Saturday, October 15, 2016

only three more years and this game will end--------The province is currently spending $4.4 million on a campaign promoting its climate plan, while this spring’s provincial budget was the focus of a $750,000 campaign.------The NDP government is spending $100,000 on an advertising campaign promoting its controversial legal action aimed at stopping power companies from off-loading money-losing power contracts back to the public.----

and I take my words
and say the truth
that is hard to hold in my mouth
I speak the words
that I have inside of me
and I don't wait for government
the government that is incapable
of helping them
I say my true thoughts
and when I cannot bear it any longer
I write a poem
I say the darkness there
that shadow that swims in the water
that hidden truth


and I take my words
without any spin and shining
these dark words
and say the horror of families
who have been innocent
who now realize the cover up
and abuse of the vulnerable
we say our disgust and shame in public
all these years we believed
and now we discover the facts
there is no change
the NDP are the same as the PCs
this is all a game
the PR agencies apply the varnish

and I take my words
to sow the seeds of discontent
to throw away the porridge in the bowl that is cold
we have had so many advertisements
paid by us    to ensure obedience and compliance
but really it's all a hook protruding from the slippered spin arm
of government         I watch the lines swirl like smoke
this fire won't hold and the heat vanishes as it burns
we simply wait
only three more years and this game will end
it won't matter how they strategize
or how they dance on the stage pantomiming change     we're beyond these moves 

http://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/ndp-government-spends-100000-on-advertising-power-contract-lawsuit

NDP government spends $100,000 on advertising power contract lawsuit

Published on: July 28, 2016 | Last Updated: August 10, 2016 11:03 AM MDT
The NDP government is spending $100,000 on an advertising campaign promoting its controversial legal action aimed at stopping power companies from off-loading money-losing power contracts back to the public.
The province announced Monday that it would go to court to void a clause in power purchase (PPA) regulations that allows companies to terminate the contracts if any change in law makes the deals “more unprofitable.”
The government argues the clause was unlawfully enacted under the previous Progressive Conservative government at the behest of the defunct and discredited Enron Corp. It says Albertans will be on the hook for $2 billion if the PPAs are successfully returned to the Balancing Pool, an arms-length government body.
The province has now launched ads in seven daily newspapers and 100 weeklies, as well as an online campaign, laying out its case.
“We have a responsibility to share information with Albertans about why we are going to court to protect them from being forced to pay up to $2 billion to cover the business losses of power companies,” said Matthew Williamson, a spokesperson for Premier Rachel Notley, in an e-mail Thursday.
The legal action has attracted fierce criticism however from the companies that have recently terminated their PPAs, including city-owned Enmax, Mayor Naheed Nenshi, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Alberta’s opposition parties.

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In a statement Thursday, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said “the NDP government is now doubling down on misuse of taxpayer dollars by promoting their frivolous lawsuit through ad buys.”
The Notley government has come under fire over its advertising efforts in the past. The province is currently spending $4.4 million on a campaign promoting its climate plan, while this spring’s provincial budget was the focus of a $750,000 campaign.
With stagnant oil prices, the NDP government is projecting a record $10.4-billion shortfall in that budget.
jwood@postmedia.com

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