their mind, staging boycotts on businesses they deem don't support oil or Alberta beef are fine. >
But when students protest, peacefully, the speaking engagements of people like Faith Goldy, then suddenly they clutch their pearls and shout "Free speech," as though what free speech means is that horrid views deserve a platform at public institutions. <
#ableg #abpse #cdnpse
Actually, I'm not done. Apparently, this is going to be a rant.

Part of what universities do is teach students to become engaged citizens, active participants in society and politics. Part of that can mean peaceful protest. >
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At the office of MP Deepak Obhrai, who will be joined by a journalist allegedly attacked by UCP supporters last weekend. #yyc #ableg #cdnpoli
A statement from the MP says the journalist was attacked following an outdoor concert in the northeast, and was triggered "by the journalist's views on a UCP nomination". Recently there was a case of alleged ballot stuffing during a nomination process #ableg #yyc
Journalist Kumar Sharma (left) says a group of men attacked him last weekend following a concert
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To understand the kind of politics we're in for with a Kenney-led conservative campaign coming, let's take a short jaunt down memory lane: the fake citizenship ceremony saga. nationalpost.com/news/canada/ke… #ableg #abpoli
1. In 2012, Kenney was adamant about holding a citizenship ceremony at now-defunct Sun News TV's ("Fox News North") studio. Sun Media demanded that bureaucrats comply.
2. We're left to speculate as to why. To boost ratings with their flagging TV network? To give Kenney an uncritical platform to woo cultural communities? To distance their brand from Kenney-friend and host Ezra Levant's racist screeds?
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It’s important for people to understand the substance of the Saskatchewan carbon price reference case that Jason Kenney supports. Let’s start with a few accurate premises, then draw some logical conclusions about Kenney’s positions.
See: publications.gov.sk.ca/documents/9/10… #ableg #abpoli
Premise #1: SK’s case DOES NOT argue that Gov’t of Canada (GoC) lacks the jurisdiction to price carbon.
Premise #2: Indeed, SK accepts that GoC has the jurisdiction to price carbon across Canada (as virtually everyone does, see news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.htm… ).
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Jason Kenney is one of the most anti-LGBTQ2+ politicians to ever hold elected office in Canada. If you don’t believe me, here’s a timeline detailing @jkenney's 20-year fight against LGBTQ2+ equality. (1/28) #ableg #abpoli #cdnpoli
January 1998: Jason Kenney refers to the Vriend case (which held it was unconstitutional to exclude gays and lesbians from human rights laws) as a “virus” of judicial activism. (2/28) #ableg #abpoli #cdnpoli
January 1998: Jason Kenney urges Alberta Premier Ralph Klein to invoke section 33 of the Charter (a.k.a. the notwithstanding clause) to block human rights protections for gays and lesbians. (3/28) #ableg #abpoli #cdnpoli
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1. Today my partner and kids sat behind a table of seniors having lunch. We got to sit and listen to them talking about upcoming elections. And how we're being hurt by Indians and immigrants and the Chinese.
2. As we sat with our indigenous kids we were treated to older people talking about how they would vote for parties that would make sure immigrants and minorities would stay in line and 'follow the rules.'
3. They ate their lunch cooked and served by immigrants, sitting beside aboriginal children, discussing how they would vote to keep immigrants and minorities from wanting too much.
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Still legal in Alberta!

‘I still have flashbacks’: the ‘global epidemic’ of LGBT conversion therapy theguardian.com/world/2018/aug… #ableg
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1. @jkenney and #UCP are supporting SK’s challenge, which argues that fed carbon price can only be constitutional if it applies to every province, incl Alberta, not just those without their own price, like SK and ON. #ableg #abpoli
2. In other words, Kenney isn’t just proposing to waste AB’s $ on lawyers to fight a legal loser: he’s demanding that Ottawa collect carbon charges in Alberta, not just SK & ON. #abpoli
3. I’m not kidding. The fight Kenney wants to wage is to demand Ottawa extend its carbon price collection to Alberta, instead of exempting Alberta from Ottawa’s tax in favour of a made-in-Alberta design that accounts for Alberta’s unique circumstances.
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[Thread] With Canada's Conservatives going into a full court press in Alberta, I think it's worth taking a look at what we might expect from a Kenney-led government. #ableg #abpoli /1
The first point to bear in mind here is the fact that we are seeing the same tactics being played out at all levels of government where conservatives are running. /2
In Alberta, we've had Kenney running around making all sorts of dog-whistle politics claims about how "great" he will make Alberta, but he has been surprisingly silent about just what that means in terms of policy. /3
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The Rempel experiment. I contacted 10 people that I personally knew, who were Twitter users and not very political, or yet #BlockedByRempel. I asked them one simple favour. To ask Michelle Rempel a fair immigration based question as non-partisanly as possible. #cdnpoli #ableg
Questions asked were, "While I agree that irregular immigration had increased, could we find a solution that didn't require rhetoric" or variations of it, asked directly to Michelle Rempel via a reply to one of her Tweets. #cdnpoli #ableg #BlockedByRempel
If not blocked the first time, to ask a second question along the lines of "What about your policy for irregular immigration would differ from the Liberals?" Or a variation of that. Well, the results were shocking/not shocking. #BlockedByRempel #cdnpoli #cdnmedia
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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)..
When harper was ousted he went to save Christy clarks ass... timescolonist.com/news/b-c/b-c-l…
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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. #abed #ableg
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
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Today for Father's Day, I'd like to pay tribute to my father, Ruthven Shepherd, who passed away Thursday morning w/ all of us at his side: trinityfuneralhome.ca/ruthven-rulon-… #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
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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.
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The #ableg building is beginning to fill up for the Sixties Scoop apology. The smell of a smudge ceremony lingers in the air.
Inside the house, the public gallery is packed with Indigenous folks here for the Sixties Scoop apology. #ableg
Notley begins the Sixties Scoop apology by acknowledging we're on traditional treaty land, and the connection of Metis people with this land. #ableg
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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.
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This photo surfaced yesterday of a teacher in Black face at Strathcona Christian Elementary

I'm disappointed this flew under our radar. Let me use this thread to explain why Blackface is racist and why action needs to be taken. #ableg #yeg

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Black Face originated in Minstrel shows.

For context, minstrel shows were racist and were meant to depict black people as “dim-witted, lazy, buffoonish, superstitious and happy-go-lucky.”

You can see some examples below.
One infamous minstrel show was Jump Jim Crow. It mocked a physically disabled Black slave and was performed widely

'Jim Crow' gained a pejorative meaning amongst Black people and was used to describe laws of racial segregation. You may recognize the pose from ‘This is America.’
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1. Let's put this in context. In Cabinet in Ottawa, Jason Kenney agreed to Canada's Paris climate targets, the same targets we still have. (Toronto Sun: torontosun.com/2016/09/18/tru…). #ableg #abpoli #abclimate #cdnpoli
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
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Ok, one more tweet thread on #ucpagm then I gotta be done for the night.

I’m including Kikki and Dr Jay, why? Because we see eye to eye, agree on most shit, I like them, and unashamedly, I hope the message gets lifted.

This thread is about kids

My kids
Your kids
Albertans kids
Parents

You don’t own your kids.

Yes, the are “yours” but they are not YOURS.

Yes, the creator gave them to you to take care of

No, you do not own them

Our world struggled with the ownership of PEOPLE for years, in some places it still does, but not in a democratic society
So this three is about #abed, #ableg our schools, parenting and the work I have dedicated the last 25 years of my life to.

I have 4 kids

Right there we gotta take a look at the language trick we play on ourselves. I say, I have 4 kids, but that isn’t about ownership.
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[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
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And I'm back at the #ucpAGM once again. Today it's all policy resolutions, all the time. I shall be inhaling coffee. Here's my wrap from yesterday, when there were around 3,000 people here. edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/… #ableg
And we start with a point of order. So. Um. Cool. #ucpAGM #ableg
Here’s the pile of governance, special and policy resolutions, by the way. #ucpAGM #ableg
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