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Susan on the Soapbox: Two Pipelines Approved: The Opposition Reacts (badly)

Do you have a headache?

Are you an Alberta conservative wondering how to react to Trudeau approving the Trans Mountain and Line 3 pipelines and, horrors, singling out Notley’s Climate Leadership Plan as being vital to getting to yes?

If so, your conservative leadership team has prepared a carefully considered, cogent response.

Here’s what it . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Two Pipelines Approved: The Opposition Reacts (badly)

Susan on the Soapbox: It’s Electricity Week…and the Opposition Won’t Stand for it

After the events of this week it’s unclear who the Opposition is standing for.

The NDP government announced it was:

settling the PPA dispute over the enforceability of the “Enron clause” with Capital Power, TransCanada and AltaGas, leaving Enmax the sole outlier, compensating Capital Power, TransAlta and ATCO for the early closure of six coal-fired . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: It’s Electricity Week…and the Opposition Won’t Stand for it

Susan on the Soapbox: Running on Half a Platform

Can we stop campaigning on half a platform?

Brian Jean and Jason Kenney are united in one thing—the conviction that they must free Alberta from the “socialists” and return it to its position of unparalleled greatness where it will once again become “the shining beacon of hope” to Canada if not the entire world.

. . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Running on Half a Platform

Susan on the Soapbox: Who Let the Monsters Out?

To paraphrase Mayor Nenshi, we must never forget how easy it is for a narcissist with a microphone to open the closet door and let the monsters out.

Donald Trump, a woefully inexperienced blowhard, defeated Hillary Clinton by legitimizing attacks against women, minorities and immigrants.

Donald Trump President-Elect

Jason Kenney, unlike Trump, isn’t openly . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Who Let the Monsters Out?

Susan on the Soapbox: Jason Kenney Takes a Page from the Donald Trump Playbook

Last night the Progressive Conservatives kicked off their leadership race in earnest.

As expected Jason Kenney urged party members to “unite Alberta” (ie destroy the PCs by merging them with the rebranded Wildrose party) while the other five candidates reassured attendees that the PC party could rise from the ashes.

It was a relief to . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Jason Kenney Takes a Page from the Donald Trump Playbook

Susan on the Soapbox: Ten Things We Learned from Trump’s Presidential Campaign

Barring a catastrophe Donald Trump will not become the 45th president of the United States.

At the risk of tempting fate Ms Soapbox would like to present a top 10 list of things we learned from Trump’s doomed presidential campaign.

The Top 10 List

TEN: The Republican Party is in desperate need of an overhaul: . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Ten Things We Learned from Trump’s Presidential Campaign

Susan on the Soapbox: Sandra Jansen is right, there are Progressive Conservatives in Alberta

Yippee!

Sandra Jansen just confirmed she’s running for the leadership of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative party. This is good news because her campaign will test Jason Kenney’s assertion that there’s no such thing as a progressive conservative.

Kenney is peddling the line that there are only two kinds of people in Alberta—small “c” conservatives who . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Sandra Jansen is right, there are Progressive Conservatives in Alberta

Susan on the Soapbox: “Post-truth” Politics in Alberta

Albertans can learn a lot about the importance of truth in politics from the Trump/Clinton presidential race.

Political lies have moved beyond “misstatements” for which politicians “take full responsibility” and (sort of) apologize, to “truthiness”, a term coined by Stephen Colbert for a lie that appeals to a voter’s feelings, not reason.

A “truthy statement” . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: “Post-truth” Politics in Alberta

Susan on the Soapbox: Air Horn Politics

“We’re all seriously suffering from a kind of Trump derangement syndrome…he uses up so much of the oxygen and it’s like having…a big air horn installed in your head and you just can’t get away from it.”— Garry Trudeau, the … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Air Horn Politics

Susan on the Soapbox: Another Fine Mess: Thanks Stevie

It turns out the famous Laurel and Hardy phrase “here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into” is a misquote.  What Oliver Hardy really said to the hapless Stan Laurel was “here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten us into”. At … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Another Fine Mess: Thanks Stevie

Susan on the Soapbox: Who should govern in times of significant disruption?

Chris Kutarna says this is the best time in history to be alive.  We’re healthier, wealthier and better educated than at any other time in history…so why are we so miserable? Kutarna is a Fellow at the Oxford Martin School … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Who should govern in times of significant disruption?

Susan on the Soapbox: Brian Jean Makes a Joke

Two things happened this week that reflect very poorly on the judgment of Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean and his supporters. The first was The Joke.  The second was his apology for The Joke. Let’s take them in turn. The … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Brian Jean Makes a Joke

Susan on the Soapbox: Trump and the Nukes

We’re so focused on Donald Trump’s race-baiting rhetoric that we’ve almost forgotten that if elected this man will have the nuclear codes at the tips of his stubby little fingers. This is a serious concern for 50 Republican security officials … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Trump and the Nukes

Susan on the Soapbox: The K-Bro Linen Flap

Would someone snap a wet towel at the Opposition please? The Opposition is upset because Sarah Hoffman, the Health Minister, wants to see a business case on alternatives before she agrees to outsource the province’s healthcare laundry services to K-Bro … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The K-Bro Linen Flap

Susan on the Soapbox: PPAs and the Master Narrative in Alberta

The American Press Institute (API) describes pack journalism,” now known as “the master narrative,” as a story line the press corps en masse is telling or repeating. The API warns that master narratives can become a “trap or rut” and … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: PPAs and the Master Narrative in Alberta

Susan on the Soapbox: The NDP’s Power Play: Myths and Facts

Alberta’s NDP government wants to save Albertans $2 billion and the Wildrose, the Progressive Conservatives and the media are churning up a dust storm of misinformation trying to stop them. Let’s take it from the top, shall we? Klein deregulates … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The NDP’s Power Play: Myths and Facts

Susan on the Soapbox: Jason Kenney: Alberta’s Very Own Music Man

Like the Music Man, Jason Kenney blew into town with a message: We’ve got trouble folks! Trouble with a capital “T” that rhymes with “P” and that stands for “Progressive!” The Music Man says we don’t need no “accidental government” … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Jason Kenney: Alberta’s Very Own Music Man

Susan on the Soapbox: Brexit and Trump: It’s All Your Fault

Ms Soapbox was just getting her head around the fact that Donald Trump was her fault when they blamed her for Brexit. Wait, what? Political philosophers and journalists on both sides of the Atlantic point out that not everyone who … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Brexit and Trump: It’s All Your Fault

Susan on the Soapbox: Four Things We Learned From Brexit

What was he thinking? The UK, with or without Scotland and Northern Ireland, is leaving the EU, but first it has to slog through two harrowing years extricating itself from its most important market (44% of all of the UK’s … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Four Things We Learned From Brexit

Susan on the Soapbox: Responding to Orlando

Can we talk about that which cannot be named? On June 12 forty-nine people were massacred at a nightclub in Orlando. Alberta’s political leaders expressed their horror at the senseless slaughter. All but one of the politicians recognized that the … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Responding to Orlando

Susan on the Soapbox: Rachel Notley and the Wonder Women

Anyone who thinks women are too emotional and unpredictable for a life in politics hasn’t met Rachel Notley and the Wonder Women. Ms Soapbox had the pleasure of meeting some of the Wonder Women this weekend at the NDP Convention. … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Rachel Notley and the Wonder Women

Susan on the Soapbox: The Wildrose and PCs Weigh In On Medically Assisted Dying

We’ve seen a lot of fireworks in the Alberta Legislature but nothing can match the rhetoric and misinformation that characterized the response of the Wildrose (and to a lesser extent the Progressive Conservatives) to the government’s motion to regulate medical … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Wildrose and PCs Weigh In On Medically Assisted Dying

Susan on the Soapbox: The Wildrose Vision (such as it is)

Brian Jean, leader of the Wildrose party, has a vision for uniting Alberta’s conservatives. It’s based on “the best elements” of Peter Lougheed and Ralph Klein’s legacies and rejects the “liberal drift” and “questionable ethics” that forced Wildrose members out … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Wildrose Vision (such as it is)

Susan on the Soapbox: The Fort McMurray Wildfire: Another Wasted Opportunity for the Wildrose

On May 10, Danielle Larivee, minister of Municipal Affairs, welcomed Wildrose MLAs Brian Jean and Tany Yao back to the Legislature. They’d been in Fort McMurray surveying the damage from the wildfire. Mr Jean received a standing ovation. He personally … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Fort McMurray Wildfire: Another Wasted Opportunity for the Wildrose

Susan on the Soapbox: What We Learned from the Fort McMurray Wildfire

The government calls it MWF-009. Darby Allen, the regional fire chief of Wood Buffalo, calls it The Beast. Regardless of what it’s called the Fort McMurray wildfire is erratic, unpredictable and extremely dangerous. It was spotted on Sunday May 1; … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: What We Learned from the Fort McMurray Wildfire