Saturday, August 12, 2017

Alan J. Zawyrucha I think you're just not getting it. The cons were voted out because their sense of entitlement was out of control. Instead of acknowledging why they let greed direct them and two right wing parties who hated each other merged. The behavior of Derek Filderbrandt clearly shows the only thing that changed was their name. This has nothing to do with the NDP and comments like yours shows that if the CONS get back in they will go back to stealing from us. What does the fact that the right are a bunch of thieves and liars have to do with Notley.


http://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/graham-thomson-when-is-a-political-coincidence-a-conspiracy-brian-jean-would-probably-like-to-know

Julie Ali · 

Interesting analysis of the new contender for the bitumen bank. It's troubling that the set up is to crown Mr. Kenney and depose Mr. Jean but there you go.

I guess it will be ultimately up to voters to decide if the "look in the mirror" folks from the PC error who have now amalgamated with the Wildrose Party are worth voting for as the rebranded UCP folks.

Mr. Callaway can work against Mr. Jean as Mr. Fildebrandt was but maybe he should look at what happened to Mr. Fildebrandt with the release of his housing allowance rental project information. Mr. Jean sounds more and more like the best choice as leader of the UCP considering a sea of Brutus types around him. Good luck Mr. Jean!
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Chris Manchester
Again. May I ask if the UCP is of no concern and the NDP are Alberta's saviour, why is the left so obsessed? Let it go. Run on what an amazing job Rachel and her party has done.
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Andrew MacDonald · 

Maybe some of the UCP candidates should do the same, as in releasing policy proposals instead of bashing the NDP every chance they get.
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Chris Manchester
I don't know if one term is " kicking anyone too the curb...."
I do agree Andrew that bashing your opponent has been the new way of getting votes by all parties
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Chris Manchester
But my point was all the left leaning people obsessed with a party they came have no chance.
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Alan J. Zawyrucha · 

I think you're just not getting it. The cons were voted out because their sense of entitlement was out of control. Instead of acknowledging why they let greed direct them and two right wing parties who hated each other merged. The behavior of Derek Filderbrandt clearly shows the only thing that changed was their name. This has nothing to do with the NDP and comments like yours shows that if the CONS get back in they will go back to stealing from us. What does the fact that the right are a bunch of thieves and liars have to do with Notley.
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Chris Manchester
After two years only...Rachel has tried to pull off two pay for time dinners. The Cons have done that and wasn't right. So are you gents saying Rachel gets 44 years of corruption for balance?
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Julie Ali · 

Alan J. Zawyrucha I know the PCs were voted out because of entitlement, lack of performance and no representation. That is why I voted NDP in the last election. I was tired of the junk. However I don't see why I should exempt the NDP from criticism when it is warranted. Nor do I believe I should pretend that anyone but Mr. Jean and the UCP will win in the next election. It's my belief that Mr. Jean will be the premier. In any case, my opinion isn't going to change the way Albertans will vote in the next election. I imagine each voter will make his or her own decision. Sometimes we make this decision emotionally as we did in the last election when we said enough is enough. This time around the Fildebrandt has shown us that the new UCP has folks with the same entitlement complex of the PCs we booted out. But do you really think that the NDP folks are free of entitlement? Doubtful. In my opinion, the poor representation I have received in Riverbend is sufficient for my family to go to the Alberta Party in the next election. We trusted the NDP to make change happen in the continuing care system and it's the same old same old of the PCs. Nothing different at all.
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J.E. Molnar
Now that Derek Fildebrandt, (AKA Mike Duffy wannabe), has gone into hiding will the new, improved UCP do the right thing and expel his butt out of the party? Fildebrandt's latest bozo-eruption has once again become a national embarrassment.

Laugh along if you have a sense of humour. Go to: thebeavertondotcom (Alberta MLA)
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Jimmy James
Not a chance of expulsion. Fibberbrat represents the True CORE values of the Unstable Clown Posse(UCP). Even his Constituancy President of his riding praised him for GOOD Money Management. Kind of sound like he represents Hazzard County, is owned and operated by someone like J.D. Hogg
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J.E. Molnar
Jimmy James: You’re right. The UCP talks out of both sides of its mouth when it comes to taxpayer improprieties. Even their new leader, Nathan Cooper, refuses to condemn Fildebrandt’s actions. Instead remarks how he’s glad he apologized and returned the ill-gotten money. So much “for the fearless fighters for the taxpayer and the sworn enemy of politician entitlement.” Sad.
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Allan Paquet · 

Have you looked under the refrigerator ?
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Troy Runzer · 

Most interesting will be the reaction to these events by politicians from every party. How vocal will MLA's become, and how deeply will the Legislature delve into the housing allowance issue? In other news, the UCP will either get their act together and treat each other respectfully, or they will tear eàch other to pieces and make themselves a laughingstock. I will determine my next vote in large part from the actions of all connected to these events.
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Julie Ali · 

I don't think the NDP folks will do anything about the housing allowance rules. What will probably happen is that they will score political points because of Mr. Fildebrandt's business acumen and we'll all forget this mess until the next housing allowance abuse. This sort of abuse appear to happen on a schedule in Alberta.
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Troy Runzer · 

Julie, you call it business acumen, I call it a lack of ethics by a self-professed fiscal hawk. I won't forget it and I know it will harm the Conservative brand - why do you think everyone is ducking for cover? People like you who just seem to passively accept this nonsense, without making it a lasting issue of character are the biggest problem.
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Julie Ali · 

Bill Adams The new pigs at the trough are exactly like the old ones --all politicians are the same and all political parties do what they want to stay in power.
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Julie Ali · 

Troy Runzer I was being sarcastic here but I guess you did not get it. I don't think I am the problem. Maybe you should put your own bias away and instead of grouping people into "people like you" understand that we are entitled to our own opinions. My opinion since it is not clear to you is that Mr. Fildebrandt made a mistake that revealed his true character to us. We learned from his mistake. I imagine this will result in him not being rehired in the next election. I fully understand the issue and this is why I have commented negatively on Mr. Fildebrandt's commercial venture using other people's money (our money). I encourage you to look beyond political brands and your own bias. All political parties are the same. All politicians have the ability to tolerate dissonance between what they profess and what they do. In this case we were able to see the dissonance very clearly. Thanks to the UCP folks possibly releasing this data.
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Gord Jacquie Clancy
Poor Brian Jean and his supporters duped into believing they would be treated as allies in this new party. Obviously the conservatives have other plans lol
This is going to be popcorn worthy. #ettubrute #DerekFilldemPockets
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Jason Vaudrin
Best read all week.
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Thomas Glover · 

The Wildhosers are being treated as well as they deserve
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Tim Nagel
Maybe... we'll see
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Stover Ed
Duped is probably correct, although Jean and the WRP willingly went along. I thought everyone with any degree of thinking ability could see that that jk of a candidate was in it for himself only, never intending to be PC or include WRP in his UCP (the word "conservative" is in the new name, but nothing remotely Wildrose - didn't that tell anyone anything!??!?!). My opinion.
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Tim Nagel
I'll be watching who will be the most integral of all these men ... and for now Brian is way the hell out front buy about 6 car lengths and he's driving a new hellcat
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Julie Ali · 

The first thing I am curious about is who in the UCP knew of Mr. Fildebrandt's private business venture and who gave this information to the press? If the Wildrose folks knew of this profit making business by Mr. Fildebrandt and this information was not released until Mr. Fildebrandt continued yapping about his support for Mr. Kenney and his non-support for Mr. Jean, well then this is a bit of a failure on the part of the Wildrose folks.
Mind you Mr. Fildebrandt would be hard to discipline so perhaps Mr. Jean did not bother.

I am also curious why Mr. Jean and Mr. Kenney as leadership hopefuls aren't addressing this issue ----being fiscally Conservative and frugal folks that they supposedly are. Leadership candidates should not shy away from wading through the mud of an issue to speak clearly about the job requirements for their MLAs.

This issue has only been addressed by Mr. Greg Clark of the Alberta Party. I'm of the belief that the Alberta Party might be a better place for Conservative voters to park their votes in the next provincial election. He's been upfront about the issue, made good suggestions to get this matter reviewed and also spoken about the ethical requirements of politicians which might be an oxymoron but is also rather neat.
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Tim McTaggart
Yeah, lets pepper our votes to all these splinter groups so we can have 4 more years of the NDP.
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Anna Lori Pears
Tim McTaggart Yup, the new kid on the block is only a diversion from the fiasco with DF.
Just watch. JC will hang on until we are close to the finish, then will fold his tent and support Jason Kenney.
What people fail to realize (some people, including DF and JC) is that Kenney is a smooth smooth politician. EXACTLY what Alberta DOES NOT NEED.
We need loyalty, integrity and honesty, and we have ONE person for the job of leader, and that is Brian Jean.
As far as Brian Jean thinking he is somehow important to the party...yes, he IS the party.
He's the guy we trust, he's the guy who comes from a place where basically everyone knew him and his family for years, and they all support him. We can trust him, and nothing else matters.
Jason Kenney essentially didn't have a job, or a party...not a viable one anyways, and if he truly was on the side of Albertans he would have just stayed out of it, instead of running around behind Brian Jean, late to the party so to speak, parroting everything Brian said. Now he is turning screws behind closed doors, trying to get people from Brian's team, the Brian that everyone is actually supporting, to throw Brian under the bus.
How is he getting this done? Because he's smooth, and some of these people are not sophisticated enough to see what he is doing.
Anyway, there is no doubt in my mind that Brian Jean will prevail, become the new leader, and the Premier...because Albertans might make mistakes, but we don't usually make the same ones.
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Julie Ali · 

Tim McTaggart I think we can do what we like don't you? We're living in a democracy or are we living in Russia now? I don't think we need to cleave to one party. If the NDP get in -which I highly doubt so what? All political parties appear to be similarly incompetent in power. We've had 44 years of the wasteful PCs who could not save enough money in the Heritage Trust Fund for the billions that the oil and gas industry walked away with. We are going to be left with the liabilities of the orphan well program that we are already subsidizing with tax payer money for what reason I can't determine since this is not our liability. And the tailings ponds are apparently going to be turned into a lake district with all the flocculants and precipitants down at the bottom of pits over which no doubt we will go fishing. The failed oversight of the AER is before us and folks just yap about the failed governance of the NDP folks which is also present but no different than that of the PCs. I imagine the situation will be the same with the UCPs with probably worse outcomes in terms of environmental liabilities with the Kenney in charge.
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Julie Ali · 

Anna Lori Pears I like Mr. Jean. I don't think he had much choice about joining up with the PCs because of some of the Kenney supporters in the Wildrose Party. I won't vote for the UCP folks. I would have voted for Mr. Jean in charge of the Wildrose Party. I believe he will prevail over the backstabbing by the Fildebrandt and successors. It will be nice to see the Brutus folks relegated to Siberia in the back benches when he becomes premier. Meanwhile I will park my vote with the Alberta Party.
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Thomas Glover · 

re: "He has been forced to temporarily flee the province on vacation after getting embroiled in a self-generated scandal"..... One word: coward. Keep in mind Fildebrat was supposed to be the finance critic. His lack of action on that front is also notable. Lack of morals, maybe, but he was just a self-entitled pig at the public trough. He needs to resign before he wastes any more of our money.
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Claude DeRoche
Fildepocket? 
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Valerie Martel
Claude DeRoche : #fildepockets and RUN, RUN, RUN!!
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Johann Coltrane
Put new lipstick on a pig and it's still a pig. UCP is still coated in the same sleaze as the old Alberta Progress Conservative Party. As for Kenney, his Gay Mafia tactics under Harper seem to be alive and well in his new adopted party. It all stinks.
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Jimmy James
I will bet that Mr. Jean never wanted to do the merger thing, but was pressured by his former boss Harper, who more than likely had been pulling the strings of the Alberta Clownservatives and The Wretched Rose, having had former underlings, Jean running the Wretched Rose, and Prentice and the Kenney running the Clowns.
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“I don’t think Albertans voted for me, or for us, so that we would merge with the Progressive Conservatives. Merging with the Tories is not one of our priorities. Anyone who wants to join us would have to sit as an independent.”
- Brian Jean, May 6, 2015 (Edmonton Journal)
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Darcy McAllister · 

Sooooo, you suspect Brian Jean's former finance critic and party president have both publicly bad mouthed him.

And we should feel sorry for Brian Jean.

Because people who have worked closely with him bad mouth him.
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Anna Lori Pears
Ask yourself this. Who did the guy who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar bad mouth? (Hint: DF)
Which to me is a resounding endorsement of Brian Jean for the thinking Albertans in the crowd, and there are a lot of them.
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Midge Lambert · 

"Jean would be under attack but Kenney could float cleanly above the fray" which is exactly where Kenney's manipulations always seem to magically place him.
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Julie Ali · 

Mr. Kenney is not the leader yet. I have faith in ordinary Albertans that they won't make another mistake after the mistake of joining with the PCs.
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Sharon Sullivan-Olsen
We the party membership will be the ones choosing the next party leader not the press nor those that can do nothing but bash. I am wondering if each of those responding to this news item were to post their political party of choice we would see how many dared to say NDP!
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Julie Ali · 

I voted for the NDP in the last election based on their promise of 2,000 long term care beds. Besides the PCs were just too arrogant and entitled. The Sky Palace fiasco coupled with the threat of closure of the Michener Center indicated to me the wide gap between the PC oil monarchs and the citizens. I am not impressed with the NDP governance to date but then they are stuck with Tory inserts like Mr. Berger if he is still around. It's hard to be a new government without experienced MLAs. I feel I have not been represented by Dr. Bob Turner in Riverbend with reference to issues. I am not going to vote NDP again.
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Melina Dayne
Be careful in Edmonton. Many dangers. Is que jumping still going on in Alberta. It was alive and well , although AHS denied it. Lots of irregularities in AHS - be careful. At RAH, my mother went in for a simple procedure, cataract extraction. The doctor cut into her eye like a piece of steak. Sent her home blinded. They did not tell her. Another doctor at RAH was sued for nearly killing her - its on the internet. Mrs Cooper won the case. Beware Beware Beware. Poor medical care. Do not take your dog to RAH>
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Julie Ali · 

These are serious allegations. I doubt that there will be any sort of response by AHS or Alberta Health but perhaps you should still make a complaint.
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Robin Brentnall
Brian Jean, Lord of the Liars, King of the Krazies, still wondering why his most ardent redneck is once again in trouble...
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Julie Ali · 

And you think that other politicians of other parties are pristine?
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Mike Arnold
And these clowns would like run the province?
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Devin ZoBell · 

United Clown Party?
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Julie Ali · 

Devin ZoBell NDP--New Dud Party?
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Todd Guggenmos · 

Finance Critic during an NDP regime=easiest job ever.
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Delayna Michelle
Hmmmmm - not sure Filderbrandt would agree with that statement today 🤔
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Thomas Glover · 

And he still screwed it up
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Geoffrey A Pounder
"It sure seemed like the B.C. government was trying to pour cold water on Notley’s good-news event."

Or maybe Notley was trying to pour cold water on the B.C. govt's good-news event.
Enbridge Line 3 replacement was approved last November. Yesterday Premier Notley toured a pipeline construction site. Hardly newsworthy.
Yesterday BC announced that it would be seeking intervener status on the legal action challenging the federal govt's approval of the project, and enlisted former BC Supreme Court judge Thomas Berger to lead the legal battle. Now that's news.

Thomson's pro-Notley pro-pipeline hype is relentless.
Hardly journalism.
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Julie Ali · 

I don't actually see a pro-Notley bias. Also, I seem to recall when the PCs were in power that Mr. Thomson was being blasted for his pro-PC bias. Maybe the bias in the reader and not the columnist?
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Tim Nagel
Man this is gunna be good... I hope it don't tear them all apart .... that would be so bad
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Bernie Kiers · 

Sounds like quite the spin job Graham.
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Shawn Phelan · 

Spin? Graham Thompson spins for no one.
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Jason Yan · 

And you call your self a Harver graduate????
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Corie Wednesday Amundson · 

Imploding as predicted.
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It was like tag team wrestling — with Fildebrandt and Callaway in one corner and a perplexed Jean in the other. What had he done to deserve this?

Sometimes a coincidence is just a coincidence. Unless it’s a political coincidence, that is. Then it can easily smell like a conspiracy.
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Tim Nagel I'll be watching who will be the most integral of all these men ... and for now Brian is way the hell out front buy about 6 car lengths and he's driving a new hellcat

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Julie Ali The first thing I am curious about is who in the UCP knew of Mr. Fildebrandt's private business venture and who gave this information to the press? If the Wildrose folks knew of this profit making business by Mr. Fildebrandt and this information was not released until Mr. Fildebrandt continued yapping about his support for Mr. Kenney and his non-support for Mr. Jean, well then this is a bit of a failure on the part of the Wildrose folks.
Mind you Mr. Fildebrandt would be hard to discipline so perhaps Mr. Jean did not bother.

I am also curious why Mr. Jean and Mr. Kenney as leadership hopefuls aren't addressing this issue ----being fiscally Conservative and frugal folks that they supposedly are. Leadership candidates should not shy away from wading through the mud of an issue to speak clearly about the job requirements for their MLAs. 

This issue has only been addressed by Mr. Greg Clark of the Alberta Party. I'm of the belief that the Alberta Party might be a better place for Conservative voters to park their votes in the next provincial election. He's been upfront about the issue, made good suggestions to get this matter reviewed and also spoken about the ethical requirements of politicians which might be an oxymoron but is also rather neat.

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Tim McTaggart Yeah, lets pepper our votes to all these splinter groups so we can have 4 more years of the NDP.

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Bill Adams Tim McTaggart he he ha ha you got it with your low ethics tory clowns

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Anna Lori Pears Tim McTaggart Yup, the new kid on the block is only a diversion from the fiasco with DF.
Just watch. JC will hang on until we are close to the finish, then will fold his tent and support Jason Kenney.
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g DF and JC) is that Kenney is a smooth smooth politician. EXACTLY what Alberta DOES NOT NEED.
We need loyalty, integrity and honesty, and we have ONE person for the job of leader, and that is Brian Jean.
As far as Brian Jean thinking he is somehow important to the party...yes, he IS the party.
He's the guy we trust, he's the guy who comes from a place where basically everyone knew him and his family for years, and they all support him. We can trust him, and nothing else matters.
Jason Kenney essentially didn't have a job, or a party...not a viable one anyways, and if he truly was on the side of Albertans he would have just stayed out of it, instead of running around behind Brian Jean, late to the party so to speak, parroting everything Brian said. Now he is turning screws behind closed doors, trying to get people from Brian's team, the Brian that everyone is actually supporting, to throw Brian under the bus.
How is he getting this done? Because he's smooth, and some of these people are not sophisticated enough to see what he is doing.
Anyway, there is no doubt in my mind that Brian Jean will prevail, become the new leader, and the Premier...because Albertans might make mistakes, but we don't usually make the same ones.

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Julie Ali Tim McTaggart I think we can do what we like don't you? We're living in a democracy or are we living in Russia now? I don't think we need to cleave to one party. If the NDP get in -which I highly doubt so what? All political parties appear to be similarly incompetent in power. We've had 44 years of the wasteful PCs who could not save enough money in the Heritage Trust Fund for the billions that the oil and gas industry walked away with. We are going to be left with the liabilities of the orphan well program that we are already subsidizing with tax payer money for what reason I can't determine since this is not our liability. And the tailings ponds are apparently going to be turned into a lake district with all the flocculants and precipitants down at the bottom of pits over which no doubt we will go fishing. The failed oversight of the AER is before us and folks just yap about the failed governance of the NDP folks which is also present but no different than that of the PCs. I imagine the situation will be the same with the UCPs with probably worse outcomes in terms of environmental liabilities with the Kenney in charge.

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Julie Ali Anna Lori Pears I like Mr. Jean. I don't think he had much choice about joining up with the PCs because of some of the Kenney supporters in the Wildrose Party. I won't vote for the UCP folks. I would have voted for Mr. Jean in charge of the Wildrose Party. I believe he will prevail over the backstabbing by the Fildebrandt and successors. It will be nice to see the Brutus folks relegated to Siberia in the back benches when he becomes premier. Meanwhile I will park my vote with the Alberta Party.

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Julie Ali Interesting analysis of the new contender for the bitumen bank. It's troubling that the set up is to crown Mr. Kenney and depose Mr. Jean but there you go. 

I guess it will be ultimately up to voters to decide if the "look in the mirror" folks from th
e PC error who have now amalgamated with the Wildrose Party are worth voting for as the rebranded UCP folks. 

Mr. Callaway can work against Mr. Jean as Mr. Fildebrandt was but maybe he should look at what happened to Mr. Fildebrandt with the release of his housing allowance rental project information. Mr. Jean sounds more and more like the best choice as leader of the UCP considering a sea of Brutus types around him. Good luck Mr. Jean!

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Chris Manchester Again. May I ask if the UCP is of no concern and the NDP are Alberta's saviour, why is the left so obsessed? Let it go. Run on what an amazing job Rachel and her party has done.

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Andrew MacDonald Maybe some of the UCP candidates should do the same, as in releasing policy proposals instead of bashing the NDP every chance they get.

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Bill Adams not amazing but way better on scandals which is why we kicked the tories to the curb, he he ha ha

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Chris Manchester I don't know if one term is " kicking anyone too the curb...."
I do agree Andrew that bashing your opponent has been the new way of getting votes by all parties

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Chris Manchester But my point was all the left leaning people obsessed with a party they came have no chance.

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Alan J. Zawyrucha I think you're just not getting it. The cons were voted out because their sense of entitlement was out of control. Instead of acknowledging why they let greed direct them and two right wing parties who hated each other merged. The behavior of Derek Filderbrandt clearly shows the only thing that changed was their name. This has nothing to do with the NDP and comments like yours shows that if the CONS get back in they will go back to stealing from us. What does the fact that the right are a bunch of thieves and liars have to do with Notley.

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Bill Adams Chris Manchester sure sure bring back the super super corupt tories we miss the scandals, why should trump ville have all the fun!

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Chris Manchester After two years only...Rachel has tried to pull off two pay for time dinners. The Cons have done that and wasn't right. So are you gents saying Rachel gets 44 years of corruption for balance?

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Julie Ali Alan J. Zawyrucha I know the PCs were voted out because of entitlement, lack of performance and no representation. That is why I voted NDP in the last election. I was tired of the junk. However I don't see why I should exempt the NDP from criticism when it is warranted. Nor do I believe I should pretend that anyone but Mr. Jean and the UCP will win in the next election. It's my belief that Mr. Jean will be the premier. In any case, my opinion isn't going to change the way Albertans will vote in the next election. I imagine each voter will make his or her own decision. Sometimes we make this decision emotionally as we did in the last election when we said enough is enough. This time around the Fildebrandt has shown us that the new UCP has folks with the same entitlement complex of the PCs we booted out. But do you really think that the NDP folks are free of entitlement? Doubtful. In my opinion, the poor representation I have received in Riverbend is sufficient for my family to go to the Alberta Party in the next election. We trusted the NDP to make change happen in the continuing care system and it's the same old same old of the PCs. Nothing different at all.

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J.E. Molnar Now that Derek Fildebrandt, (AKA Mike Duffy wannabe), has gone into hiding will the new, improved UCP do the right thing and expel his butt out of the party? Fildebrandt's latest bozo-eruption has once again become a national embarrassment. 

Laugh along if you have a sense of humour. Go to: thebeavertondotcom (Alberta MLA)

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Jimmy James Not a chance of expulsion. Fibberbrat represents the True CORE values of the Unstable Clown Posse(UCP). Even his Constituancy President of his riding praised him for GOOD Money Management. Kind of sound like he represents Hazzard County, is owned and operated by someone like J.D. Hogg

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J.E. Molnar Jimmy James: You’re right. The UCP talks out of both sides of its mouth when it comes to taxpayer improprieties. Even their new leader, Nathan Cooper, refuses to condemn Fildebrandt’s actions. Instead remarks how he’s glad he apologized and returned the ill-gotten money. So much “for the fearless fighters for the taxpayer and the sworn enemy of politician entitlement.” Sad.

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Allan Paquet Have you looked under the refrigerator ?

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Bill Adams Allan Paquet for you, he he ha ha?

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Troy Runzer Most interesting will be the reaction to these events by politicians from every party. How vocal will MLA's become, and how deeply will the Legislature delve into the housing allowance issue? In other news, the UCP will either get their act together and treat each other respectfully, or they will tear eàch other to pieces and make themselves a laughingstock. I will determine my next vote in large part from the actions of all connected to these events.

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Julie Ali I don't think the NDP folks will do anything about the housing allowance rules. What will probably happen is that they will score political points because of Mr. Fildebrandt's business acumen and we'll all forget this mess until the next housing allowance abuse. This sort of abuse appear to happen on a schedule in Alberta.

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Bill Adams Julie Ali it sure does after 44 years of the pigs at the trough

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Troy Runzer Julie, you call it business acumen, I call it a lack of ethics by a self-professed fiscal hawk. I won't forget it and I know it will harm the Conservative brand - why do you think everyone is ducking for cover? People like you who just seem to passively accept this nonsense, without making it a lasting issue of character are the biggest problem.

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Julie Ali Bill Adams The new pigs at the trough are exactly like the old ones --all politicians are the same and all political parties do what they want to stay in power.

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Julie Ali Troy Runzer I was being sarcastic here but I guess you did not get it. I don't think I am the problem. Maybe you should put your own bias away and instead of grouping people into "people like you" understand that we are entitled to our own opinions. My opinion since it is not clear to you is that Mr. Fildebrandt made a mistake that revealed his true character to us. We learned from his mistake. I imagine this will result in him not being rehired in the next election. I fully understand the issue and this is why I have commented negatively on Mr. Fildebrandt's commercial venture using other people's money (our money). I encourage you to look beyond political brands and your own bias. All political parties are the same. All politicians have the ability to tolerate dissonance between what they profess and what they do. In this case we were able to see the dissonance very clearly. Thanks to the UCP folks possibly releasing this data.

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Gord Jacquie Clancy Poor Brian Jean and his supporters duped into believing they would be treated as allies in this new party. Obviously the conservatives have other plans lol
This is going to be popcorn worthy. #ettubrute #DerekFilldemPockets

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Jason Vaudrin Best read all week.

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Thomas Glover The Wildhosers are being treated as well as they deserve

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Tim Nagel Maybe... we'll see

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Stover Ed Duped is probably correct, although Jean and the WRP willingly went along. I thought everyone with any degree of thinking ability could see that that jk of a candidate was in it for himself only, never intending to be PC or include WRP in his UCP (the word "conservative" is in the new name, but nothing remotely Wildrose - didn't that tell anyone anything!??!?!). My opinion.

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Bill Adams Tim Nagel its preety clear now he he ha ha

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Thomas Glover re: "He has been forced to temporarily flee the province on vacation after getting embroiled in a self-generated scandal"..... One word: coward. Keep in mind Fildebrat was supposed to be the finance critic. His lack of action on that front is also notable. Lack of morals, maybe, but he was just a self-entitled pig at the public trough. He needs to resign before he wastes any more of our money.

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Claude DeRoche Fildepocket? 

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Valerie Martel Claude DeRoche : #fildepockets and RUN, RUN, RUN!!

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Johann Coltrane Put new lipstick on a pig and it's still a pig. UCP is still coated in the same sleaze as the old Alberta Progress Conservative Party. As for Kenney, his Gay Mafia tactics under Harper seem to be alive and well in his new adopted party. It all stinks.

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Jimmy James I will bet that Mr. Jean never wanted to do the merger thing, but was pressured by his former boss Harper, who more than likely had been pulling the strings of the Alberta Clownservatives and The Wretched Rose, having had former underlings, Jean running the Wretched Rose, and Prentice and the Kenney running the Clowns.

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Claude DeRoche “I don’t think Albertans voted for me, or for us, so that we would merge with the Progressive Conservatives. Merging with the Tories is not one of our priorities. Anyone who wants to join us would have to sit as an independent.”
- Brian Jean, May 6, 2015 (Edmonton Journal)

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Darcy McAllister Sooooo, you suspect Brian Jean's former finance critic and party president have both publicly bad mouthed him. 

And we should feel sorry for Brian Jean. 


Because people who have worked closely with him bad mouth him.

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Anna Lori Pears Ask yourself this. Who did the guy who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar bad mouth? (Hint: DF)
Which to me is a resounding endorsement of Brian Jean for the thinking Albertans in the crowd, and there are a lot of them.

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Midge Lambert "Jean would be under attack but Kenney could float cleanly above the fray" which is exactly where Kenney's manipulations always seem to magically place him.

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Julie Ali Mr. Kenney is not the leader yet. I have faith in ordinary Albertans that they won't make another mistake after the mistake of joining with the PCs.

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Sharon Sullivan-Olsen We the party membership will be the ones choosing the next party leader not the press nor those that can do nothing but bash. I am wondering if each of those responding to this news item were to post their political party of choice we would see how many dared to say NDP!

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Julie Ali I voted for the NDP in the last election based on their promise of 2,000 long term care beds. Besides the PCs were just too arrogant and entitled. The Sky Palace fiasco coupled with the threat of closure of the Michener Center indicated to me the wide gap between the PC oil monarchs and the citizens. I am not impressed with the NDP governance to date but then they are stuck with Tory inserts like Mr. Berger if he is still around. It's hard to be a new government without experienced MLAs. I feel I have not been represented by Dr. Bob Turner in Riverbend with reference to issues. I am not going to vote NDP again.

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Melina Dayne Be careful in Edmonton. Many dangers. Is que jumping still going on in Alberta. It was alive and well , although AHS denied it. Lots of irregularities in AHS - be careful. At RAH, my mother went in for a simple procedure, cataract extraction. The doctor cut into her eye like a piece of steak. Sent her home blinded. They did not tell her. Another doctor at RAH was sued for nearly killing her - its on the internet. Mrs Cooper won the case. Beware Beware Beware. Poor medical care. Do not take your dog to RAH>

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Julie Ali These are serious allegations. I doubt that there will be any sort of response by AHS or Alberta Health but perhaps you should still make a complaint.

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Robin Brentnall Brian Jean, Lord of the Liars, King of the Krazies, still wondering why his most ardent redneck is once again in trouble...

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Julie Ali And you think that other politicians of other parties are pristine?

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Mike Arnold And these clowns would like run the province?

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Devin ZoBell United Clown Party?

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Julie Ali Devin ZoBell NDP--New Dud Party?

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Todd Guggenmos Finance Critic during an NDP regime=easiest job ever.

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Delayna Michelle Hmmmmm - not sure Filderbrandt would agree with that statement today 🤔

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Thomas Glover And he still screwed it up

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Geoffrey A Pounder "It sure seemed like the B.C. government was trying to pour cold water on Notley’s good-news event."

Or maybe Notley was trying to pour cold water on the B.C. govt's good-news event.

Enbridge Line 3 replacement was approved last November. Yesterday Premier Notley toured a pipeline construction site. Hardly newsworthy.
Yesterday BC announced that it would be seeking intervener status on the legal action challenging the federal govt's approval of the project, and enlisted former BC Supreme Court judge Thomas Berger to lead the legal battle. Now that's news.

Thomson's pro-Notley pro-pipeline hype is relentless.
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Julie Ali I don't actually see a pro-Notley bias. Also I seem to recall when the PCs were in power that Mr. Thomson was being blasted for his pro-PC bias. Maybe the bias in the reader and not the columnist?

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Tim Nagel Man this is gunna be good... I hope it don't tear them all apart .... that would be so bad

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Bernie Kiers Sounds like quite the spin job Graham.

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Shawn Phelan Spin? Graham Thompson spins for no one.

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Jason Yan And you call your self a Harver graduate????

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Corie Wednesday Amundson Imploding as predicted.

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