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Jun 11 10 tweets 2 min read
When conservatives cut taxes, when Harper and the CPC cut taxes, they did 2 things. They cut corporate taxes on sucessful profitable companies. And they created tax credits that only people who made enough money could use. For example, the child sport tax credit. If you
#cdnpoli can't afford to put your kid in sports, no tax cut for you! Because clearly the family that needs tax cuts is the one that has 3 kids in hockey, right? Of course the people with 3 kids in hockey will say "yeah, that credit helped", but would they have had to pull their kids out
Jun 11 20 tweets 4 min read
It absolutely stands to reason that the extremely wealthy are opposed to anything that will shave even a tiny bit from their enormous holdings. That their descendants for generations will never have to lift a finger for themselves is of no consequence. There is a thing
#cndpoli that afflicts the very wealthy, you see. There is no such thing as "enough". A lot of us breathe a great sigh of relief when we crunch the numbers and see that we will have enough for this month. Enough to pay the rent, buy food, pay for transportation and utilities, etc...
Jun 11 28 tweets 6 min read
It's really quite disheartening. Every day in Alberta, something new happens that just makes things seem worse. We have a bunch of very loud, very angry people who don't know how things work (but they think they do) living in ditches by major roadways. We have a most
excellent and dedicated public servant, Shannon Phillips, who has been bullied pretty much continuously since she was first elected (including by the POLICE in her constituency) and has now had enough. We have people for whom it is not enough to refuse to get vaccinated
Jun 11 7 tweets 2 min read
Journalists, and even opinion column writers (like @sunrickbell) have no business stoking public anger and putting politicians they dislike in danger. And while they may deny any culpability ("people do what they want, I'm not telling them what to do"), nevertheless, we all know that when some people read that someone in the newspaper is saying this person is bad and hurting the community, they believe it, even if it is only an "opinion". Some people can't really separate "opinion" from fact. Or they can't be bothered to. And opinion writers need to
May 9 7 tweets 2 min read
If you die, they can't come for your organs all willy-nilly, even if your organs are desperately needed so a newborn baby can live. They just can't. Not unless you sign a donor card. As a corpse, you cannot be forced to sustain the life of another. #cdnpoli
Your next of kin can sign off on donating your organs, but you must be dead for that to happen. You cannot be made to save the life of anyone. Full stop. The government cannot decide you are going to donate a kidney to save someone. You have bodily autonomy. That means, you
May 9 17 tweets 4 min read
Should there be legislation laying out conditions when a surgeon can remove an appendix? Should there be laws about whether or not a broken bone can be set, a virus treated, or a cancerous tumour excised? Abortion is a medical procedure. We don't have laws about other
1/ medical procedures. We don't even have laws about whether or not vasectomies or lubal ligations are ok. Although I imagine some conservatives would like to legislate that next. On the one hand they say, "It's settled law", on the other hand, they say, "Canada is one of
Apr 24 18 tweets 4 min read
Now, I understand why rich folks, the ones with big houses, and second houses they can go to for a vacation, and big boats, and motorhomes, and multiple cars, and who jet off on nice vactions to places other than their cottages, don't like what they think
1/ #cdnpoli socialism is. Deep down, they are terrified that someone is going to try to take some of their stuff. They have visions of some large dirty family showing up on their doorstep and announcing that the government has sent them to live there. Or someone is going to come along
Apr 16 18 tweets 3 min read
Let's assume you are not a pilot, have never taken flying lessons. Do you believe you could fly a 747? Let's assume you are not a doctor, have never been to medical school. Do you believe you could successfully operate on a patient? So why do people who have never ...
#ableg 1/ been in graduate school, never done scientific research beyond grade 12 chemistry, think they know what the real researchers should be researching? Is Danielle Smith next going to be suggesting she should drive around the province telling ranchers and farmers
Dec 30, 2023 34 tweets 7 min read
I think we need to have a serious talk about predatory capitalism. This is going to be a rather long rant, so get comfy.
#cdnpoli #UBI #NeverVoteConservative #PredatoryCapitalism What this obscenely wealthy property developer is saying is monstrous. He says the quiet part out loud here. The uber wealthy want billions of people in poverty so they can grow their riches faster, and so workers will once again feel
Nov 18, 2023 18 tweets 4 min read
We need to recognize that the #CanadianMedia really wants a CPC government. Why would they want that?

Good question.

There are a number of plausible reasons. And we must recognize that it is entirely possible that more than one reason is true.
1/18 The first, simplest, and most obvious reason is that some journalists actually strongly support the right side of the political spectrum. So much so that they cannot contain their enthusiasm for Poilievre, etc, and they allow it to override any journalistic ethics
Oct 24, 2023 6 tweets 2 min read
WRT TBA's David Parker. He started out in politics working for Harper, right? Is he still working for Harper? Is the anti-Canada, Alberta separatist schtick actually Harper's agenda? From a big-picture perspective it fits with the CPC fire sale of Canadian assets... 1/ between 2005 and 2015. I mean, if you take Alberta out of the protection of the Canadian federation, how fast do you think all the natural resources, from water to coal, will be scooped up by multinational entities? And what's left over would have to beg to be 2/
Aug 23, 2023 11 tweets 2 min read
When your government announces it is setting up an entity, a "War Room" if you will, and putting a lot of public money into it every year, and specifically setting it up so no one can see what they are doing with that money, that should be a big red flag.
1/ #abpoli When they carefully and deliberately make it un -FOIPable, and somewhat outside the usual scrutiny governmental departments and agencies are subject to annually, with zero oversight except by their own members, that should be a big red flag.
Jun 9, 2023 25 tweets 5 min read
I think a lot about what my Dad would make of the world today. I think about what he would say about the CPC, UCP, Ford's PCs, the MB PCs... About what he would say about the way Canadian media (Canadian in name only, most of them being owned by a New Jersey Hedge Fund)
1/ Image slant their commentary, act as stenographers for conservative politicians, & generally try to steer the narrative to suit their owners', investors' and advertisers' goals.. I think I know how he would feel and react. I think he would be apoplectic, but incisively articulate
Jun 6, 2023 12 tweets 5 min read
"Wilson's ideal society, according to Gribben, would be run along biblical lines: same-sex marriage and abortion would be illegal; men would be in charge and women would be at home with the children."
cbc.ca/news/investiga… We are seeing a lot of this in Canada. The Take Back Alberta group in Alberta is taking over the UCP from the inside and seeks to control school boards and municipal councils as well as the provincial government. This Liberty Coalition is actively trying to do the same
May 27, 2023 15 tweets 4 min read
How can I explain why Danielle Smith's "public delivery" through for-profit suppliers is not a good thing?

Ok. Let's say a procedure costs $1,000. It's a nice round, easy to work with number. The procedure costs $1,000, which includes wages of doctors, nurses and other
1/15 healthcare professionals as well as support staff. It also includes any medications, materials (like sutures), and that fraction of depreciation on equipment. And it includes general overhead like building maintenance and keeping the lights and heat and water on.
May 26, 2023 7 tweets 2 min read
It's a funny thing. We now have "pundits", folks presented as having a superior understanding of politics, who comment on the day's events through the lens of their own biases, telling us what to think.
1/7 #cdnpoli #cdnpolitics I suggest this is not at all useful to society.

What would be useful is journalists who
a) say what happened or what was said by whom
b) explain how things actually work in the Canadian system or the facts of the situation at hand
c) point out any inconsistencies in
May 25, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
The past 4 years of UCP rule, and especially the past ~8 months of Danielle Smith as premier, have been exhausting and stressful. The almost daily outragous events can't have been good for anyone's blood pressure....
Can't we just have a nice boring government that works for the public and good things get done? Where we don't have to pay close attention all the time, braced against the next fiasco?
May 20, 2023 21 tweets 4 min read
I know that there are a bunch of Albertans who look at what Danielle Smith and the UCP want to do, even the parts they don't want to talk about, and they agree with all of it. There are Albertans who think the healthcare system should be privatized.
#AlbertaElection2023 1/21 Maybe they feel somehow that sick or injured people should have to pay to show them the error of their ways so they smarten up and don't do whatever it was again. Maybe it galls them to think that some of their tax dollars are helping someone else, maybe even
May 18, 2023 7 tweets 2 min read
"Food quality is down and the price is up" This was the news this morning about how privatizing AB hospital cafeterias has impacted food delivery. This is the exact and predictable effect of adding a profit motive to anything. Minimize costs and maximize revenue. This works the same for healthcare. The profit motive means that for-profit companies will do things as cheaply as possible and charge as much as possible. They are in the business of making profit. That's what they do. And it doesn't matter if they are manufacturing tires or
Apr 20, 2023 9 tweets 2 min read
In December 2018, the NDP Government of Alberta passed the Mental Health Services Protection Act to ensure that counsellors and people providing mental health treatment were certified. Prior to this, just anyone could take people's money and "treat" them. 1/9 #abpoli The Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta came into being. However, the UCP stalled the process of accrediting the professional organization, so it is still the case that anyone can claim to provide counselling services, without oversight. 2/9
Apr 20, 2023 6 tweets 2 min read
So, Stephen Harper has issued a video statement wherein he urges Albertans to vote UCP. One must assume he is onside with the TBA agenda. He has never liked Canada, but it seems almost traitorous to urge Albertans to vote for a separatist group. As we have discovered 1/6 #abpoli the Take Back Alberta organization is, and as we have also learned, TBA pretty much controls the UCP from the inside. The UCP is effectively run by the same people who blocked the border at Coutts and occupied Ottawa. And Harper thinks they are A-OK. This speaks volumes 2/6