|"See! There's no one on that plane, Dave." (not actual quote)|
Premier Dave Hancock with former premier Alison Redford, who stepped down during this legislature session, in a FILE PHOTO. (EDMONTON SUN/File)
Oh, but you thought there were always more people on those flights. Riiight.
No longer will Alison Redford, now known as the worst premier in Alberta's history (Canada too?), have her name and face on the side of the party bus. She's been thrown under it. No longer premier and now no longer MLA (not like she was showing up anyway), and now the RCMP are going to investigate.
Such is life in the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
What perfect timing too though, eh? They should thank Redford for this nice distraction.
Nice distraction? From what? What do I mean?
Let us not forget how this party built up a coalition of ATA and AUPE folks to vote for them and Redford in the last election by promising money and stuff only to have them turn around and stab them in the backs by freezing their wages and benefits. But then. THEN! Then just a couple weeks ago, these PCs quietly turn around again and GIVE THEMSELVES THE VERY SAME RAISE those employees were to get.
Did you vote for the PCs last election? Nice going.
PCAA president, (who cares what his name is), then says it was Redford's "personal choices that led to her demise".
Was it really? Do you really think we're that stupid? Did any of you do anything to stop it while it was happening? And while it was happening, how did you not know? Seriously, Doug Horner, how did you not know? You're the provincial treasurer. Are you that incompetent too? You must be since the province has been mired in deficits and debt for many many years now, yet our population and tax base have increased well over other provinces. Not only that, but Albertans are working longer hours than before.
Don't let the PCs fool you. Don't let leadership "newcomer" Prentice, McIver or Lukazuk convince you it's going to be different under their watch. It's not just about Redford's "personal choices". It's the entire culture of entitlement of that party and total disregard for taxpayer's money and voting support. The wink wink. The nudge nudge.
It's the same party that allowed school boards and towns to pay for party fundraising dinners without any accountability on these illegal donations.
It's the same party that's been in government for 43 years.
It's the same party that elected Alison Redford as leader.
It's the same party that just might think we're stupid and won't notice.