Jason Kenney is an economic illiterate. On one hand, he says we need to bring back economic growth to save Alberta. That’s true. But on the other hand, he wants to slash public spending by 20 percent during a recession. That will suppress growth, not promote it. #AbLeg #abpoli
Almost every jurisdiction in the world understands that this is NOT the time for budget cuts and austerity. In fact, the IMF recently concluded that public sector spending is the BEST way to spur economic growth in times like these.
In case you can’t read the small print, it says that increasing public sector spending by 1% increasing economic growth by 2.7% (which is a huge return on investment). In other word, Kenney wants to do exactly the OPPOSITE of what’s needed.
Kenney’s arrogance and his stubborn adherence to discredited right-wing economic dogma is going to turn a punishing recession in our province into a full-blown depression.
And yet, Kenney continues to swagger and bluster. No other serious leaders anywhere in the world are doing what he’s proposing to do, but he pretends that he knows better. He doesn’t. And we’re all going to pay the price for his arrogance and ideological blindness.

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Yesterday, UCP delegates voted overwhelmingly to “make Alberta a Right-to-Work jurisdiction.” These are the laws used by right-wingers in the US to suppress wages and break the bargaining power of workers. We can’t allow them to import these toxic laws to Canada. #AbLeg #abpoli ImageImage
What are Right-to-Work laws? They are laws designed to shatter worker bargaining power (in the workplace and on the political stage) by weakening unions so much that they can no longer act as an effective counterbalance to the power of billionaires and corporations.
Is the US, where right-wing politicians and their corporate backers have championed these laws, RTW has suppressed wages, destroyed the middle class and allowed corporations and the wealthy to dominate the political agenda ... at the expense of everyone else.
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If it wasn’t for CERB, millions of Canadians (including many Albertans) would not have been able to pay their rent or mortgage or keep food on their tables. It was also key to our success in keeping COVID infection rates down AND keeping our economy afloat. Getson doesn’t get it.
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Here’s an renowned expert emphasizing the importance of the CDC’s new guidance on aerosols.
Here’s another expert who specializes in aerosols and safety in indoor environments.
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When someone’s “choice” has an impact on someone else’s life or health, it ceases to be a “choice” issue. FFS!
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“One of the big tools of authoritarian regimes is to humiliate the opposition in the mind of the public so that they're not viewed as a credible or legitimate alternative.” Sound familiar?
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