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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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Sure, I want to crunch the numbers and look at strategic errors and analyse tactics but that can all wait for another day. Right now, there are more important things to worry about. If you will indulge me, a post- #abvote thread ... 1/?
During Klein's era, I was a single mom of 2 young boys and a full-time university student. My family relied on the services and programs that were slashed across the board. We were helped by many kind friends (and sometimes strangers) and survived, though badly bruised. 2/
Today, me and my family will be largely unaffected by the cuts Kenney will impose but we will never forget the pain of the past and we will be the friends (and sometimes strangers) who reach out to help those who will be. 3/
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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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1/14 This is the last post I’ll write on the Alberta election before we know the outcome. There will of course be a lot to say after the results come in tomorrow, and we can analyze exit polls and voting demographics in the days and weeks that follow. #ABvote #ABPoli
2/14 I’ll start by saying that I respect Stephen Mandel and David Khan as party leaders. I have friends working and volunteering on the @AlbertaParty, Green Party, and @ABLiberal campaigns, and I know they care as much about this province as I do.
3/14 Still, I voted without hesitation in advance polls for @RachelNotley and @albertaNDP.
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When we intentionally vote for ppl we know are corrupt, what do we say to politicians about what’s allowable?

When we then complain about the inevitable corruption, where will our firm footing be? We are the one who lifted them to office.

Vote how you want, of course.

#abvote
And of course, if you think I’m targeting a particular party, note that I haven’t.

Your interpretation may tell you all you need to know about your #abvote choices.

I’m happy to support both compassion & a growing economy. It can be both. It needs to be for our communities.
A quick tip from our fine @EndPovertyYEG folks — who have numbers:

It is far cheaper to deal with social issues than to NOT deal with them.

Want a strong economy? Give strength to your neighbour.

These are the sensible values that built our province.

#abvote
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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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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
alberta.ca/assets/documen…
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) alberta.ca/assets/documen… #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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1) Where do people get the idea that Jason Kenney and the UCP are the strongest ballot choice in terms of Alberta’s economic future? A thread. #abpoli #vote2019
2) World price of oil has swung up / down from US$28 to more than $110/barrel in recent yrs, yet Kenney pins oil-producing AB economic struggles squarely on Notley. That’s an easy claim to make, & convenient that he need not prove how he or his Party would have done any better.
3) @jkenney has promised to kill the carbon tax, reduce corporate taxes, and still somehow balance the budget by saving money through efficiencies. And printing money, I suppose. #abvote #abpoli
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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 meetjasonkenney.ca 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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FOUND THIS ON TWITTER

#NDP candidate is advertising this.
👇👇👇👇
Vouching for people they don't know even if they DO NOT have ID?

#abvote⁠ ⁠⁠ ⁠ #ableg⁠ ⁠⁠ ⁠
Reply 1 from ELECTIONS ALBERTA
Bill C-76, known as the Elections Modernization Act, received Royal Assent December 13, 2018, which covers Federal Elections.

IS THE ALBERTA ELECTION COMPROMISED? Is the NDP exploiting it?

Vouching for ppl without ID
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THREAD (1/10) During last night’s debate, NDP leader Rachel Notley again denied any responsibility for the failure of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway, and claimed the Federal Court of Appeal is why the pipeline didn’t go ahead.

This is all false. Here are the facts #ableg #abvote
(2/10) Rachel Notley opposed the Northern Gateway pipeline. She specifically told the Calgary Herald’s editorial board in April 2015 that she wouldn’t fight for it, saying "I don't think there's any point to it." This was well before the FCA decision: calgaryherald.com/news/politics/…
(3/10) Justin Trudeau had already committed to scrapping the project. In 2014, on the day the former federal Conservative government approved the project, he announced that he’d stop the 525,000 barrel per day pipeline:
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After looking at the platforms, additional information and the leaders debate this is what I am let with. ALL parties will be running a deficit. Oil revenue paid for a lot of things which allowed us to have low taxes 1/ 18
#abvote #abpoli #shpk #yeg #yyc #strathco
Oil prices crash, we have been through this often. And every time it happens it is the same. Jobs are lost, people's lives go off the rails and the Alberta economy crashes. This time is no different than the last time or the time before. We have some hard choices to make 2/18
Just looking at the top 2 parties. At the end of the next 4 year term #UCP will have us at 86 bill in debt and #abndp will have us at 95 bill in debt. This is a difference of 9 bill over a 4 year term or 2.25 bill per year. So what does each plan get us? 3/18
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I'm not, I called it, she's never had to defend the title before tonight. Her full colors were shown tonight or rather exposed. Last election cycle all she had was divisiveness, identity politics and the biggie "I'm a victim of Jim Prentice" math is hard. 1/ #ChooseYouralberta
This election cycle she had to run on her actual record and for the most part has spent the majority of her time in Calgary drumming up the minorities, education and GSA file. She comes on social media and tries to attack @jkenney as "keep it in the ground". 2/ #Abvote #Abpoli
MSM runs video of her campaign speeches and all the videos show is her either attacking @jkenney again on being anti oil and how she has championed the pipeline/O & G file. Albertans are not stupid, we still have no jobs. 3/ #ableg
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Alright. Let's dissect one element of the Charles Adler interview with UCP Leader Jason Kenney tonight, in which he discusses replacing Alberta's School Act with the Education Act, which would undo extra GSA+ privacy protections in Bill 24. #ableg #abvote #abed
(Not sure what I'm on about? See this story for background: edmontonjournal.com/news/local-new… ) #abed #ableg #abvote
In tonight's Adler interview, Kenney says of the Education Act, as modified by Bill 10 of 2015: "That law is the strongest legal protection for GSAs of any province in Canada. Your province, British Columbia, has no such law. There’s only Manitoba and Ontario.” #abed #abvote
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I’m a very private person, and I like to think I have a pretty thick skin, but this campaign is really starting to get to me. #ableg #abvote
As a gay Albertan, I have always believed that people here value equality and decency.

But if you support @jkenney after his colossal moral failure this week...
#ableg #abvote
...after he stubbornly refused to condemn the retrograde, hateful views that pervade his team, and after he proposed a plan that puts vulnerable children in harms way to appease religious extremists that back his party...

May I ask why? #ableg #abvote
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Hi again, Duncan.

As I just told you on the phone, I’m grateful that you picked up & took my call but I was pretty surprised when you hung up on me.

As I said, I would like to ask you to please post the financial statements for @ProgressAlberta at your website.

@duncankinney
Duncan,

As I said on the phone, I notice that @ProgressAlberta has been funded via Tides as part of The Tar Sands Campaign to LAND-LOCK Canadian oil & keep it out of overseas markets.

2016: US$38,599
2017: US$24,282

Tax records attached.

My questions are ...
.... Duncan,

1) Has @ProgressAlberta received $ from:
- New Venture Fund
- Tides Canada Initiatives
- Renew Canada

2) Would you pls post financial statements for @ProgressAlberta on-line?

Given that you are campaigning hard, these are fair questions, no?
@duncankinney #abvote
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This is an interesting poll, and like all the other more-recent polls, it has some wrinkles that deserve to be unpacked.
#ableg #abvote #abpoli
The published document includes the questionnaire, the cross-tabs, etc, which is super-awesome because it helps shed some light on why different polls might yield different results. Often these details are hidden behind a paywall.
#ableg #abvote #abpoli
I believe this is a commissioned poll (for the Global Petroleum Show?) as well, like the recent EKOS poll (which was commissioned for Unifor). These tend to get excluded from poll-aggregators for a few good reasons:
#ableg #abvote #abpoli
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FrogBlog: My thoughts on the UCP platform commitments on climate change. andrewleach.ca/uncategorized/… #ableg #abvote #cdnpoli
TL;DR: The UCP platform is a systematic walk-back of some of the most important climate change initiatives in Alberta, an effort to perpetuate myths about other initiatives and, I believe, a gift to those opposed to Alberta’s energy sector. #ableg #cdnpoli
Note: As in the post, I've got a personal stake here as many of these policies being rolled back were policies I worked to design. Take this as sour grapes if you like, but this is an issue I've worked on for many years. I hope you'll read the arguments. 3/
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I don’t usually comment extensively on other parties’ policies, but this Alberta Party policy is so full of gobbledygook, irresponsible & dangerous, & shows a real lack of understanding of how our country works, & even common sense!
#ableg #abpoli #abvote

albertaparty.ca/standing_up
“It will also give the provincial government more tax policy flexibility, enabling it to pursue creative tax credits and incentives.”

We already have the power to write all our tax policy. The federal Govt only collects personal income taxes to save us money on the bureaucracy.
“The move will put approximately $11 billion back under direct Alberta control, which can pay for schools, hospitals & other provincial services...”

This is intentionally misleading and dangerous rhetoric. All $11 billion IS controlled & spent by Alberta. This isn’t “new” money.
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Kenney is in Turner Vallery today to speak on energy sector job creation. As is the trend with #abvote campaign events from all parties (I believe Notley was 40 min late the other day? Quite the dillydallying), he is late. And no, I will never tire of pointing this out. #ableg
He was less than 10 minutes late this time! Colour me impressed. At this rate he'll for sure be on time by Election Day. #ableg #abvote
OK! Kenney says the US is now a net oil exporter. He says global consumption of oil has increased by 10% over the last decade, but b/c of the Trudeau-Notley alliance (drink) we are living through an oil jobs crisis #ableg #abvote
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Hello #abvote pals! This afternoon, ex-@Alberta_UCP leadership candidate Jeff Callaway (& others) will ask a judge to halt the election commissioner’s investigation into his campaign. I’ll tweet from court, follow along here. Background: thestar.com/calgary/2019/0… #ableg #abpoli
The hearing is set for 2 p.m. If you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about, you can get caught up with the latest on this here: thestar.com/edmonton/2019/… #abvote #abpoli #ableg
Of note: this hearing is about the election commissioner’s investigation. We know the RCMP are also looking into aspects of Callaway’s campaign, but as far as I know, we’re not here to talk about that. Just election commissioner.
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