Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Leaders debate English 2019

Scheer was outstanding in as much as he shouted down his opponents continually. Other than that the typical Conservative name-calling.

Trudeau was just too polite in the face of the onslaught.  He covered 
SNC-Lavalin well enough did what he had to do to save 4600 jobs at risk going through the court system.   Trudeau won on points, Scheer won on shouting down his opponents, crude rude and desperate.  He passed lightly on Bill C69 which the Conservatives are trying to kill as a means to ending the Trans Mountain expansion.  If this happens, we lose 47 billion dollars a year in tax money, part of our CPP investments and the natives will lose their investments.

Francois Blanchet was a welcome surprise.  He gave up a lot of particulars on  PQ.  That province is on Hydro Electricity, the lowest carbon footprint of all.  They stand to make a lot of money in cap and trade deals, which they are doing now with California.

California uses two antiquated coal smokers for their power.   They however have these slated to go out in 2025.  This means their cap and trade deal with PQ won't be paying so well.  So, Mr Blanchet has suggested a cap and trade deal with the rest of Canada as a means of lowering our emissions as a country.  He went so far as to say they would do away with transfer payments if the rest of Canada would put up the cap and trade agreements.

The power company in California owns the coal mines in the Appellations where the fuel comes from. This change to natural gas is troublesome for Trump. 

Elizabeth May  was off on another moon shot with  Jagmeet Singh  on  killing the Trans Mountain Expansion.   They don't seem to recognize if we do not ship our oil into the market place, the US and 10 other nations will do so.   The Expansion is not adding to the climate crisis, in fact, the money from it 47 billion dollars in tax revenue, is needed to produce a green outcome!  Justin Trudeau reminded her of this and was shouted down by May shrilling on about extinctions.

In total the gold star goes to Jagmeet Singh on a quick response and accurate uptakes.

Friday, October 04, 2019

Scheer's US citizenship - not a nothing thing!

Many conservatives have US/Canada joint citizenship!  Harper, Presto Manning, members of the Fraser Institute Kenny.   They all would have to swear the US oath of Allegiance to get US citizenship.

"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America"

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Conservatives set The US Interests well ahead of Canada's!

Let's get this show back on track! The Global news will keep this party dress-up on the front burner from now until the election! This same media is bought and paid for by the Conservatives!

Front and centre The Conservatives are actively working on killing the Tans mountain Expansion, which, will hurt every pocketbook in Canada! The Conservative Premiers spent two full days making a case for trashing bill C48 and C69 which are designed to kill the project! Trans Mountain Expansion Project, Including 15,000 Jobs and $46.7 Billion in Tax Revenue annually! Gone, as soon as you vote in Conservatives, Our major river emptied!

Take a moment to read the post on these two bills the Conservatives are trying to kill.
This brings me to the #Weatherford Project. It is so named after the company who designed and specked it.
Weatherford is immensely designed to move 2/3rds of the flow of the Peace River to the US border. If Conservatives build, this Canadian's will pay for the build so the US can get cheap water.

The design calls for 4 large diameter pipelines and six pumping stations. Each pumping station to use the electrical power of a city! Kenny is already ramping up electrical generation in the oil sands.
The Conservatives are again looking after US interests, not Canada's!

Kenny was recently on TV opposite an environmental lawyer while jetting around the country. She was Trashing Tarns-Mountain expansion, and he was sitting there, nodding and smiling his approval.

The US does not want us shipping oil our west coast into Indonesia and China! If they are allowed to kill the Trans Mountain Expansion, natives will lose their investments and Canada will miss its venture into the expansion.

Perhaps Scheer is going to win a lottery for Canada? He has to make up for the lost revenue on the pipeline they are trying to cancel; The trans mountain expansion west. Canadians Receive A Wide Range of Benefits from the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, Including 15,000 Jobs and $46.7 Billion in Tax Revenue annually!

Two weeks ago, Kenny was on TV sitting with an environmental lawyer nodding and smiling while she trashed the Trans Mountain expansion.

This is more proof that the Conservatives are looking after the US as their priority, not Canada!  They have made no secret they plan on re-writing our constitution!  

There are so many reasons to put a strong Liberal Government back into Canada.!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Things in Alberta Terrible under Kenny.

Unfortunately, despite the long days, the constructive debate and experienced advice from the opposition, the UCP decided to – literally – put in earplugs, hunker down and ignore the storm brewing around them. The Conservatives started off with a public claim Alberta was deeper in the hole than the NDP had stated, but Kenney proved this a lie when the UCP's own numbers showed the province was $2 billion better off on the NDP plan than anticipated.
After lying about the previous government, the UCP – elected on a platform of fiscal responsibility – blew $13.5 billion in ill-advised, ideological moves to give money to corporations (while ignoring small businesses), cancelling the Climate Leadership Plan that brought in $7 billion and shutting down the oil-by-rail deal that would have seen crude reach coastal markets.

They have cancelled programs and investments that put the UCP directly responsible for the loss of up to 30,000 jobs. They have taken food out of children’s mouths by cancelling the school nutrition program, cut salaries for 180,000 public sector employees, and attacked the incomes of our youth – many of them financing themselves – by lowering their minimum wage, a move even Ralph Klein recognized was cruel and unfair.

The Conservatives threw school boards into financial chaos by refusing to set funding for schools before their budgets were due, leading many boards to make cuts and increase class sizes and others to take a gamble that they may overspend, hoping the UCP will follow the NDP's funding plans. They will re-implement a Grade 3 Provincial Achievement test, costing us millions of dollars, despite teachers and evidence saying these tests at that level only hurt the quality of education our children receive.

And, worst of all, just before they took their celebratory bath in Edmonton, the UCP rejected numerous pragmatic compromises from the NDP to amend Bill 8 and ensure that LGBT youth would be protected. The UCP’s actions here represent the first time in Canadian history a government has rolled back legislated rights of the LGBT community – a move even conservative personalities like Charles Adler are disgusted with.

There’s a smell around the UCP and the legislature today, and it’s not the smell of roses.

From <https://www.airdrietoday.com/letters-to-the-editor/ucp-reality-not-so-rosy-for-alberta-1580381>

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Kenny's deal on natural gas!

Kenny has said he is upping the price of internal natural gas to 7 dollars per mcf because the gas companies are hurting.

The world market price on natural gas is about 4.50 per mcf up from the long-standing 3.00 per Mcf.

This is a simple tax rip off and the reason Kenny wants natural gas east over the west coast pipeline.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Scheer lies and the inflated carbon tax.

Scheer has been on for months on the extremely high cost of the carbon tax.  Pointedly, Scheer's numbers do not include any refund or rebate figures!  In other words still another outright lie by Andrew Scheer!  Costs? Less than 10% of the numbers he is handing out.

Billl C 69 and the Conservative opposition to it.

#Bill C69 did away with two pieces of Harper/Kenny legislation that was irresponsible, to say the least.  First off  National Energy Board Act:  This was legislation that allowed Harper to become a dictator in his own mind at least.  Any conflict with a native group could be set aside by the Minister in charge.   In action, it caused endless delays in the West coast pipeline.  Reason?  The US does not want us shipping off the west coast it will cut deeply into their markets in Indochina and China and, they will not be able to use their oil supply on or off as a bargaining chip!

Secondly: Canadian Navigable Waters Act; was changed by Harper/Kenny to a free-for-all.  One outstanding item is the BC dam on the Peace River.  A navigable river the dam was built and was criticized for not being able to produce enough electricity to pay for its self.  It was however built to create a sump in the Peace River suitable for drawing large amounts of water out of.   This brings me to the #Weatherford Project.   So named after the company who designed and specked it.

Weatherford is immensely designed to move 2/3rds of the flow of the Peace River to the US border.  If Conservatives build this Canadian's will pay for the build so the US can get cheap water.   If the Peace River has been turned back into navigable water that project is dead.

What do I mean by immense?  The design calls for 3 large diameter pipelines and 6 pumping stations.  Each pumping station to use the electrical power of a city!

The Conservatives again looking after US interests, not Canada's!

Part 1 enacts the Impact Assessment Act and repeals the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. Among other things, the Impact Assessment Act
(a) names the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada as the authority responsible for impact assessments;
(b) provides for a process for assessing the environmental, health, social and economic effects of designated projects with a view to preventing certain adverse effects and fostering sustainability;
(c) prohibits proponents, subject to certain conditions, from carrying out a designated project if the designated project is likely to cause certain environmental, health, social or economic effects, unless the Minister of the Environment or Governor in Council determines that those effects are in the public interest, taking into account the impacts on the rights of the Indigenous peoples of Canada, all effects that may be caused by the carrying out of the project, the extent to which the project contributes to sustainability and other factors;
(d) establishes a planning phase for a possible impact assessment of a designated project, which includes requirements to cooperate with and consult certain persons and entities and requirements with respect to public participation;
(e) authorizes the Minister to refer an impact assessment of a designated project to a review panel if he or she considers it in the public interest to do so, and requires that an impact assessment be referred to a review panel if the designated project includes physical activities that are regulated under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act and the Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Act;
(f) establishes time limits with respect to the planning phase, to impact assessments and to certain decisions, in order to ensure that impact assessments are conducted in a timely manner;
(g) provides for public participation and for funding to allow the public to participate in a meaningful manner;
(h) sets out the factors to be taken into account in conducting an impact assessment, including the impacts on the rights of the Indigenous peoples of Canada;
(i) provides for cooperation with certain jurisdictions, including Indigenous governing bodies, through the delegation of any part of an impact assessment, the joint establishment of a review panel or the substitution of another process for the impact assessment;
(j) provides for transparency in decision-making by requiring that the scientific and other information taken into account in an impact assessment, as well as the reasons for decisions, be made available to the public through a registry that is accessible via the Internet;
(k) provides that the Minister may set conditions, including with respect to mitigation measures, that must be implemented by the proponent of a designated project;
(l) provides for the assessment of cumulative effects of existing or future activities in a specific region through regional assessments and of federal policies, plans and programs, and of issues, that are relevant to the impact assessment of designated projects through strategic assessments; and
(m) sets out requirements for an assessment of environmental effects of non-designated projects that are on federal lands or that are to be carried out outside Canada.
Part 2 enacts the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, which establishes the Canadian Energy Regulator and sets out its composition, mandate and powers. The role of the Regulator is to regulate the exploitation, development and transportation of energy within Parliament’s jurisdiction.
The Canadian Energy Regulator Act, among other things,
(a) provides for the establishment of a Commission that is responsible for the adjudicative functions of the Regulator;
(b) ensures the safety and security of persons, energy facilities and abandoned facilities and the protection of property and the environment;
(c) provides for the regulation of pipelines, abandoned pipelines, and traffic, tolls and tariffs relating to the transmission of oil or gas through pipelines;
(d) provides for the regulation of international power lines and certain interprovincial power lines;
(e) provides for the regulation of renewable energy projects and power lines in Canada’s offshore;
(f) provides for the regulation of access to lands;
(g) provides for the regulation of the exportation of oil, gas and electricity and the interprovincial oil and gas trade; and
(h) sets out the process the Commission must follow before making, amending or revoking a declaration of a significant discovery or a commercial discovery under the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act and the process for appealing a decision made by the Chief Conservation Officer or the Chief Safety Officer under that Act.
Part 2 also repeals the National Energy Board Act.
Part 3 amends the Navigation Protection Act to, among other things,
(a) rename it the Canadian Navigable Waters Act;
(b) provide a comprehensive definition of navigable water;
(c) require that, when making a decision under that Act, the Minister must consider any adverse effects that the decision may have on the rights of the Indigenous peoples of Canada;
(d) require that an owner apply for an approval for a major work in any navigable water;
(e) set out the factors that the Minister must consider when deciding whether to issue an approval;
(f) provide a process for addressing navigation-related concerns when an owner proposes to carry out a work in navigable waters that are not listed in the schedule;
(g) provide the Minister with powers to address obstructions in any navigable water;
(h) amend the criteria and process for adding a reference to a navigable water to the schedule;
(i) require that the Minister establish a registry; and
(j) provide for new measures for the administration and enforcement of the Act.
Part 4 makes consequential amendments to Acts of Parliament and regulations.

Available on the House of Commons website at the following address:

Bill C 48 and the Conservative complaint.

#Bill C 48 prohibits oil tankers to sail in the waters from the North tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaska coast.  This affects #American tankers mostly.   The American Tankers are presently using the inside channel to move oil from Alaska to Washington.  It does not affect Canadian Oil!

Canadian oil is shipped from the waters adjacent to the south end of Vancouver Island and the mid part of that Island as a location reference.

In the fighting bill, C48 Kenny is representing the US, not Canadian interests.  In case you had any doubts.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Post Media (Bell Media) fights back.

On tonights CTV a news story was run that is positively astounding!
The report refers to a "survey" done by them which shows that "most" people in Canada "feel" the internet is full of "Fake News"   They go so far as to site Facebook, the only major media they don't control as being insecure and full of Fake News.

They, CTV went onto say the internet is full of Fake news and further said it follows Trump's ongoing complaints about Fake News.

This comes because of people using the United Conservative Facebook page and Scheer's Facebook pages as an open forum. Talking about Scheer's ongoing lying and climate change.  As well, the LDS involvement in the Conservative party.

You can be very sure they never laid a complaint with our Government!

The Conservatives have enough provinces and population by which they can change our constitution regardless of who gets in.   Scheer's chances have tanked; there lies their problem.  If a liberal Government is in place it can string out changes until the next election and, by that time Bell Media will have been dismantled.

On Fake News, the 200 newsprint companies owned by Bell Media are the epitome of Fake News as I have warned.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Jason Kenny and the Environment and his litany of lies.

Jason Kenny is a habitual liar.   His latest is his ramblings about only large producers need to be charged to control climate outputs.  I called BS and the Post Media, who  I have previously warned you against taking advice from, posted an article that Kenny has invested a million dollars in a pro-pipeline advertisement in BC!

First off he has just given them a massive tax reduction.  Secondly, the so-called plan has no means by which it can be audited! 

Next, Post Media Toronto reported this, not Vancouver.  It was immediate reporting so Kenny would not have had time to put a massive amount of money into a flow.

I say again, Post Media in all its forms cannot be trusted for financial information.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Kenny's resisting the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Kenny was on TV last week (when is he not?).  This time, however, he was sitting next to a very chatty lady who was an Environmental Lawyer.  She spoke at length about the futility of shipping oil from Alberta to the west coast, how the Tansmountain pipeline was bordering insanity.

She made no attempt at reason.  Factually if we do not supply the oil, some other country will.  Other countries would choose Canada over the US for their supplies.

The bottom line is the US does not want us to ship our oil into the Pacific Rim!.  Harper and Kenny for the years they were in Government did everything possible to ensure new pipelines would not be built!

In this case, Kenny sat like a duck on the lady's arm offering nothing, just his photo opp.

Canada’s Treasures at Risk!

The previous Conservative Government put in a plan to move 2/3rds of the Peace River to the US border. This is a fully engineered plan; ready to go and is called the Weatherford Plan. So named after the engineering firm that produced it. The new dam put in by BC which cannot produce enough electricity to pay for itself does, however, provide a large sump from which to draw water in volume.
The plans call for 6 lift stations, each using the power of a city. Original plans call for 4 large diameter pipes to move the water. If Conservatives build this line Canadians will end up paying for the pipeline in order to give the US inexpensive water!
This is why Harper and Kenny changed the designation on the Peace River. It is no longer classified as navigatable!.
Apart from that, the Canada Pension fund is a target. The US has for years complained about it as being a social program hold that it should be put into the hands of private companies.
Our present situation’ Thanks to Bell Media and its Post Media holdings interference into Canadian Politics, the Conservatives now have sufficient population and provinces to change the constitution no matter who gets in.

Monday, May 27, 2019

UCP IN Government= the trend

UCP was quick to bring the axe down on LGBQ support groups by cutting funding.  This is what happens when you have Church (LDS)  and state working the system in dual!  As I said, post media will support conservative views.  In this case, they made a special effort in stopping me from commenting.  The preferred way is to "treat" gay people with forms of medieval torture until they say, I give up.   I will reiterate, gay people should get firearm permits for their own protection.  Or, a crossbow and some hunting tips.

On another front, Kenny has a photo opp with a Vancouver environmental lawyer who is supporting Kenny' views on no western pipeline.   What Kenny will do with this is probably bad.  That much we can count on.

Kenny and Harper all but destroyed the western pipeline because the USA does not want us to ship into their market place.  I had said on the onset that Kenny would destroy that pipeline one way or another.

The Green party are simply dumb as posts with May leading the pack.  She blamed east coast phytoplankton losses on the oil leakage.   The world, on the other hand, is complaining about global warming and the increase in carbon dioxide which is being absorbed into the ocean making carbolic acid! This is bleaching coral around the world.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Australia's suprising Conservative win

Going against all the polls, going against the common thread of popularity, the Conservatives were elected again.   Notably, just after installing the Bell Media G5 network into @Australia.  I have no way of telling how many of the print media is owned by Bell but with this showing, I suggest the majority of them! 

In Canada, Bell media owns 200 print papers which means if you are checking say, Financial Post or Globe Media, for your financial information, you are getting the Conservative wish list, not facts!

They have interfered with all the provincial elections.  Kenny, for instance, didn't win in Alberta he stole the Government with the Assistance of Bell Media and their hose of print media.  The conservatives though a mountain of lies now have enough population and provinces to force changes to our constitution regardless of who wins.  They are in every sense, stealing our country!

Don't let the same thing happen to Canada!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

UCP proposed changes to health care privitiztion. A guideline.

Andrew Scheer stated he has a plan for health care, a "two-tier system"  The american system is two-tier!

The US Republicans have continually expressed their distaste the Canadian Health Care system.  Because it is paid for by all and covers all they try to bend it into a welfare system.

U.S. health care spending grew 3.9 percent in 2017, reaching $3.5 trillion or $10,739 per person. As a share of the nation's Gross Domestic Producthealth spending accounted for 17.9 percent. Dec 11, 2018 

With their high expense, there is close to 50%  of Americans who have no coverage!  Canada's lower costs cover 100% of our people.

Here is an example of a google search which will turn up the numbers.  Some show the tweak upwards when Trump diced the Obama Care plan.

From <https://www.google.com/search?q=health+care+costs+us+gdp&oq=health+care+costs+us+gdp&aqs=chrome..69i57j0.10758j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8>

The Exhibits the following show

Still another view
Text version of infographic
  • Canada is among the highest spenders on health care in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), at $5,782 per person in 2015.
  • That year, among 35 selected OECD countries, spending per person remained the highest in the United States, at $11,916.
  • Although Canada was above the OECD average in terms of per-person spending on health care, our public-sector share of total health expenditure (70%) was below the OECD average (72%).
  • Here are the numbers for 2015 per-person spending in Canadian dollars, health spending as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) and the public/private split for the OECD as a whole and 9 selected OECD countries, including Canada:
  • OECD: $4,826 per person; 8.9% of GDP; 72% public/28% private
  • Canada: $5,782 per person; 10.4% of GDP; 70% public/30% private
  • United States: $11,916 per person; 16.9% of GDP; 49% public/51% private
  • France: $5,677 per person; 11.1% of GDP; 79% public/21% private
  • Germany: $6,709 per person; 11.2% of GDP; 84% public/16% private
  • Sweden: $6,601 per person; 11.0% of GDP; 84% public/16% private
  • Netherlands: $6,639 per person; 10.7% of GDP; 81% public/19% private
  • Australia: $5,631 per person; 9.4% of GDP; 67% public/33% private
  • New Zealand: $4,443 per person; 9.3% of GDP; 80% public/20% private
  • United Kingdom: $5,170 per person; 9.9% of GDP; 80% public/20% private
  • Note that these numbers reflect total current expenditure, excluding capital. Spending data is based on the System of Health Accounts.

From <https://www.cihi.ca/en/how-does-canadas-health-spending-compare-internationally>

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Alberta returns to an unsafe place to invest.

Jason Kenny took the office of Premier by constantly telling outright inflammatory lies. The biggest was protected by Post Media (Bell Media group) who would not allow comments to these outlandish statements of his.

Acknowledging this, Kenny on his first day of Premier elect said "No more lies starting today! Only the truth!"

Yesterday having taken the chair of Premier of Alberta, he said "I will bring in legislation that will allow us to turn off the taps to BC" The fact is, Rachel Notley has already got that legislation I place!

So, his first public statements are outright lies. The culture of a Government starts at the top. Investing in this one is plainly a risk!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Kenny opting for confusion and delays in the health system; a first step in privitiztion.

Expert reports on the state of medical lab services in Edmonton make for grim reading.

Seventy per cent of major health decisions are based on a lab result, but Edmonton’s facilities are aging and outdated.

It’s not just the private DynaLife headquarters, which are crowded, stuck in a downtown office tower never designed to host a state-of-the-art lab. Equipment in Edmonton’s public labs is obsolete. More than three-quarters of the lab equipment owned by Alberta Health Services is considered to be at the end of its useful life, according to a 2017 report by the Health Quality Council of Alberta.

In that same report, experts call lab services the “fastest changing area of health care.” Scientists are constantly finding more precise tests, now using gene analysis to diagnose patients more accurately and earlier, with the promise of reducing overall costs.

But Alberta’s current system for regulating lab services is so fractured and political, decisions around new tests drag on and on, physicians say. It’s “as hard or harder” to get an outdated test removed. Even a simple decision, like moving all Alberta labs to the same test requisition form, had been under discussion for three years when the 2017 report was written. Alberta is falling behind.

I hope that puts UCP Leader Jason Kenney’s promise to cancel the new superlab and its new equipment in perspective.
Heavy equipment is on the construction site of the Edmonton Laboratory Clinical Hub, or “Super Lab,” east of the South Campus LRT station, 11330 65 Ave., in Edmonton on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. DAVID BLOOM /POSTMEDIA
Construction started on the $590-million project last month. Backhoes and bulldozers are preparing the site and retaining walls are being built beside the South Campus LRT station in Edmonton.
Kenney says he’ll save $640 million by also cancelling the $50-million contract to buy out DynaLife. But does he think the status quo with end-of-life equipment is an option? Public labs across Alberta need reinvestment whether it goes into a single new building with DynaLife included or not.
The lab situation has a long and tortured history.
In the mid-1990s, Alberta went through mass consolidation and former premier Ralph Klein cut laboratory services by 40 per cent. In Calgary, that led to a new public-private partnership, a centralized Calgary lab service.
In Edmonton, that didn’t happen, likely because two major hospitals are run by a separate provider, Covenant Health. Lab services stayed fractured, and eventually Alberta Health Services signed a 15-year contract to have DynaLife handle all the community-based lab work.
In the 2010s, Alberta Health Services decided to contract with a private company to create something like the Calgary lab in Edmonton, with consolidated hospital, academic and community lab services. It was going to be a 15-year, $3-billion contract with significant reinvestment.
Major multinational corporations bid on it, seeing little Edmonton as a toehold into the Canadian market. Three were shortlisted and an Australian corporation was picked. But DynaLife took the province to court in frustration and won. A judge ruled the bidding process was compromised.
In May 2016, a new government, the NDP, announced the public superlab model as one part of a plan to integrate services across the province. The Edmonton hub would work in partnership with Calgary. The common lab network, with a shared information system, would give researchers access to a vast quantity of population-level data, something unthinkable in the fractured, private network of American hospitals.
Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman unveiled the location for a new integrated public lab facility in Edmonton on Dec. 21, 2017. LARRY WONG / POSTMEDIA NETWORK
Kenney says he supports the new information sharing system, but is undecided on whether to keep the new oversight body, Alberta Public Laboratories. He argues Alberta will get better results through choice and competition with private players, rather than one public monopoly.
At the end of the day, both public and private models have benefits. Private companies are more likely to prioritize capital investment as key to ongoing success. In Calgary, for example, the private-public central lab was eventually bought out by Alberta Health Services and saw its capital budget decrease to 10 per cent of what it had been. Now 60 per cent of its equipment is considered end of life.
University of Calgary pathologist Dr. Jim Wright watched the NDP plan with some trepidation. In a 2018 opinion piece for Academic Pathology, he wrote about the benefit of the public model: province-wide integration. It promised to come with a strong, science-based board to take politics out of decision making. That could make it nimble, allowing Alberta to invest in new technology to cut expenses and increase patient care, while capitalizing on research potential.
I’m not impressed with Kenney’s plan to cancel the deal, especially when he has no plan but the status quo to replace it.
He accuses the NDP of being ideologically motivated — stuck on the idea that health care must be entirely public. I hope his own ideology doesn’t blind him just as much.
Sure, it makes a good campaign speech to announce $640 million in savings. But that’s a fantasy. Fixing Edmonton’s medical labs is much more complicated.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Misinformation put out by UCP and Jason Kenny.

Trish Horobec
One more election-related post because it’s important - and then sleep.
From a very impressive friend regarding the lies and bs slung by the UCP in Alberta.
UPDATE: This post has been edited to add references, just in case anyone asks for them. A lot of this information has been gained through months and years of following this stuff so not every single thing I mention has been sourced, as I can't always retrace my steps to find it all. But the references I have added should do the trick.
So I've been on a tear lately digging into lots of facts and statistics to counter a lot of misinformation I'm seeing during this election. I thought some of you might be interested in seeing this collection of disparate but loosely connected corrections.
1) Misinformation/Obfuscation #1
We currently have only 46% of the oil rigs we had in 2014 and it's all Rachel Notley's Fault. I've seen this one attached to a bar graph which "demonstrates" that drop.
Truth #1: While we do currently have 46% of the number of oil rigs in Alberta that we had in 2014, the drop happened pre-NDP. As of April 10, 2015, there were only 60 active oil rigs in Alberta. This is immediately preceding the NDP taking power. A better way to detail our current state is to say that, with 144 oil rigs and counting, our current government has increased the number of oil rigs in the province from PC days by more than 200%.
2) Misinformation/Obfuscation #2: The NDP took a province with no debt and built a debt of $70 billion dollars.
Truth #2: While yes, our debt in Alberta is currently hovering around that number, the province was not debt-free when the NDP took over. In fact, in the 12 months preceding the NDP taking power in 2015, the PC government accrued close to $12 billion worth of debt. This is a very similar debt load to that accrued each year by the NDP. Certainly, this level of debt is not ideal, but the economic challenges being faced by the NDP have been unprecedented. During their 4 years in power, they faced the largest and most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history. (Fort Mac)
3) Misinformation/Obfuscation #3: The NDP has destroyed industry while increasing a "bloated" public sector in a way that has never happened before. I have often seen this comment attached to a statistic (from the Fraser Institute) of something like 85,000 new public sector jobs during the NDP's tenure.
Truth #3: For that statistic to be true, the NDP government would need to be creating 60 public sector jobs every single day for the entire four years they have been in power.
In actuality, a total of 28,000 full-time equivalent positions were created between 2015 and 2019. Which is pretty much in line with the average increase during PC days. Between the years of 2008 and 2012, around 25,000 public sector jobs were created in Alberta.
You may need to adjust the data parameters but:https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/cv.action…
4) Misinformation/Obfuscation #4: The NDP is terrible at fiscal management and can't budget.
Truth #4: The NDP made a conscious decision to accept the economic consequences of prioritizing social service supports instead of balancing the "budget", in the face of the largest recession this province has seen in decades. But, to get down to brass tacks, my research has indicated that for each year the NDP have been governing this province, their actual expenses have been within about 1% of their projected budget for the year.
This one takes a bunch of digging into budget projections and comparing to end of year spending reports. Let me know if you need data on this and I will try and help.
5) Misinformation/Obfuscation #5: The NDP introduced a carbon tax that they did not campaign on, and they did it for no reason.
Truth #5: This is mostly true, except (!) they didn't campaign on it because they weren't planning on it. When faced with negotiations over the pipeline with the federal government, the NDP was basically given no choice but to introduce a carbon tax if they wanted to get federal support for the pipeline.
Lots of articles on this but here’s one I found: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4665498
6) Misinformation/Obfuscation #6: If Kenney is voted in, he will get rid of the carbon tax immediately.
Truth #6: This one is especially egregious because it's not a real thing that can happen. If Kenney cancels the provincial carbon tax, the federal carbon tax will come into effect. Which means that instead of all of that levy money coming from Albertans going back into Albertan projects and Albertans' pockets, the levy money will be paid to the federal government. And while the federal government is supposed to distribute those funds back into the province they came from, do Albertans who already don't trust the federal government truly believe that the federal government will send that money back to us?
7) Misinformation/Obfuscation #7: Kenney will be able to successfully challenge the federal carbon tax.
Truth #7: Nope, he won't.
Actually, though, Albertans will pay a lot of money to a lot of lawyers (some estimate upwards of 1,000 lawyers) to launch this lawsuit. But ultimately, the federal government is well within their jurisdiction to introduce a federal tax, and the legal challenge will ultimately be unsuccessful and a huge waste of our money.
Here is a very lengthy analysis of the constitutional validity of a carbon tax. Enjoy:
8 ) Misinformation/Obfuscation #8: Kenney will hold a referendum to determine if Albertans want him to challenge equalization payments. This will then make the federal government reconsider and treat Albertans better.
Truth #8: Wanna buy some magic beans?
He is promising to spend a bunch of money to ask Albertans a question and then tell the federal government to do as we ask. I thought we don't trust the federal government?
But also, if Kenney didn't like the formula for equalization payments when the federal government decided on it, maybe he should have put up a fuss about it when he was part of the sitting federal government that chose it!
This is not the best source for this, but it is a quick rundown of the history of equalization payment evaluation, and Kenney's role in it: http://www.formac.ca/…/the-equalization-history-that-jason…/
9) Misinformation/Obfuscation #9: Alberta spends more per capita on health care than almost any other province and it's all the NDP's fault.
Truth #9: While it is true that we do rank among the highest in health care spending, there are a ton of reasons for that. Doctor's salaries in Alberta being higher than almost any other provinces - this is a fact that has been true for a very long time, going way back into PC days.
Also, while we spend the most per capita on the health of all the provinces, we typically have the lowest percentage of our provincial GDP spent on health, and we are average when it comes to the percentage of our overall provincial expenditures that goes to health care.
Health care stats: https://public.tableau.com/profile/abhealth…
What I find more interesting is that we consistently have a below average percentage of physicians who are women compared to the rest of the country. But I digress.
All of this very long post is to say, there is a ton of misinformation out there right now and I implore you to just google and confirm the things you read. Find the statistics in their original home, not biased interpretations like the Fraser Institute. And if you want to talk politics with other people in the hopes of swaying someone's opinion, please arm yourselves with real, confirmed facts and figures.
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