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So about that Crime Stoppers misdirection presser today with UCP Minister Shandro and EPS Chief McFee. #ableg #yegcc 🧵

Let's clarify a few things about police funding and public safety in Edmonton:
Edmonton property taxes provide for the best resourced police force in Alberta and 2nd in Canada.

No one spends more on police per person than Edmonton and it's almost a quarter of your tax bill.

theglobeandmail.com/canada/article…
We have the largest air force with two helicopters, an airplane, and are buying a second airplane for $4.5 Million. Plus drones. And tanks. And cars. And trucks. And a ton of guns.
theprogressreport.ca/edmonton_polic…
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This is your daily pension announcement: The Pension War Room™️will discuss the recently calculated $30 million in transition costs to using @aimcoinvests. For context, compare the size of the fund at $22,400 million to this $30 million expenditure. #AbLeg #handsoffmypension
The transition costs are (relatively) small and are one time costs. They are still regrettable and were avoidable with diligence and planning, but Travis Toews and his chief deputy Athana Mentzelopolos could provide neither of those things. #AbLeg #idiotseverywhere
I would note, for the record, that Kevin Uebelein did not produce an estimate of transition costs in @aimcoinvests' "business plan" to takeover ATRF's investment operation. This was a stark dereliction of duty on the part of all three of them. #AbLeg #handsoffmypension
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Another not-so-fun Sunday morning story. Today, I got chased and harrassed while I was walking my dog… for being Muslim #yeg #ableg 🧵
I’m not Muslim. I was wearing a headband, and the guy clearly wasn’t very smart to understand it wasn’t a hijab. He changed direction after he saw me and started walking after me, yelling things, and the last one I heard before I rushed around the corner was “F*ck you, Muslim”
As a Canadian citizen that came from Latin America, I’ve had my share of racist/xenophobic comments directed at me. People are usually able to tell I’m not white, but don’t quite recognize where I’m from (where to send me back to?) so it’s not as direct or as violent.
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1/ WHY KENNEY REALLY LOST: There has been lots of speculation that Jason Kenney (@jkenney) was defeated because he was not “conservative enough”, not “right wing enough” and not “populist enough”. I’m not sure this is an accurate assessment. #ableg #canpoli #cdnpoli
2/ Kenney’s defeat, in my opinion, was more about style and tone than policy. #ableg #canpoli #cdnpoli
3/ Let's start with some background. In my opinion, Kenney failed to fundamentally understand something important about Albertans: they hate arrogance, elitism, and hypocrisy. Any politician with the slightest tinge of it is forced to walk the plank... #ableg #canpoli #cdnpoli
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'Harpy & Bumbles'
1) There was a slimy Con from Oakville
Who worked for Harpy up on the Hill
The big boss picked him to head out west
Donned his cowboy hat and puffed up his chest
2) With marching orders to unite the right
Harpy wanted them really angry and white
He conned and colluded to get his way
Arrogance and gas lighting on full display
3) Harpy controlled from behind the fray
Eventually Bumbles finally got his day
He may be premiere, but does what's told
Following orders that are gleefully imposed
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#Ableg News 🧵

So…this was a horrible week for the @UCPCaucus and for EVERY SINGLE ALBERTAN:

🚌- School Bills Jump 151% under the UCP (Story #7)

🤷🏻‍♂️- UCP MLAs Want Kenney Out Now! (#10)

😳- Industry Critical of the UCP “Plan’s for Carbon”(#11)

Here’s 12 Bad UCP News Stories
#Ableg News 🧵

1. A new survey this week showed the majority of Albertans believe Kenney should lose his leadership review:

✅ Over 60% think he should resign immediately

✅ Only 21% support him

✅ Only 55% suggested they were “somewhat” confident it wouldn’t be rigged
#Ableg News 🧵

2. Kenney said he didn’t need overwhelming support in a leadership review as the pool of voters were “diluted by 1,000’s of angry members bent on destruction”

Kenney’s was criticized by his caucus for promising to stay if he received a bare majority of 50% +1
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A requiem for Jason Kenney: He rose to power as Stephen Harper’s most capable lieutenant, but once he sat in the big chair it quickly became apparent that his political smarts lay in tactics, not strategy #ableg
2. We saw this most prominently in his handling of Covid, but his ‘fight back’ strategy attacking environmentalists as the source of Alberta’s woes also floundered as the lavishly-funded War Room & Allan Inquiry served up only political punchlines (I certainly had a few laughs)
3. Kenney’s ‘Jobs, Economy, Pipelines’ mantra played well on campaign trail but like King Canute ordering the tide to go out, his majestic words were no match for what the energy transition he so despised is doing to Albertan economy or what climate change is doing to its people
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Reasons Shandro was Crying:

- Someone told him that Santa isn’t real
- Steven Harper unfollowed him
- He lost his favourite stress ball
- He thinks Jason Kenney has Covid and is dying

#ableg #abpoli
- He knows that he’s going to have to drink at home now
- The band he and Kenney were trying to start is officially breaking up
- He really wanted to be picked as Team Captain for the dodgeball team but he was picked last
- Madu made an epic joke about him
- He just found out the ending to Spider-Man: NWH
- Ben Harper made a tik tok making fun of Shandro
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This music is just...a whole lot of propaganda music. #ableg #UCP
I saw a rumour that said Kenney isn't inviting all members of his party so this whole unity thing is a choice.
Also, I have a lot to say about cults using specific music that relies on emotion, with wording that evokes the same emotional response. It's a real thing. They use it in advertising too.
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Expect a “strong” majority to show “confidence” in Kenney’s “leadership” when the results of the #UCP “vote” are revealed later today. #ableg

cbc.ca/news/canada/ed…
The religious right haven’t been this close to power in decades. Don’t expect them to give that power up easily.

They worked hard for their 2019 victory. #ableg

cbc.ca/news/canada/ed…
And don’t expect things to go well for education soon…

“As President of Red Deer Pro-Life, LaGrange wrote that she “enjoyed listening” to a presentation about the “Back Porch,” one such misleading clinic that is operated by anti-abortion activists”

pressprogress.ca/jason-kenney-a…
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WHOA.

Let’s untangle this a bit.

A brand new “parents union” pops up after the province defunds the parents council that appears to be run by one of the alleged money men for the kamikaze campaign?

But wait there’s even more?!?

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#abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli
They also get a shout out from “Alberta Proud” in this article.

Alberta Proud being the “advocacy group” whose website was originally registered by the founder of Canada Action?

Whose lawyer for a good chunk of time was Tyler Shandro?

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So we have a new “parents” advocacy group with all kinds of complicated Kenney/UCP ties that’s popped up and doing a provincial tour being propped up by other hard right orgs to influence the education system…?

Seems legit.

/fin

#abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli
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One of the big proponents of “replacement theory” is Tucker Carlson.

The same guy who constantly misrepresents Critical Race Theory on FOX.

The same CRT that Kenney invoked as something he was fighting against during his leadership review speech.

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#abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli
While Canada doesn’t have quite the same ammosexual relationship with firearms as the US, it would be profoundly naïve to not recognize the Americanization of conservative politics in Canada.

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The UCP government has made guns a political football in Alberta.

They’ve also done the same wi thing with access to health care via “conscience rights”.

And they’re literally Americanizing the education system by plagarizing curriculum from the states.

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New from me: Steve Allan tried to work for $1 for the last nine months of the inquiry into allegations of foreign funded anti-Alberta oil campaigns -- to keep the inquiry on budget: #ableg cbc.ca/news/canada/ed…
There are many interesting nuggets in this four-page report on the Allan inquiry's expenses: among them, the government says the inquiry was a bargain and should have cost $8.5 million, not $3.5 million open.alberta.ca/dataset/1433c0… #ableg
The inquiry paid blogger and researcher @FairQuestions $35,000 for her work -- she handed over a decade's worth of material and met with inquiry accountants. #ableg
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#Ableg News 🧵

2022 is the year of “Really Bad News” for the @UCPCaucus:

🤦🏻‍♂️- Elections Alberta is investigating Kenney (AGAIN!) (Story #1)

🤫- UCP hide documents during FOIP Requests (#7)

👩‍⚖️- A judge warns Kenney about divisive language (#16)

Here’s 17 UCP Bad News Stories
#Ableg News 🧵

So It Begins…

1. Elections Alberta is OFFICIALLY investigating allegations of bulk UCP membership purchases made by Kenney’s camp right before this year’s leadership review

The investigation involves 4,000 new UCP memberships purchased by only 6 credit cards.
#Ableg News 🧵

2. 13 motions to improve accountability & transparency in Alberta’s Lobby Act, including several made by Alberta's Ethics Commissioner, were rejected by the UCP!

It’s noted Kenney has close, secretive “relationships with firms who regularly lobby his government”
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Re: court decision today. The thing that gets me about this is Bill C-69 is to ensure projects are evaluated to protect public health, the environment, and neighbouring communities. Who could be against protecting these things? 1/8 #AbLeg #anpoli #UCPCorruption
So when the UCP says C-69 will make sure there are no more pipelines built, they are saying that O&G production/shipping is inherently too dangerous for health, environment & communities to pass the evaluation process, right? 2/8
But if you look at it objectively, surely people's health, the health of the planet, is slightly more important than making money for Shell or Husky, isn't it? O&G provides jobs, but fewer and fewer the more automation takes over. 3/8
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BREAKING: Alberta’s Government wins court case on Bill C-69.

Today the Alberta Court of Appeal found Trudeau’s “No More Pipeline Law” to be unconstitutional. 1/3
Alberta has said since day one that this bill was unconstitutional, and this government committed to fighting it every way we could. We’re very pleased with the ruling today. 2/3
Alberta will continue to fight Trudeau’s unconstitutional laws and defend our province’s right to develop our resources. #ableg #cdnpoli 3/3
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#Ableg News 🧵

This was the WORST bad news week for the @UCPCaucus in 2022:

🤬- The UCP suddenly defund critical diabetic care (Story #1)

🤫 - Jason Nixon secretly removes park protections (#2)

🤐- Kenney’s silent on Women’s Rights (#7)

Here’s 22 (YUP!) Bad News UCP Stories!
#Ableg News 🧵

1. Thousands of Albertans were SHOCKED after the UCP announced a plan to “improve” diabetes care…by partially defunding insulin pumps for diabetics

Sick Albertans may see expensive premiums, co-payments or they’ll be forced to abandon their treatments altogether
#Ableg News 🧵

2. 🤫 Shhhh….pro-coal UCP MLA Jason Nixon is AGAIN silently changing legislation to weaken protections of our provincial parks!

Critics say he is attempting to now allow activities in provincial ncisl parks and public lands that are currently prohibited ⛏
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#Alberta’s ‘Select Special Committee to Examine #SafeSupply’ is a farce. Political theatre with a foregone conclusion.

@jkenney and the #UCP are in the business of manufacturing consent and sentencing people who use drugs to death by toxic policy.

🧵

#ABLeg
The authors of the unfortunately titled “A Public Supply of Addictive Drugs” need to be held accountable for their actions.

Their overt bias jeopardizes current and prospective #SafeSupply programming across the country and internationally.

edmontonjournal.com/news/local-new…
But what else would you expect from a government that vilifies science?

This gem from #Alberta’s ‘Minister of Mental Health and Addictions’ @MikeEllisUCP is embarrassing and all you need to know about #UCP public policy.

Shout out to @JanisIrwin for calling out this bullshit.
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A list of MPs who have received a green light from the Campaign Life Coalition for their anti abortion views 🧵
Niagara West @DeanAllisonMP
Leeds - Grenville - Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes @MikeBarrettON
Portage - Lisgar @CandiceBergenMP
Selkirk - Interlake - Eastman @jamesbezan
Carlton Trail - Eagle Creek @KellyBlockmp
Tobique - Mactaquac @RichardBragdon
Red Deer - Lacombe @BlaineFCalkins
Oshawa @ColinCarrieCPC
St. Albert - Edmonton @Cooper4SAE
Pitt Meadows - Maple Ridge @MarcDalton
Cariboo - Prince George @ToddDohertyMP
Battlefords - Lloydminster @rosemarie_falk
Provencher @MPTedFalk
Abbotsford @HonEdFast
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More than 50 research scientist and clinicians have signed an open letter expressing concerns with a report submitted to the Alberta special committee to examine safe supply. #abpoli #ableg
It says: "This report fails to adhere to best standards for evidence reviews... due primarily to its problematic search strategy, which resulted in the exclusion of key studies (and) a number of irrelevant studies being included. There are, however, many other shortcomings."
The report, commissioned by Alberta Health, can be found here: sfu.ca/carmha/publica… It was assessed by experts at @BCCSU, who concluded the report's conclusion is not based on existing evidence. #abpoli #ableg
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This is your daily pension announcement: So the @ATRFPension reports that transferring the first 1/3 of assets to @aimcoinvests cost nearly $5 million. Currently, teachers will be on the hook for half.

(This does not include @aimcoinvests' transition costs) #AbLeg #handsoff
It would only seem reasonable that Travis and the GOA should cover the cost of transitioning to @aimcoinvests. After all, he legislated it. Teachers' should not have to pay for a transition they were no part of. #AbLeg #handsoffmypension
It is curious that @aimcoinvests "business case" for moving assets does not address transition costs in any way. And, we are still waiting for $1 of savings. The 0.25% that Kevin promised is an absolute pipe dream. #AbLeg #dontholdyourbreath
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This is your daily pension announcement: The Pension War Room™️declares it a wonderful day!
First, @aimcoinvests does seem to be finishing the "taking out the trash" period. Now I think they still have to hire a HR exec...but congrats so far. #AbLeg

aimco.ca/insights/chief…
It is that day that we play "quote of the day".

First from Kevin Uebelein:
"I am grateful for the vote of confidence that the Alberta government has made in AIMCo."

Who can forget that great quote in the @edmontonjournal as he was gaslighting teachers all over AB! #Ableg
Kevin neglected to point out that the GOA may have confidence in @aimcoinvests but that they OWN ONLY A SMALL PART of the assets under management at AIMCO.

And yet the GOA continues to exert full control over the @aimcoinvests Board. Hmm...that seems wrong...

#AbLeg
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#Ableg News 🧵

I told @AB_AgainstUCP it’d be a “quiet” week for the @UCPCaucus

I was wrong: it’s AWFUL:

🥊 UCP MLA Nixon Gets Away With Bullying (Story #1)

😨 Another UCP MLA Calls Kenney Out! (#5)

🏥 4 Major Health Care Crisis’s! (#7-10)

Here’s 16 bad news UCP stories!
#Ableg News 🧵

1. UCP MLA Jason Nixon will not be sanctioned for comments he made during an angry exchange that included him swearing at Speaker Nathan Cooper in the leg.

It is noted Nixon didn’t ACTUALLY apologize…rather an “I’m sorry” letter was read by another UCP MLA.
#Ableg News 🧵

2. UCP MLA Fir announced private schools, which receive 70% of funding from taxpayers, won’t need report how much they charge for tuition under a new bill. 

Critics suggest the UCP is hiding how much wealthy private schools make in tuition payments from parents
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Did you know AB Ed @AdrianaLaGrange cut funding to AB School Council Assoc (ASCA) @ABschoolcouncil by whopping 75%, greatly affecting all AB parents’ ability to have a voice & strength of collective? #abed #abpoli #ableg #education #parents #school #council #community 1/
Did you know AB ED @AdrianaLaGrange formed “Parent Advisory” consisting of 40 AB (handpicked?) parents? Why? ASCA @ABschoolcouncil has formed collective voice for ~90 yrs that represents ALL AB School Councils available to ALL AB parents #abed #abpoli #ableg #education 2/
ASCA is non-profit & drastically slashed budget to survive. Looking at budget breakdown during AGM today, over 50% provides learning opportunities/professional development so parent volunteers can do their legislated jobs on school council #abed #abpoli #parents #volunteers 3/
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