This week, while the federal government ponders a bailout for Quebec’s Bombardier family business due to some bad corporate decisions and the Prime Minister makes a much-welcome visit to Toronto to talk about nothing, we turn our attention West.
Alberta, near as we can tell, is making history by transitioning from custodian of the nation’s most important industry into, well, New Brunswick: pleasing to the eye and senses but nonviable. It has become, as the Calgary Herald’s Don Braid eloquently put it after the assumedly centrist government of British Columbia rejected approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline “an economic version of mixed martial arts these days. Nobody knows if the next blow will be a punch, a kick, or an eye-gouge.”
No one, of course, blames the rag tag group of socialists and eco-extremists who run the joint these days, for the devastatingly low price of oil or for the appalling mismanagement over the past 10 years by the left-wing Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta. What many do point out, however, is the absolute horror that occurs when the challenges of the real world impose themselves on the aforementioned eco-kook/communists. (Yes, the new Alberta deputy chief of staff once stood for office in Edmonton as a Communist.) Once the real world unveils all its, ah, real world stuff, the issue becomes less about the extent to which those who govern believe in rainbows and unicorns than, dare we say it, whether they are remotely competent – a concept rigorously rejected by Canadians and Albertans in recent elections.
Premier Rachel Notley, whose smile thinly hides her trembling hands on the tiller, has done pretty much everything possible to make things worse. As pictures best tell a story, here it is:
Most notable among these misdeeds is the review of the royalty structure, which is the foundation for Canada’s largest industry. What business/investment craves most – at least next to exactly what it wants – is stability. So, when Notley opined on the weekend that the review, which was to be completed and made public by December but then was delayed until January was to again be delayed and made public in “a few weeks,” financier and TV personality Kevin O’Leary had had enough. First he promised on radio Monday to invest $1 million in the energy industry if Notley just resigned.
Then Notley, pithy as always, bit back about Albertans not needing any more advice from rich Toronto businessmen (always an easy sell) and suggested O’Leary “bring it on.” Oops. So he did, delivering a withering interview hosted by a wincing Rosy Barton on Power & Politics in which he excoriated Notley. We highly recommend viewing it.
O’Leary was, of course, scorned by the followup panel of journalists and assorted other lickspittle leftists, not one of which has a molecule of economic knowledge, who dismissed him as “a game show celebrity” and otherwise. No matter one’s opinion of the abrasive O’Leary, he is rich (and he makes for good TV). And when it comes to money, people who have made themselves very rich are very likely to know how it works (unless of course it comes from a trust fund). Still, what was most obvious was that no one on the panel had a clue that Notley’s latest royalty review delay was obviously a breaking point for the investment community that will not send a dollar into Alberta until it knows, as O’Leary makes clear, what “the plan” is. Or, in other words: They. Had. No. Idea. What. They. Were. Talking. About.
Moving on, the first bold step toward fiscal responsibility was taken the following day by the NDP when it froze all non-union government wages for two years (it is notable that deputy ministers in Alberta earned about $100,000 a year more than their counterparts in sensible Saskatchewan). Or, as @BrockWHarrison tweeted: “BREAKING: Alberta government finds 0.0003% in annual savings. #ableg #bold” Surely that will calm the markets and lenders who have already downgraded Alberta’s historically pristine credit rating.
Notley’s government was much more in its strike zone later in the week when it announced that it’s OK to have a penis and be in the girls washroom at Alberta schools so long as you and your penis feel OK about it.
Not only that, but should any school board balk at the idea that penises – which many contend can have a mind of their own – should be lurking next to their young daughters, they will be subject to dissolution.
And, for that matter, if a person in a male body (and vice versa) wishes to self identify and play sports on the “girl’s” team, that request must be honored. Any school board that does not comply with the “rights” – which go well beyond the bounds of traditional definitions of sexual orientation – of anyone who says they are “lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer, questioning and/or gender diverse” will be bulldozed.
No science is required, only belief. And a bureaucratic bulldozer.
Gender, in other words, is an outdated construct, a scientific development which no doubt will take some adjusting to on the part of those who are part of the refugee influx and other newcomers from less sophisticated cultures still hung up on biology.
Surprise! You’ve come to a country where bureaucratic tanks roll on anyone who believes in outdated concepts like gender.
We are conscious, of course, that it must be a dreadful burden to feel trapped in the body of a gender with which it is impossible to relate. And we are extra conscious that death wishes get directed at neo-con dinosaurs such as notorious old school feminist Germaine Greer, who while expressing sympathy for people in the trans community has had the temerity to say biology-based things like
“just because you lop off your penis and then wear a dress doesn’t make you a fucking woman.”
We are not sure how any of this destruction of the essence of womanhood and profoundly Orwellian purging of the concept of gender as anything other than a societal construct is shaking down at Alberta’s growing number of Islamic schools but we indeed are confident that the only sensible next step is a good old book-burning of The Female Eunuch and any of Greer’s other 42 books.
The tanks roll on, in this case over the bones of someone whose work (with which in the past we often had issue) and life was dedicated to and was successful in promoting the advancement of women, will conclude, defamed, on search engines as a misogynist.