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
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
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
“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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
Just when you thought you’d seen it all the Wildrose Official Opposition upped the ante on red-baiting. They’re using Members’ Statements, a part of the Legislature’s Daily Order of Business, to push their “NDP-are-commies” narrative. Members’ Statements Members’ Statements give … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Wildrose Sips Leninade. Really?
Suing the Catholic Church is like throwing Jello at the wall, it’s a mess but not much sticks. Thousands of Canada’s First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Inuvialuit joined in a class action seeking compensation for the abuse they suffered in … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Catholic Church’s Last Chance
The NDP government unveiled its budget on Thursday. The conservatives reacted as if the government dropped a neutron bomb on the people. Wildrose leader Brian Jean worried that parents driving their kids to hockey practice would end up in the … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Notley’s Budget: Myths and Facts
This week the conservatives spun Murray Edwards’ decision to move to England and Vicki Kaminski’s decision to leave Alberta Health Services for a job in Australia to convince Albertans to ditch the NDP. The spin looked like this: Facts [Edwards/Kaminski … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: How the Conservatives Spun Murray Edwards and Vicki Kaminski
Ms Soapbox was trolling through Hansard searching for signs of intelligent life under the Dome when she discovered (sandwiched between the Wildrose Opposition’s accusation that the Premier appointed a Soviet-era communist to serve as her deputy chief of staff and … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: It’s Time for the Soapy Awards!