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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 02:51 PM   #3931
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Well, well, the NDP gets caught again!

Ex-energy executive’s website and affidavit drops niggling NDP scandal into middle of Alberta election

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CALGARY — As websites go, it doesn’t stand out. Unlike the polished, visually appealing sites the governing NDP and opposition UCP have launched to attack each other in recent weeks, this one has the black-and-white esthetic of a Windows 95 text document. However bland and antiquated its look, though, it inserts a set of damning allegations into the middle of this Alberta election campaign.

The site, not-so-artfully named after the person running it, was launched earlier this month by lawyer and former power executive Robert Hemstock, who is currently suing the Alberta government, Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman and NDP Premier Rachel Notley’s top spokesperson Cheryl Oates for defamation. It breaks down in lawyerly detail what Hemstock considers to be a series of mistakes the NDP government made as it changed the rules governing the province’s deregulated electricity market — moves he claims cost Alberta power consumers $2 billion, a niggling scandal of the NDP’s first term.

Hemstock filed the defamation suit in July 2018, based on events dating as far back as 2015, when Notley’s New Democrats were elected. The website went live after he filed a new affidavit on March 29.

He launched the suit because he believes the government unfairly blamed him for a series of contract cancellations in the power market in 2015 and 2016, based on a clause he helped negotiate into those contracts in 2000.

He launched the website because he wants to “expose” the details of the controversial episode, and because he believes the public doesn’t understand how or why those cancelled contracts ended up saddling consumers “with an estimated $2 billion in unnecessary costs” — and how the province could have avoided those mistakes in order to save Albertans money.

Both the suit and the website also appear to be an attempt by Hemstock to clear his name.

“It’s also about how our elected representatives in the Alberta Government used their position of power and access to taxpayer funds to attempt to achieve their political objective of avoiding accountability,” the website charges.

Hemstock declined to comment on the site because his defamation suit is still before the court but the affidavit filed March 29 contains a new allegation that the government has not provided all the documents requested in the case.

“That a decision was made to defame me, by implicating me as the cause of the loss of approximately $2 billion to electricity consumers, with no records showing how that decision was arrived at discloses the defendants have not discharged their obligation to provide all relevant material records,” Hemstock states in the affidavit.

“I’m not aware of anything new being filed, but because the matter is before the courts we won’t be commenting,” said Oates, who was Notley’s communications director before the writ dropped and is working on the NDP campaign.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 04:19 PM   #3932
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BTW Rachel's claim that she capped power rates at 3.7¢/KWH means zilch, given the ever upward spiral of the assorted gouge fees that make up well over half of many folks electrical bill.

Just one example is that $7.75 monthly charge to build new high tension lines into Southwestern BC to carry our surplus wind energy, the 10-15% of the time we have a surplus. If BC really wants our green wind energy, let them pay for the lines.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 04:52 PM   #3933
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https://calgaryherald.com/opinion/co...ho-brought-her

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Well, if you’re going down to defeat anyhow, then dancing with the one that brought you is as effective an election strategy as any other, I suppose.

Maybe that’s why, in the dying days of this provincial campaign, Premier Rachel Notley once again put her faith and Alberta’s economic future into the furtive hands of a Liberal government in Ottawa.

Talking about the poisoned chalice this pipeline issue has turned into during her four-year reign as premier she doubled down and declared that even now, after all that has passed, she trusted Justin Trudeau’s government.

“I feel confident that it is going to happen,” she said, referring to the endlessly delayed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that’s supposed to boost exports of Albertan crude to the West Coast.
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Somehow, after all the double-dealing the Grits have engaged in and the dreadful economic consequences for Calgary in particular, Notley still professes faith that what Ottawa vaguely suggests will in fact transpire.

It won’t. The Liberals have no need of Alberta seats but they’d like a few in Metro Vancouver and a heck of a lot more in Quebec. So will they risk annoying the environmental crowd six months before a federal election in which their chances of getting one Alberta MP are akin to the Oilers’ hopes of Stanley Cup glory? Nope. For sure, pipeline building might start afterwards, but not before.

The premier — at least for another day — still doesn’t get that. Or maybe at this late hour, she can’t bring herself to admit the truth — that she was played from the start, cajoled into imposing a carbon tax on her own province without anything in return other than a nice shout-out from then U.S. president Barrack Obama on his farewell visit to Ottawa.
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It's difficult to believe that someone who is allegedly intelligent enough to be a lawyer can also be so naive...
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 09:35 PM   #3935
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From late March, the predictions Sinc and I made.

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UCP 56 seats
NDP 22 seats
ABP 7 seats
Others 2

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UCP 48
NDP 35
ABP 2
Others 2

Two ehmacers enter tomorrow (and the next week or so, depending on how long vote counting takes), one ehmacer leaves with free beer.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 09:41 PM   #3936
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rps and I also threw our forecasts into the contest right away:

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UCP 59
NDP 24
ABP 3
Others 1

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UCP 58
NDP 26
ABP. 2
Other 1
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I think this was Freddie's projection:
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 10:30 PM   #3938
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rps and I also threw our forecasts into the contest right away:

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UCP 59
NDP 24
ABP 3
Others 1

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NDP 26
ABP. 2
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I missed that. What day were the predictions posted?
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I missed that. What day were the predictions posted?
March 31 for me. rps on April 1.
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I have trouble visualizing the NDP taking more than 20 seats. Would like to see the ADP and/or the Independence types pick up at least a few.

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