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Old Jun 13th, 2015, 01:03 PM   #1
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Thought I'd put up a thread to keep track of the pinko commie bastards. (For easy access & future referral...)

Oh, look who Rachel hired to be Chief of Staff for our Energy Minister!

Ezra Levant: Meet Alberta’s new colonial chiefs

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A Toronto anti-oilsands activist – still registered as an anti-oil lobbyist – is now running Alberta’s energy department.
What could possibly go wrong?

Not only that, but:

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There are twelve ministers in the Alberta cabinet, including Notley herself, each with a chief of staff. And ten of those chiefs are, like Mitchell, NDP activists from other provinces, many of whom will commute each week to Alberta from Vancouver, Toronto, or elsewhere.
M'bold.

Nice. First off, any guesses who foots the travel bill?

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There is something weirdly colonial about non-residents being sent in to run a province to which they have few or no ties. It feels as if the NDP believes Alberta lacks people with talent and judgment to govern themselves. It feels nepotistic – highly paid consolation prizes for failed NDP activists from other campaigns.

Like Nathan Rotman. He worked on Olivia Chow’s unsuccessful campaign for Toronto mayor. Now he’s the chief of staff to Alberta’s Finance Minister.

Was there no-one in Alberta with any financial background? No socially conscious businessman, or even an NDP-friendly professor or think tank economist? Four million Albertans, but not one who understands Alberta’s fiscal situation better than an Olivia Chow door-knocker?
M'bold.

Yep...

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Wildrose charges NDP energy minister's top staffer was anti-pipeline lobbyist

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The Wildrose Party says it’s a troubling sign that the NDP energy minister’s top staffer was registered as a federal lobbyist for an organization opposed to pipeline projects proposed to ship Alberta oilsands crude.
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Old Jun 13th, 2015, 01:39 PM   #2
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I'm not sure what anyone expected. It's not as if Albertans can claim that nobody warned them.
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Old Jun 13th, 2015, 02:08 PM   #3
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I'm not sure what anyone expected. It's not as if Albertans can claim that nobody warned them.
What can you say? This election is a classic cutting off one's nose to spite one's face.
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Thought I'd put up a thread to keep track of the pinko commie bastards. (For easy access & future referral...)

Oh, look who Rachel hired to be Chief of Staff for our Energy Minister!
Heh... and had you performed the same kinds of analyses on the previous governments' staffers, to see who was aligned with the oil industry / lobbyists / etc. ? Or do you only call out potential bias when it conflicts with your own position on oil-as-godliness ?

We wouldn't want to move into the realm of hypocrisy, now would we?
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Old Jun 13th, 2015, 02:14 PM   #5
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Why make your point so badly, CM? You would want someone who had industry experience, but not someone who antagonizes the constituents of the portfolio out of the gate.

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Heh... and had you performed the same kinds of analyses on the previous governments' staffers, to see who was aligned with the oil industry / lobbyists / etc. ? Or do you only call out potential bias when it conflicts with your own position on oil-as-godliness ?

We wouldn't want to move into the realm of hypocrisy, now would we?
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Old Jun 13th, 2015, 02:29 PM   #6
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There is little doubt that there are those who are more than qualified, who are indeed Albertans who could easily do a good job for the NDP if hired. Trouble is, the NDP, so far detached from the mainstream of Alberta politics with just a handful of members for dozens of years, simply do not know who they are or who to approach to find them. That leads them to approach only known NDP loyalists from out of province to tell us how to run our own province. This is a political botch job by the NDP which given their inexperience, should not be unexpected. They are a one-shot, one-time 'protest phenomena' in Alberta who methinks will be reduced back to their original ranks come next election.
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Old Jun 13th, 2015, 02:47 PM   #7
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Of course they will be decimated--but they are going to be as destructive as possible during their time in office. Hopefully, Alberta will get a Mike Harris to put things back in order.

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Old Jun 13th, 2015, 07:59 PM   #8
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If you are serious about engaging the topic, then I have this question for you: Do you think that Graham Mitchell is the best fit for the position & why/why not?

If this is another of your great steaming loads deposited in the middle of a thread, with no intent to follow up on any rebuttal points made (a la MacDoc), bugger off.

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Heh... and had you performed the same kinds of analyses on the previous governments' staffers, to see who was aligned with the oil industry / lobbyists / etc. ?
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If this is another of your great steaming loads deposited in the middle of a thread, with no intent to follow up on any rebuttal points made (a la MacDoc), bugger off.
I have pretty much given up any hope of CM actually engaging in a discussion on most of his posts. I've been pretty careful to ask him if he understands the subject well enough to engage in a discussion if I prepare a rebuttal.

Hasn't answered once.
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If you are serious about engaging the topic, then I have this question for you: Do you think that Graham Mitchell is the best fit for the position & why/why not?
No idea who Mitchell is. That wasn't my point.

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If this is another of your great steaming loads deposited in the middle of a thread, with no intent to follow up on any rebuttal points made (a la MacDoc), bugger off.
What "great steaming load"? I simply asked a question: have you held previous staffers to the same test of character that you are now applying to the NDP?

If not, you're simply a hypocrite.
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