Hinshaw blames Alberta's fourth wave trajectory on 'open for summer' plan calgary.ctvnews.ca/hinshaw-blames… She says that removing restrictions sent the wrong message to Albertans that Covid was over. Hinshaw also says evidence from BC is that vaccine mandates work.
Lets be clear this was not an unforeseen event. There were dire warnings at the time that "Open for Summer" was premature. Kenney explicitly said that he did not anticipate a negative scenario. Critics were labelled fear mongers and NDP shills.
Alberta, based on ICU numbers, is being hit harder right now than at any time during the pandemic. Where is the policy learning? Why the cherry-picking of the most optimistic data and scenario?
Having Hinshaw apologize is a step forward. But real accountability would be the Premier appearing in public to accept responsibility (instead of hiding). And changing the people who were making these bad decisions. Decisions that are killing people.
Why hasn't Hinshaw resigned? Why hasn't Shandro resigned? Why aren't members of the cabinet (I'm looking at you Savage, Schweitzer, Toews) resigning on a point of principle?
Most importantly why hasn't Kenney resigned after bungling the second wave, the third wave, and especially the fourth wave? Who demonized critics. Who took the most optimistic path. Who blamed others.
Last week AHS added surge capacity to ICU. Do we have to wait for the surge capacity to become overwhelmed? Do we need ICUs to turn into even more deaths? Do we need more medical procedures delayed, leading to more health care problems down the road?
When is it enough?

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9 Aug
. @jvipondmd asked for a political scientist to weigh in on whether party donations are a factor in an expert providing comment in their field. Others subsequently asked me to comment. Here are my thoughts.
Lets begin with facts. The amount of donations over years is relevant. Based on Elections Alberta, here is what I found:
2021 0
2020 $1k
2019 0 (election)
2018 $3k
2017 $1.2k
2016 $1.2k
2015 $8000 (election)
2014 $1k
2013-2004 0
So $15.5k over eight years. But none in the 2019 election year. I would put a hard core partisan as someone who donated maximum every year and would not skip an election year.
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7 Jul
I remain perplexed by the absence of Kenney (or even McIver) at today's Green Line announcement. They committed $1.5 billion (finalized only minutes before the press conference), but did not show up to the good news photo op. This is something that all politicians LOVE.
Yes Kenney dislikes Nenshi and Trudeau, but politicians normally put those aside for these type of ribbon cutting/sod turning/spending announcements.
Kenney's absence was conspicuous and becomes part of the story. It also opened the door for both Trudeau and Nenshi to criticize him (which they did). Had he been standing next to them, they would have kept quiet.
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5 Jul
I may be a simple political scientist, and not an economist, but I am unclear how increasing an ownership stake in a $26 billion facility doesn't cost you anything and in fact saves you $2 billion. I have questions.
I do know that former AB Finance Minister Ted Morton and @andrew_leach have been very critical of the Sturgeon refinery. Believe that they both used the word "boondoggle."
I also know that @jkenney in his CTF days and as UCP leader pre-2019 election rallied against govt investing in businesses. facebook.com/kenneyjasont/v…
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2 Jun
I just spoke to @edmontonjournal about this. Apparently it is now in the public domain. This could be worse than travel-gate because it is the Premier and Health Minister at the table.
Also, according to current covid restrictions: Outdoor gatherings must not have an indoor component (movement in/out of homes is not permitted).
So unless the ministers scaled the wall aka spiderman, they have violated another restriction.
Premier and the most important ministers: Shandro (health), Toews (finance), Nixon (environment and govt house leader). Celebrating the second dose announcement and re-opening plan.
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8 Apr
I know there are people convinced that the public letter from 15 (now 17) UCP MLAs is some sort of 3D strategic chess from Kenney. I'm sorry I don't buy it. What Premier wants 25%+ of his caucus in public revolt over govt handling of the most important issue facing the province?
The letter reflects an internal battle within the UCP caucus for months that has now gone public. It also illustrates the rural/urban and ideological splits that we have seen in polling data.
This defiance also illustrates the dropping overall support of the UCP. You wouldn't get backbenchers going public like this if the UCP were leading in the polls.
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31 Oct 19
Others will have better commentary on the business aspects of Encana's decision to move HQ to US. But here are some initial thoughts on the politics.
Alberta Energy Company was created as a provincial crown corporation by Lougheed to invest in oil & gas sector, but more importantly to ensure that the AB govt had a window on the sector.
In this respect, and despite their numerous major differences, Lougheed's motivations with AEC was similiar to Pierre Trudeau and Petro-Canada.
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