The (Right) News Rundown
- Kenney claims it's all been taken out of context.
- “I have said that I would not repeal Bill 10, if that’s what you’re asking me. And I do, however, think that parents have a right to know what’s going on with their kids in the schools unless the parents are abusive." - Jason Kenney
- Alberta education minister David Eggen said he was "disturbed" by Kenney's remarks.
- The condemnation also came from former MLA Laurie Blakeman who introduced Bill 10.
- K.D. Lang also chimed in with a sarcastic tweet: You're gay aren't you? @jkenney
- Down near the end of the article Global shares Kenney's official statement: https://www.facebook.com/kenneyjasont/posts/10155125117682641
- The BC Conservatives are expected to be a centre-right free enterprise alternative to the BC Liberal party.
- It was recently revealed by The Rebel that the de facto leader of the BC Conservatives has ties to the BC NDP. John Twigg who is filling this role was the press secretary for former premier Dave Barrett. He also donated to the leadership campaign of John Horgan in 2011. Twigg's former NDP colleague David Schreck also has been promoting BC Conservative candidates and the party on Twitter.
- Former leader Dan Brooks was fired by a party board led by John Twigg late in 2016, after it was revealed that the meeting Brooks was acclaimed leader did not achieve quorum, a legal technicality. After that, the BC Conservatives were left without a de jure leader heading into the election, and there was and still appears to be no plans to hold a leadership election before the upcoming May provincial election.
- Kay Hale who is running for the BC Conservatives this election actually ran for the BC NDP in the 2005 election in the riding of Queensborough. This however, wasn't a case of swapping parties because of a different ideology. Kay Hale actually feels that the BC Conservatives are more centrist than the BC Liberals.
- Vernon Monashee candidate Nels Harrington also was clearly against the former Harper government, and has spent time posting memes on Facebook comparing Harper to Adolph Hitler. He also appears to be very much against natural resource development.
- B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan will hold his major pre-election fundraiser on Thursday night in a posh Vancouver hotel ballroom with 450 or so supporters and would-be allies. Donors are paying up to $1,000 a person for a stand-up reception – not even a chicken dinner – with the man who hopes to end the B.C. Liberals’ 16-year-long reign on election day in May.
- The irony is that the first piece of legislation Mr. Horgan would introduce if he becomes premier would be designed to get rid of “big money” in politics.
- Premier Christy Clark, in the last Question Period exchange of the spring legislative session, deflected attacks on her own cash-for-access fundraising by talking instead about Mr. Horgan’s. “Well, here we have a Leader of the Opposition that says no one should take donations from corporations, and then he takes donations from corporations.”
- The fact that the two leaders exchanged barbs on campaign finance in their last one-on-one before the election debates does not mean this will be a key issue in the campaign. The New Democrats argue that they can’t afford to take the high road, at the risk of losing to the well-funded Liberals.
- Mr. Horgan’s argument that an opposition party can’t be influenced by big money implies that no one who is giving money to his party now might expect to call in the favour if he wins. That’s unlikely. As much as the New Democrats are keeping track of who is showing up with a cheque now, donors will expect to be remembered if this party forms the government on May 9.
The Firing Line
- "Environment Canada told Catherine McKenna early in her mandate as minister that a price on carbon would have to go as high as $300 per tonne in 2050 for Canada to meet its climate targets, a secret briefing document shows"
- A $100 per tonne tax would need to be in place by 2020.
- These targets are the same targets set by the former government that reduces levels to 30% below 2005 by 2030.
- “Unless you’re going to go further than you’ve said so far, in between the years of 2022 and 2030,” Andrew Leach said [a professor at the University of Alberta who worked at Environment Canada under the Harper government and advised the Alberta government on carbon taxation], the government won’t be on track to meet its target. “You’re going to need more stringent policies.”
- Then we end with an estimate of the costs "claimed" by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation: "The Canadian Taxpayers Federation claims average households could see a cost of up to $2,500 per family with a $50-per-tonne price, while estimates from think-tanks and academics put the number closer to $1,500."
Word of the Week
Quorum - the number (such as a majority) of officers or members of a body that when duly assembled is legally competent to transact business (M-W.com). A quorum is meant to protect against unrepresentative action in the name of the body by a small number of people.
How to Find Us
Episode Title: The Dangers of Big Money, Vote Splitting, and Carbon Taxes
Teaser: Context regarding Jason Kenney and GSA’s in Alberta. Big money hits BC politics and the BC Conservatives face NDP infiltrators. Plus, how high of a carbon tax would be necessary to reach environmental targets?
Recorded Date: April 1, 2017
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Edit Notes: None