While all conservative premiers are moving in the same direction - allowing more for-profit health care, encouraging private education, gutting environmental & labour laws - I think Kenney is the test balloon to see how fast this can be done to all of Canada if the CPC form gov't
Of all the conservative premiers, Kenney is the most ideologically driven, almost fanatical. And he really doesn't care much what people think. The others are a bit more timorous, worried about backlash. Kenney is going in guns blazing...
And, by conservative calculation, Alberta is the most ripe for harvesting. The far-right has a stronghold here, more so than any other province. There are fewer voices that will stand up and call the UCP out.
Because harvesting is what they are doing. They are taking our tax dollars and giving them to corporations. They are taking money from the most disabled. They are turning their backs on the addicted. They are pushing people off social assistance.
They are cutting back labour regulations and minimum wages, eliminating overtime pay, cutting environmental protections, opening the door to an increase in coal mining, making child labour appealing to employers, trying to grab our pension money from CPP...
Making public education less appealing, opening the door to two-tiered medicine, supporting for-profit health care, allowing insurance rates to skyrocket, opening the door to water harvesting and continuing to woo oil & gas companies to haul away our resources...
This is harvesting. They are harvesting everything of value in Alberta and giving it away to their friends in far-right corporations. They are driving jobs out of the province. And we don't hear a peep from the media about this because the far-right owns most of them.
They are preparing Albertans to be desperate enough to take lower wages. They are preparing Albertans to pay for their own health care or die. They are preparing Albertans to become economic slaves to big corporations. And UCP supporters embrace this wholeheartedly.
We are the testing ground. If we complain, they gaslight or claim we are victimizing them. They blame the NDP for any (valid) criticism of what they are doing. They are engaged in normalizing helplessness in the population.
Their online trolls bully the outspoken, trying to silence us. The MLAs attack private citizens who raise concerns. They have a $30M war room that is completely unaccountable to anyone. They have massive PACs flooding our media with pro-UCP ads.
This is NOT Normal. The behaviour of this UCP government is NOT normal. They are trying to make us think it is. To make us think cruelty to the province's most vulnerable is business as usual. To make us think we need a police force run by Kenney.
To make us believe some people are expendable because of age or ability or mental health condition. We are only human capital to them. And they seem ready to weed out "the weak", the negative balance individuals, to keep the captains of industry happy.
For the sake of our children and the future of this province, we need to WAKE UP. For the sake of Canada, we need to spread the word. What is happening now in Alberta will come to all if people keep on electing conservatives. #AlwaysVote #NeverVoteConservative #cdnpoli

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Seems like political suicide to say that about your constituents, eh? 1/25+
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