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  • Top_Dawg loves it.

    For all the squealing from the Kenney haters, even the left leaning Journal admits that ol' Big Arse is kickin' ***** in the approval ratings.

    https://edmontonjournal.com/news/can...d-64a5de9da4c6

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    • "Left leaning Journal"? Perhaps before they were bought by the National Post but certainly not since.

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      • Originally posted by kkozoriz View Post
        "Left leaning Journal"? Perhaps before they were bought by the National Post but certainly not since.
        Um, yeah. The Journal endorsed the UCP in the last election, so no, there is nothing noteworthy about their continued support for the party.

        The Journal was fairly left-wing in the 1980s, when Stephen Hume was the editor. Not sure how long that orientation lasted, but it certainly would have ended, or at least been curtailed, when it was sold to Hollinger in '96.

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        • Originally posted by Top_Dawg View Post


          Top_Dawg loves it.

          For all the squealing from the Kenney haters, even the left leaning Journal admits that ol' Big Arse is kickin' ***** in the approval ratings.

          https://edmontonjournal.com/news/can...d-64a5de9da4c6
          60%, I'm so glad that the sour left (leftover dippers) in particular are reading this..lol
          Animals are my passion.

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          • This message has been circulated among HSAA:
            “AHS has informed HSAA that it is exploring the following steps. Contracting out emergency, non-emergency and all patient transfer ambulance service, which will result in downsizing. FTE impact not known at this time.”

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            • Originally posted by overoceans View Post
              Originally posted by kkozoriz View Post
              "Left leaning Journal"? Perhaps before they were bought by the National Post but certainly not since.
              Um, yeah. The Journal endorsed the UCP in the last election, so no, there is nothing noteworthy about their continued support for the party.

              The Journal was fairly left-wing in the 1980s, when Stephen Hume was the editor. Not sure how long that orientation lasted, but it certainly would have ended, or at least been curtailed, when it was sold to Hollinger in '96.
              The editorial board review was atypical as far as reporting on the UCP.

              Anybody can check. Virtually 100% of Keith Gereins articles are resolutely attacking the UCP positions.

              Just look;

              https://edmontonjournal.com/author/k...monton-journal

              He's just a columnist, I just ignore anything he has to say as its resolutely biased. But virtually any of the News articles on the Leg read as opinionated as well and the bylines and articles usually reflect that in giving the non ruling NDP more say than the actual UCP party in power. I get that the NDP are always squawking and they're easy sensationalist quotes but theres rarely a balance in those news articles and rarely time spend allowing the govt to explain their position or rationale. In anycase the news bylines are pre-emptively attacking UCP policy and positions the vast majority of the time. At least one would think titles could reflect a bit more balance.

              Today in the Journal on the front page the bylines are "UCP gunning for Union Jobs:Unions" and "United Nurses of Alberta jobs at jeopardy Unions brace for major cuts" The UNA byline runs like a Nurses paid advertisement. The coverage is chalk full of union opposition as if they are some un aligned objective source. The titles could be anything, but they are clearly sensationalist from the start. The titles could just as easily read "UCP looking to cut costs and considering all options" But those aren't the titles. The titles are quite clearly "gunning" for the UCP.

              Heres another in the Journal today; " Firing of elections commissioner not a cost-saver, Elections Alberta budget shows"

              I no longer subscribe to EJ so its behind a pay wall and I'm unsure if the title is substantiated.

              Gerein himself is at it again with "Attacks on educators get F for Fallacy"

              These are all the provincial govt related articles in the EJ today and they are ALL anti UCP position and almost always are.
              Last edited by Replacement; 30-11-2019, 12:56 PM.
              "if god exists and he allowed that to happen, then its better that he doesn't exist"

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              • Originally posted by nobleea View Post
                . But they'll contract out to private providers at an inflated cost, so just think of the money!
                Citation for this please.

                I've been in contracted positions at different times in my career and those positions have always involved MORE front line services benefitting clients and at less cost.

                Union positions are always paid higher than contracted out positions. Union members also have health care coverage and luxury pension matching pay outs or plans. Private sector and contractors typically have none of that. The only extra cost in contracting out is the amount paid to any intermediary company engaged in the contracting, if there is one, and which is contract negotiable and never in excess of full expenses paid out to support union positions.

                Next, contracting out health services allows much more work to be done with clients, in homes, and with far less hospital bed and room and per diem expenses incurred in the running of hospitals.

                Further, austerity measures and belt tightening frequently find where inefficiencies, redundancies, and flat out poor expenditures exist in auditing of Govt bloat. Curiously what happened during Klein era cuts is that while some services and positions were curtailed the client direct service results can be better. For instance home based Childrens Services family counseling provisions STARTED in the 90's and were financially palatable and family beneficial allowing more families to continue to parent in home and incurring less children in care (far more expensive and traumatic), in home services were more proactive and put a priority on preventative services.


                Again please support your nonsensical position that private contracting will cost more on a per patient per service basis.
                Last edited by Replacement; 30-11-2019, 12:40 PM.
                "if god exists and he allowed that to happen, then its better that he doesn't exist"

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                • Originally posted by overoceans View Post
                  Originally posted by kkozoriz View Post
                  "Left leaning Journal"? Perhaps before they were bought by the National Post but certainly not since.
                  Um, yeah. The Journal endorsed the UCP in the last election, so no, there is nothing noteworthy about their continued support for the party.

                  The Journal was fairly left-wing in the 1980s, when Stephen Hume was the editor. Not sure how long that orientation lasted, but it certainly would have ended, or at least been curtailed, when it was sold to Hollinger in '96.
                  They also were trying to be part of Kenney's "War room" propaganda effort.

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                  • Originally posted by Drumbones View Post
                    Sober today. Sorry for the remarks.
                    Just kidding. I don’t drink. Thinking of starting though.
                    Last edited by Drumbones; 30-11-2019, 01:20 PM.
                    Just enjoying another day in paradise.

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                    • Originally posted by kkozoriz View Post
                      Originally posted by overoceans View Post
                      Originally posted by kkozoriz View Post
                      "Left leaning Journal"? Perhaps before they were bought by the National Post but certainly not since.
                      Um, yeah. The Journal endorsed the UCP in the last election, so no, there is nothing noteworthy about their continued support for the party.

                      The Journal was fairly left-wing in the 1980s, when Stephen Hume was the editor. Not sure how long that orientation lasted, but it certainly would have ended, or at least been curtailed, when it was sold to Hollinger in '96.
                      They also were trying to be part of Kenney's "War room" propaganda effort.
                      I hope he kept them out of there
                      Just enjoying another day in paradise.

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                      • ^^ ^^^ ^^^^ ^^^^^

                        nothing like reasoned debate and discussion between open-minded and respectful individuals.

                        and nothing points that out more than its complete and utter absence.
                        Last edited by kcantor; 30-11-2019, 01:51 PM.
                        "If you did not want much, there was plenty." Harper Lee

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                        • Everyone who is surprised by this, raise your hand.

                          Firing of elections commissioner not a cost-saver, Elections Alberta budget shows

                          Resler, who is acting election commissioner since Monday, requested $8,756,000 for 2020-21 at a meeting of the standing committee on legislative offices on Friday, including $1,632,000 for compliance and enforcement duties taken on by Elections Alberta from Gibson’s office.


                          Gibson planned to request $1,554,001 before Bill 22 came into effect on Monday, $77,999 less than Resler’s ask to committee for the same duties.


                          Jerrica Goodwin, press secretary to Finance Minister Travis Toews, said in an email that approximately $390,000 would be saved in 2020-21, compared to 2019-20, by finding redundancies in IT and administrative costs in the office of the election commissioner.

                          But those reductions had already been accounted for by Gibson when he proposed his budget for 2020-21, the documents indicate.


                          Opposition ethics critic Heather Sweet said the budget request is evidence that Bill 22 was never about cost savings.


                          “The UCP fired the election commissioner, purely on the basis of trying to cover up the corruption that they have in this government,” said Sweet. “This is a purely partisan attack on an individual that was investigating the leadership race, and it’s shameful and Albertans have a right to be extremely concerned.”


                          “There is no cost savings for Albertans.”

                          https://edmontonjournal.com/news/loc...a-budget-shows

                          Under the elections legislation, the term in office for chief electoral officer expires 12 months after the election, which will be April 15 of next year. The UCP then gets to appoint their own chief electoral officer.

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                          • It's almost as if having all our eggs in one basket is a bad thing. Who knew?

                            Of course the UCP blames the NDP and lack of pipelines, totally ignoring what the economists actually said.

                            ​​​​​​Alberta's credit rating has been downgraded by Moody's, with the agency citing the volatility in the province's dependence on oil and continued fiscal pressures.

                            The province's rating was downgraded to Aa2 stable from Aa1 negative on Tuesday.

                            The downgrade, the agency states, reflects Moody's "opinion of a structural weakness in the provincial economy that remains concentrated and dependent on non-renewable resources … and remains pressured by a lack of sufficient pipeline capacity to transport oil efficiently with no near-term expectation of a significant rebound in oil-related investments."

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                            You know, until we can wean ourselves off of royalty revenues to fund government operations, we're going to be exposed to reports like this anytime oil prices fall.
                            - Trevor Tombe, University of Calgary
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                            ​​​​​​"In particular, this government just simply said, 'Well, it's the NDP's fault, they put us in a large deficit situation and we're trying to claw a way out and we haven't done it yet,'" Bratt said. "
                            The problem with that argument is the UCP already had an opportunity at producing a budget and it obviously did not impress Moody's because the deficit went higher than the previous."
                            https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calga...ting-1.5383294

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                            • https://www.thebeaverton.com/2019/12...rate-tax-cuts/

                              " Public advised of aggressive panhandler from Alberta who will probably just spend money on corporate tax cuts"

                              "At press time, Jason Kenney was demanding the rest of the country pay for an Alberta sales tax he refuses to implement"

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                              • But the Corporate tax cuts, and the abolition of the wasteful Alberta Investor tax credit program was supposed to create jobs!

                                http://calgaryherald.com/technology/...d-79c1a9a548be

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