As signs point to a fed election being called very shortly, I’m honestly a little shocked the UCP actually played the kind of craven political games I suspected they would with the fed child care deal (worth $3.8 billion to Alberta). #ableg
I know this sounds naive as an Opposition MLA, but there’s still a part of me that thinks “come on…they may surprise me.” Honestly. Even after the last 2 years.

Because even if I never expected them to do it because it’s the right thing to do (that ship sailed long ago)…
I keep thinking about how so many people kept saying (back in 2019, when I was a newbie to politics) that Kenney was some kind of political genius. That he was incredible at strategy.
But denying Alberta the single most effective economic recovery policy, something that would immediately benefit families because of a hate-on for Trudeau? When 8 other provs/terrs, including conservative provinces, have put aside their egos & done it? That’s terrible strategy.
I mean, people criticize the Opposition for being too negative (I get that), but seriously, Kenney and the UCP live up to the lowest of expectations over and over and over. Even when we may (undeservedly) give them the benefit of the doubt.

I guess they’re consistent? #ableg

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15 Aug
The UCP’s failure to get a federal agrmt for $10/day child care signed before the election - something 8 other jurisdictions managed to do - is an epic failure of leadership by @jkenney.

And let’s be clear - this was the intent all along. 🧵#ableg
From the beginning, @jkenney deliberately mischaracterized the federal funding, falsely claiming it was only for “9-5, urban, institutionalized, union-run” child care & excluded for-profit providers. None of that was true. And they knew that. #ableg
When Albertans overwhelmingly expressed they desperately wanted & needed $10/day child care, they backed down a little and had @rebeccakschulz peddle out some word-salad stmts about being willing to negotiate. But that wasn’t true either. #ableg
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1 Mar
A silver lining of the pandemic has been the consensus around child care as sound economic policy.

Of course, this wasn't news to many. There's no greater barrier to women's workforce participation than lack of child care.

But now everyone was talking about it. 🧵#ableg
Back in the early days of the pandemic, @ArmineYalnizyan talked about the "she-cession" effect and that child care was key for economic recovery. Many other noted Cdn economists shared this call for child care to be at the forefront of recovery.…
Too many names to list, but I began following many who were regularly talking about this like @JenniferRobson8, @tammyschirle, @LindsayTedds, @mikalskuterud. Even noted conservative economist @KenBoessenkool was talking about prioritizing child care.…
Read 15 tweets
28 Jan
The UCP has won its legal battle against a former foster child, now single mother, to go ahead with cutting 500+ young people who grew up in govt care from supports to transition them to adulthood.

If this sounds cruel, it's because it is. 🧵#ableg…
These are young people who experienced significant trauma & by the very fact of growing up in care, don't have the natural family or financial supports needed to transition successfully. Supports were available until the age of 24 before the UCP cut it to age 22. #ableg
Let's take a moment to let it sink in that not only does the UCP wants to save $ on the backs of vulnerable young people, but they fought hard & spent significant resources to do it. At no point did they pause to reconsider whether this was the moral thing to do. #ableg
Read 8 tweets
27 Jan
Today, Minister @rebeccakschulz announced an additional $11.4 million of *federal dollars* for Alberta’s child care sector. Additional funding to support the sector is critical as many are struggling.

But let’s be clear about what this funding announcement means. #ableg
1) It's not provincial $$. It’s federal $$ taken from the remaining $25/day programs. They were only told they would lose this funding 3 weeks ago after having been refused approval to use it for its intended purpose - to improve quality of programming for their families. #ableg
2) Children’s Services continues to sit on ~$100-150 million of unspent dollars in their current childcare budget. The Minister has acknowledged she has unspent $$ in her budget but won’t say what or if she plans to invest it in Alberta’s child care sector.
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19 Jan
When the amended Early Learning & Child Care Act and Regulations are finally made available for all to see, here's some things to keep in mind:


#ableg #abpoli
The UCP eliminated accreditation last year, quality standards for child care. @rebeccakschulz committed to addressing it in the new legislation. That didn't happen. I tabled an amendment to expressly include quality standards in the legislation. The UCP voted that down. #ableg
I tabled amendments to recognize affordability & inclusiveness as critical for families, the important role of qualified & supported educators, children's right to access quality early learning & the importance of indigenous families & educators. The UCP voted these down. #ableg
Read 9 tweets
3 Jan
I've been an elected official for the same amount of time as the 5 (so far) UCP MLAs who decided that taking a warm vacation while telling Albertans to stay home was OK.

I've spent the last few days trying to figure out how in the world they came to that conclusion. #ableg

When you enter politics, you know your actions will rightfully be subject to public scrutiny. Not just because there's more attention, but also because you've asked the public to place their trust in you. You're expected to lead by example. Never more so than during a crisis.
Every day, I have moments where I reflect on my actions. Sometimes I'm sure I got it wrong. But the importance of that reflection has been heightened during the pandemic. It's brand new to all of us, I need to not only be seen to do the right thing, but I have to lead by example.
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