Let's say the 'yes' vote compels other governments to the negotiating table (which would be of their own volition, because the "Secession Reference" argument is entirely invalid).
Let's say the federal government concedes and gives Alberta more transfer dollars (which is unlikely, given the Harper-era fiscal reforms already netted AB over $1B / year extra, the Trudeau govt bought TMX, reformed stabilization...).
It's unfortunate to see the UCP government continue to drive a wedge between public & private-sector workers. It's a timeworn tactic in Alberta & a hallmark of right-wing parties across the globe. But it comes at a particularly bad time for our province. (Thread)
Folks like Barbara have seen this show before. But, like her, many of us sense a difference this time around. The depth, speed, and tenor of the cuts make them seem more malicious than necessary.
This goes beyond perception. The Premier has made his thoughts about public servants quite clear. In this video (see 3:05 mark), he hints it's time for public servants to feel the same pain that private-sector workers have. ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1…
I just finished screening dozens of applications to join our MA programs in Political Science at #UAlberta. Here's what struck me most. (Thread)
Application numbers are up this year. Way up. Especially among people who completed their BAs over a decade ago. The pandemic and economic downturn have a lot of people seeking to return to school. Our provincial govt is slamming the door on most of them.
Some lessons for future applicants, based on the top files I reviewed:
GPA matters, but it's not everything. Meeting the minimum standard is a must. But strong, authentic, targeted letters of intent and reference can go a long way to support a strong application w/ a lower GPA.
With Alberta about to embark on a constitutional referendum in less than a year, it's important to understand what's at stake (and what's not).
This gambit isn't about the equalization principle in the constitution, let alone the formula. (Thread) #ableg#cdnpoli
To some observers, this equalization referendum is the Kenney government's attempt to change the channel on its handling of the pandemic and economy...
...by shifting blame to the federal government and the rest of Canada.
The premier has publicly admitted that this referendum is not really about removing the equalization principle from the constitution. That would require the consent of Parliament and other provincial governments (many of whom receive equalization payments).
We can learn a lot about who politicians refer to as their "friends". In speeches & responses to questions, the people they choose to mention offer us insight into whose interests they're considering. (Thread) #ableg#COVID19AB
A few weeks ago, Premier Kenney talked about his encounter with a small business owner, who thanked him for his reluctance to lock down the economy. calgary.ctvnews.ca/venezuelan-res…
In the same press conference, he mentioned his "friend" the ICU nurse. She was concerned about the health care system's capacity to withstand another surge of #COVID19AB cases.
Part 1 will explore theoretical and empirical insights gleaned from early research on the pandemic, including studies of political behaviour, public administration, political theory, and other subfields. Completed studies and research designs are welcome.
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(And to state the obvious: looking at Alberta through the eyes of Joe is wrought with issues intersectionality. It helps us understand why, for instance, the government fails to see the #shecession as a problem, let alone one worth solving.)
Or why they feel emboldened to hire curriculum advisors that seek to whitewash Alberta history, to create a War Room, to take on doctors & fill ICUs during a pandemic... Put simply: the UCP doesn't think Joe Albertan cares about those issues more than jobs and the economy. #ableg
The thing is: our research shows that Joe is not the median Albertan voter. Joe is who we think the average Albertan is. But he is not an aggregation of Albertan attitudes. He's a myth.
"Was moved back into office in July so that GOA can lead by example on showing it’s safe with proper PPE, etc. We have Skype meetings now with people from other cubicles on the same floor but still have to go in when everyone on my floor can work from home. Pointless!"
"Have been working 6 days per week, 3 weeks out of each month for 8 months. No overtime pay. Forced to come into the office, even though I could work from home. Been denied vacation 3 times. And being told my boss wants my pay cut by 4%."
All universal healthcare systems allow some private provision of services, including Canada. This means Canadians with employer-provided insurance and deeper pockets get better care. This is unequal, but not the "tiered" system promoted in Policy 11.
Most mainstream parties frame this hybrid system as a necessary evil, emphasizing the importance of preserving the public component.
Policy 11 promotes the virtues of the private component, and calls for a new/expanded "Private Tier".