Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Is there some mad method in the UCP madness?

 It is hard to tell because, like the rest of the conservative "movement", Jason and the UCP-nauts are pretty nuts.  But are they looking at the pandemic as a dog given opportunity to destroy the public health care system and then announce the only way to save the day is to privatize the health care of Albertans?

It wouldn't be the first time Disaster Capitalism raised its head.  If this is the broad strokes of a plan, it proves them even more loathsome than I could have previously imagined.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Kenney's Campaign Rollout Continues

The plan has to be followed no matter what when an army launches a Blitzkrieg campaign .  Each day brings about another checkers move in Kenney's run for Rideau Cottage.  But I am with David Climenhaga on the subject of the suspicious cheque.

Are you surprised by this being a repeat of Klein's cheesy stunt?  Not me.  These jokers have a very small bag of tricks.

An edit:  I forgot to add that if this was such a great letter, why did he receive it on March 20 and not tweet about it till April 14?Recommend this Post

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Any Doubt That Kenney Follows A "Jason First" Policy?

Events sure do overwhelm the best made plans.  Less than 48 hours ago Alberta's Uber-Premier made a play to reset his image on the national stage by offering up Alberta's "surplus" PPE.  For which he received generally positive reviews and expressions of gratitude from other premiers.  I expect he was fairly chuffed.  Then today, it turns out the Emperor has no surplus.
Some Alberta physicians are paying premium prices for medical gear on the open market despite the province sending hundreds of thousands of masks and other safety equipment to other provinces, leaving some doctors on the front lines feeling abandoned.
Anmol Kapoor, for example, is a cardiologist in Calgary who recently secured 1,000 masks from a dental supplier in Toronto for $2 each, compared to the 20 cents he usually pays. He has been sharing supplies with other physicians who are running low on protective equipment.
And even if his surplus wasn't shown to be illusory, how does he expect this to play?
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is calling out Canada's top doctor for advice she gave Canadians at the start of the pandemic and said he will not wait for Health Canada to approve medications, vaccines or tests before rolling them out if other "peer" countries have already approved them. 
and personally attacking the Chief public health officer
Kenney said Tam's suggestion that there are problems with testing kits or medicines being approved in the EU or the U.S. was tantamount to saying Canada's allies are approving things that "are dangerous for public use.""This is the same Dr. Tam who is telling us that we shouldn't close our borders to countries with high levels of infection and who in January was repeating talking points out of the [People's Republic of China] about the no evidence of human-to-human transmission," Kenney said.  "We are not going to feel constrained under our public health act." 
This morning radio report on this pomposity included a comment that some of the medicines he is referring to are hydroxycloroquine.  Really?  He is trumpeting a cure promoted by Donald Trump over medical professionals.  This episode will wear as well as his surplus.

Just when Kenney tries his Prime Minister shoes on for size he can't help but tie the laces together.
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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Methinks Someone Still Has Prime Ministerial Ambitions

I'm not saying it is a bad idea to share PPE and other medical equipment if Alberta actually does have a surplus but consider the source.  As David Climenhaga points out this "surplus" doesn't jibe with the governments own recent estimates.
To wit, if less than a week ago we barely had enough N95 medical masks for Alberta’s hard-pressed nurses, doctors and other front-line health care workers to work for the next 30 days, was the premier wise to give away three-quarters of a million of them to other provinces on the strength of contracts with manufacturers abroad for more? As we have recently seen, some foreign manufacturers will break their contracts if ordered by their national government.
So why would Kenney take this risk with the health of Albertans. Perhaps leverage for future pipelines is the entirety of his strategy.  Or maybe he wants to burnish his image on the national stage.  After all, his image has been tarnished a lot given his recent behaviour.

But just as he did a passable job of pretending to enjoy ethnic food during his role as the designated Minister Curry in a Hurry for the Harper government to court a vote previously inimical to Conservatives, is he following the same playbook with this benevolence?

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Tyler Shandro Should Win The Award As Kenny's Best Minister

The underlings always follow the example of the Alpha Wolf.  As a case in point, Jason Kenny has had to deal with evidence of several illegalities.  As you would expect from a crummy premier, it is a long trail of crumbs.  Defrauding the federal government of rent expenses, kamikaze leadership candidates, a $30 million dollar War Roo / Slush Fund.  While it isn't surprising that Kenny is the head of a theft machine, it is amazing how quickly the corruption has taken hold.

In the context of the UCP, Tyler Shandro's obvious and blatant conflict of interest is not something to be punished.  It is a trait to be rewarded and emulated by others.

The COVID-19 and price war crises are providing a lot of cover for the Kenny government.  Not a lot of light is being shone on the corruption of the UCP at the moment.  But when these events pass and the truth comes out, the grift will be shocking.Recommend this Post