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  • Originally posted by Stoneman View Post
    Originally posted by noodle View Post
    NDP Advanced Education Critic David Eggen warned the sweep was like a return to the days when former Progressive Conservative governments appointed their allies to agencies, boards and commissions. "This is a shameful return to the bad old days of cronyism and political favours given out in exchange for services and/or money," Eggen said.
    While the NDP named their allies to similar positions, Eggen claimed the system introduced by his government required prospective appointees to apply and undergo interviews.
    Eggen said the also NDP waited until terms ran out before naming people to positions.
    That's why. They're cutting short the terms of people who went through at least some sort of vetting process so they can stick their corporate buddies into the highest positions possible in public institutions as they see fit.

    New conservatives, same as the old conservatives.
    Lol, and the NDP didn't fill those positions with their union buddies and other allies when they came to power? So what if it happened sooner rather than later. And I can imagine the "interview process" done by the NDP was rather slanted towards any candidates they wanted in. Don't kid yourself, the people that were apppointed when the NDP "interviewed" them were dripping with orange colours. Eggan can claim whatever he wants. Sour grapes on your part, big surprise.
    You can have that opinion, but it was at least more transparent, and required actual justification and qualifications. They also waited until peoples terms were over, unlike the UCP.

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    • Originally posted by seamusmcduffs View Post
      Originally posted by Stoneman View Post
      Originally posted by noodle View Post
      NDP Advanced Education Critic David Eggen warned the sweep was like a return to the days when former Progressive Conservative governments appointed their allies to agencies, boards and commissions. "This is a shameful return to the bad old days of cronyism and political favours given out in exchange for services and/or money," Eggen said.
      While the NDP named their allies to similar positions, Eggen claimed the system introduced by his government required prospective appointees to apply and undergo interviews.
      Eggen said the also NDP waited until terms ran out before naming people to positions.
      That's why. They're cutting short the terms of people who went through at least some sort of vetting process so they can stick their corporate buddies into the highest positions possible in public institutions as they see fit.

      New conservatives, same as the old conservatives.
      Lol, and the NDP didn't fill those positions with their union buddies and other allies when they came to power? So what if it happened sooner rather than later. And I can imagine the "interview process" done by the NDP was rather slanted towards any candidates they wanted in. Don't kid yourself, the people that were apppointed when the NDP "interviewed" them were dripping with orange colours. Eggan can claim whatever he wants. Sour grapes on your part, big surprise.
      You can have that opinion, but it was at least more transparent, and required actual justification and qualifications. They also waited until peoples terms were over, unlike the UCP.
      The pigs can't wait to get their snouts into the trough again. I am sure they were shocked after 2015 that being a good Conservative donor did not count for everything anymore, after 40 years of thinking they were entitled to their entitlements. Well good news for now for them, I suppose.

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      • Everyone who is surprised by this, raise your hands. Now repeat after me "Trickle down doesn't work"

        Varcoe: Energy minister disappointed corporate tax cut has not yet boosted oilpatch jobs

        Alberta’s energy minister is “disappointed” petroleum producers haven’t boosted spending in the wake of the province lowering corporate taxes, but Sonya Savage is preaching patience — saying it will take time for the payoff to be felt.


        The UCP government reduced the corporate income tax rate by one percentage point to 11 per cent effective July 1, part of a plan to lower it to eight per cent by 2022 to ignite job creation.


        In second-quarter financial reports, several large oil and gas producers noted the impact on their bottom line. Only a few firms have increased spending plans that would create more employment.


        “Some of them are using it to buy back shares and to reposition (and) balance their books. It’s the same as when you come across a windfall as a private citizen, you pay down the mortgage,” Savage said in an interview.


        “We would like to see that money being invested into jobs. We’d like to see it being invested into projects; we’d like it to stay here in Alberta to create jobs.


        “So yeah, we are a little disappointed in seeing what decisions have been made on where that investment, where that money, goes. But that’s decisions of corporate boards.”

        https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/...f-fdd8003c9cb7

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        • Originally posted by kkozoriz View Post
          Everyone who is surprised by this, raise your hands. Now repeat after me "Trickle down doesn't work"

          Varcoe: Energy minister disappointed corporate tax cut has not yet boosted oilpatch jobs

          Alberta’s energy minister is “disappointed” petroleum producers haven’t boosted spending in the wake of the province lowering corporate taxes, but Sonya Savage is preaching patience — saying it will take time for the payoff to be felt.


          The UCP government reduced the corporate income tax rate by one percentage point to 11 per cent effective July 1, part of a plan to lower it to eight per cent by 2022 to ignite job creation.


          In second-quarter financial reports, several large oil and gas producers noted the impact on their bottom line. Only a few firms have increased spending plans that would create more employment.


          “Some of them are using it to buy back shares and to reposition (and) balance their books. It’s the same as when you come across a windfall as a private citizen, you pay down the mortgage,” Savage said in an interview.


          “We would like to see that money being invested into jobs. We’d like to see it being invested into projects; we’d like it to stay here in Alberta to create jobs.


          “So yeah, we are a little disappointed in seeing what decisions have been made on where that investment, where that money, goes. But that’s decisions of corporate boards.”

          https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/...f-fdd8003c9cb7
          I saw somewhere that 14,000 jobs were lost in Alberta since Kenney came to power. He spent years complaining about the economy under the previous government and implying it would magically turn around the moment he was elected. Now he is going to have to wear it and I think it will eventually start to get quite uncomfortable for Kenney and crew.

          That is one reason why I expect in a couple of years when Albertans are getting more restless with the languishing economy (for those who remember the Getty years, it was interesting to watch a initially quite popular government gradually go to the basement in the polls), Kenney will high tail it back to Ottawa, as soon as the Federal Conservative leadership opens up.

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          • It's almost as if the O&G sector react more the the price of oil than tax cuts. Who knew? Of course, for all we know, Notley and the NDP are continuing to manipulate the world price for oil.

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            • Why would the Kenny government expect to see a different reaction by businesses to tax windfalls than what happened when other businesses in different jurisdictions got tax breaks?

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              • Because 'Conservatives"

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                • Originally posted by SP59 View Post
                  Why would the Kenny government expect to see a different reaction by businesses to tax windfalls than what happened when other businesses in different jurisdictions got tax breaks?
                  The definition of insanity ... ?

                  However, I suspect Kenney doesn't really care, he has rewarded his friends and hopes they will help him out when he goes back to Ottawa again.

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                  • https://www.theprogressreport.ca/the...s_club_is_back

                    More than 40 per cent of the 61 people appointed to an agency, board or commission on Friday have donated to a conservative political party, leadership race or third party advertiser--and that’s not counting folks who’ve donated to conservative PACs through their business (we haven’t pulled all the corporate records yet.)
                    When Jason Kenney says he’s obsessed with job creation, it seems like he’s focused on jobs for a few specific people.
                    And before the "both sides" bootlickers come around

                    The Alberta NDP and Rachel Notley on the other hand took this file extremely seriously. They let terms expire for Tory hacks (Kenney just unceremoniously dumped them) before filling appointments. They cut perks and harmonized pay at these bodies for their senior staff – no more country club memberships. They encouraged diverse and working class folk to apply and they had a professional interview process.
                    Their approach contrasts in a big way with the Notley government’s fundamental respect for the institutions of power. Kenney doesn’t care about that. He’s got an unpopular austerity agenda he wants to force through as fast as possible so people forget about it by 2023 and he needs friendly, compliant allies, especially at the universities that are going to immediately eat it in the upcoming budget. To accomplish this political goal he quickly fired the NDP appointees and immediately installed his own cronies.
                    Giving less of a damn than ever… Can't laugh at the ignorant if you ignore them!

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                    • Yup, all legal and above board. That's why they used an envelope full of cash.

                      Kamikaze UCP candidate went from nearly broke to flush after getting envelopes with $60,000, documents allege
                      New details revealed of alleged scheme to circumvent election laws for Jeff Callaway's leadership campaign

                      Alberta's election commissioner alleges that the scheme unfolded as follows.

                      On Sept. 11, Davies met Lore in the lobby of Bankers Hall in downtown Calgary, outside the Royal Bank.

                      Lore then had his bank wire $60,000 to Davies' Royal Bank account, and then the two men entered the branch to withdraw the funds.

                      "Lore told the teller that Davies wanted to make some large withdrawals and they might need to speak to a manager," read the findings.

                      Lore handled that end of the transaction, according to the commissioner, and the bank manager complied with his requests.

                      Davies then withdrew bank drafts and cash in order to provide funds to those who had agreed to make straw donations.

                      The duo called Callaway, who arrived at the bank a short time later to collect an envelope of cash from Davies.

                      "This handoff happened inside the bank at your direction," read the findings against Callaway. "Davies was instructed to hand over the cash to you, and you would then give it to the straw contributors."

                      While the trio was still at the bank, Christopher Maitland showed up, received a bank draft for $3,000, walked into the CIBC branch within Bankers Hall and deposited the draft.

                      He then withdrew that amount in cash and walked back and gave the cash to either Davies or Callaway, according to the commissioner's findings.

                      ---

                      Kenney and Callaway's campaigns worked closely together, with direction coming from Kenney's team on everything from talking points to when Callaway would drop out of the race to support Kenney.

                      Both men deny the allegations, but CBC News has obtained emails and documents that outline the collaboration, including a resignation speech emailed to Callaway's team from Kenney's then-deputy chief of staff, Matt Wolf.

                      Wolf was recently rehired and joined the staff of the premier's office as director of issues management.

                      https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calga...kaze-1.5255041


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                      • Originally posted by kkozoriz View Post
                        Yup, all legal and above board. That's why they used an envelope full of cash.

                        Kamikaze UCP candidate went from nearly broke to flush after getting envelopes with $60,000, documents allege
                        New details revealed of alleged scheme to circumvent election laws for Jeff Callaway's leadership campaign

                        Alberta's election commissioner alleges that the scheme unfolded as follows.

                        On Sept. 11, Davies met Lore in the lobby of Bankers Hall in downtown Calgary, outside the Royal Bank.

                        Lore then had his bank wire $60,000 to Davies' Royal Bank account, and then the two men entered the branch to withdraw the funds.

                        "Lore told the teller that Davies wanted to make some large withdrawals and they might need to speak to a manager," read the findings.

                        Lore handled that end of the transaction, according to the commissioner, and the bank manager complied with his requests.

                        Davies then withdrew bank drafts and cash in order to provide funds to those who had agreed to make straw donations.

                        The duo called Callaway, who arrived at the bank a short time later to collect an envelope of cash from Davies.

                        "This handoff happened inside the bank at your direction," read the findings against Callaway. "Davies was instructed to hand over the cash to you, and you would then give it to the straw contributors."

                        While the trio was still at the bank, Christopher Maitland showed up, received a bank draft for $3,000, walked into the CIBC branch within Bankers Hall and deposited the draft.

                        He then withdrew that amount in cash and walked back and gave the cash to either Davies or Callaway, according to the commissioner's findings.

                        ---

                        Kenney and Callaway's campaigns worked closely together, with direction coming from Kenney's team on everything from talking points to when Callaway would drop out of the race to support Kenney.

                        Both men deny the allegations, but CBC News has obtained emails and documents that outline the collaboration, including a resignation speech emailed to Callaway's team from Kenney's then-deputy chief of staff, Matt Wolf.

                        Wolf was recently rehired and joined the staff of the premier's office as director of issues management.

                        https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calga...kaze-1.5255041

                        And that folks is how you would stage a coup in Alberta if you were so inclined (as in morally bankrupt).



                        Oh, but in this case it’s all a mistake and overreach.


                        Court documents detail how $60,000 flowed to UCP ‘kamikaze’ candidate

                        “On Aug. 2, Callaway filed an application for a judicial review of the penalties, claiming that election commissioner Lorne Gibson “incorrectly” or “unreasonably” exercised his powers. Callaway says the commissioner “demonstrated an abuse of authority” by interfering with the internal matters of a political party prior to an election period.”

                        https://calgaryherald.com/news/local...dates-campaign
                        Last edited by KC; 22-08-2019, 11:18 PM.

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                        • Originally posted by KC View Post
                          Originally posted by kkozoriz View Post
                          Yup, all legal and above board. That's why they used an envelope full of cash.

                          Kamikaze UCP candidate went from nearly broke to flush after getting envelopes with $60,000, documents allege
                          New details revealed of alleged scheme to circumvent election laws for Jeff Callaway's leadership campaign

                          Alberta's election commissioner alleges that the scheme unfolded as follows.

                          On Sept. 11, Davies met Lore in the lobby of Bankers Hall in downtown Calgary, outside the Royal Bank.

                          Lore then had his bank wire $60,000 to Davies' Royal Bank account, and then the two men entered the branch to withdraw the funds.

                          "Lore told the teller that Davies wanted to make some large withdrawals and they might need to speak to a manager," read the findings.

                          Lore handled that end of the transaction, according to the commissioner, and the bank manager complied with his requests.

                          Davies then withdrew bank drafts and cash in order to provide funds to those who had agreed to make straw donations.

                          The duo called Callaway, who arrived at the bank a short time later to collect an envelope of cash from Davies.

                          "This handoff happened inside the bank at your direction," read the findings against Callaway. "Davies was instructed to hand over the cash to you, and you would then give it to the straw contributors."

                          While the trio was still at the bank, Christopher Maitland showed up, received a bank draft for $3,000, walked into the CIBC branch within Bankers Hall and deposited the draft.

                          He then withdrew that amount in cash and walked back and gave the cash to either Davies or Callaway, according to the commissioner's findings.

                          ---

                          Kenney and Callaway's campaigns worked closely together, with direction coming from Kenney's team on everything from talking points to when Callaway would drop out of the race to support Kenney.

                          Both men deny the allegations, but CBC News has obtained emails and documents that outline the collaboration, including a resignation speech emailed to Callaway's team from Kenney's then-deputy chief of staff, Matt Wolf.

                          Wolf was recently rehired and joined the staff of the premier's office as director of issues management.

                          https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calga...kaze-1.5255041

                          And that folks is how you would stage a coup in Alberta if you were so inclined (as in morally bankrupt).



                          Oh, but in this case it’s all a mistake and overreach.


                          Court documents detail how $60,000 flowed to UCP ‘kamikaze’ candidate

                          “On Aug. 2, Callaway filed an application for a judicial review of the penalties, claiming that election commissioner Lorne Gibson “incorrectly” or “unreasonably” exercised his powers. Callaway says the commissioner “demonstrated an abuse of authority” by interfering with the internal matters of a political party prior to an election period.”

                          https://calgaryherald.com/news/local...dates-campaign
                          Reminds me of the good old PC days and the purported shopping bag full of cash in the 1990's exchanged in the parking lot of the Continental Inn in West Edmonton. Perhaps not much has changed, except now the location has become a bit more upscale and no secret Israeli bank account this time, at least not that has been discovered so far.

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                          • 'Politicians have to know better': Activist criticizes MLA for quoting Nazi in deleted tweet

                            In fairness, it's believable to me that Hunter didn't know that von Braun was a Nazi, since he(von Braun) was often talked about just as a rocket scientist, and these days isn't much talked about at all.

                            (And yes, I know the Tom Lehrer song.)

                            I'll also say it's quite likely that von Braun never said that.

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                            • Originally posted by overoceans View Post
                              'Politicians have to know better': Activist criticizes MLA for quoting Nazi in deleted tweet

                              In fairness, it's believable to me that Hunter didn't know that von Braun was a Nazi, since he(von Braun) was often talked about just as a rocket scientist, and these days isn't much talked about at all.

                              (And yes, I know the Tom Lehrer song.)

                              I'll also say it's quite likely that von Braun never said that.
                              von Braun was the reason the Americans got to the moon. He became a US citizen. Ford gave him the NAtional Medal of Science in 1975.

                              I liked his punny quote in the early 60's.
                              "There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program. Your tax dollar will go farther."

                              I don't know if von Braun actually said what the minister tweeted, but I don't understand why some got up in arms about tweeting about von Braun. If he quoted Himmler or Goebbels, that would be assinine. But von Braun? The guy's an engineering legend.

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                              • Did I hear the courts cleared Kenney of any wrong doing,but changed another guy?
                                Animals are my passion.

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