And the winner is.....Jason Kenney

Edmonton students say UCP plans for schools prompting Friday walkout

Edmonton students planning to walk out of class Friday morning to protest policies of Alberta's new provincial government should get no resistance from staff, public and Catholic school districts say.

Students planning to walk out of class Friday morning to protest policies of Alberta’s new provincial government should get no resistance from staff, said officials at Edmonton’s public and Catholic school districts.
After Alberta voters elected a United Conservative Party government on April 16, students in Calgary concerned about the party’s stance on school gay-straight alliance (GSA) clubs began organizing a student walkout on Instagram.
Christina Hollingworth, a 12-year-old Grade 7 student at Michael Phair Junior High School, is among Edmonton students who say they’ll show their discontent by walking out of class for 20 minutes on Friday morning.
The UCP has pledged to proclaim the Education Act of 2012, replacing the School Act, which would roll back privacy protections for students who attend GSA meetings and eliminate requirements for private schools to have policies and codes of conduct to protect LGBTQ students.
Hollingworth said it isn’t right to open the door for school staff to tell families if their kids are in the GSA clubs.

Alberta's environment minister says Bighorn parks proposal will not go ahead
Alberta premier says provincial carbon tax will die May 30


EDMONTON — Alberta's premier says the province's carbon tax will no longer exist as of May 30.
Jason Kenney says a bill to eliminate the Alberta levy is to be introduced next week when the legislature begins sitting.
He says the United Conservative government wants to review court decisions in Saskatchewan and Ontario before it decides if it will challenge the federal tax in court.
The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal recently ruled in a split decision that the federal tax imposed on provinces without a carbon price of their own is constitutional.
The Ontario government is waiting for a decision on its court challenge.
Kenney campaigned for — and won — Alberta's election last month on a platform that included repealing the provincial carbon tax.

Jason should explain how he's going to balance the budget and help municipalities upgrade infrastructure
UCP 'summer of repeal' begins as new legislature session starts

Notley wants the UCP to keep the high minimum wage, farm labour rights, overtime and Union rights, goes to show what her Gov. was most interested in.
Alberta throne speech followed by bill to repeal provincial carbon tax

Issued a threat to Ottawa as well
Alberta introduces bill to change overtime pay, reduce youth minimum wage

No hard cuts yet
Former Alberta Energy Regulator CEO 'grossly mismanaged' public funds: Commissioner
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Jason should explain how he's going to balance the budget and help municipalities upgrade infrastructure

Still nothing
'This will not be an easy budget': Jason Kenney braces Albertans for government spending cuts


EDMONTON — Premier Jason Kenney warned Albertans on Wednesday evening that his government’s budget was going to cut spending, part of the necessary work to reduce government expenditures and turn the economy around.
Thursday’s budget would see a nearly three per cent cut, he said.
“It will be the most important Alberta budget in 25 years,” Kenney said in a televised suppertime address to the province. “Now, let’s be clear: this will not be an easy budget.”
In anticipation of Kenney’s address, the New Democrats and organized labour in the province went on the attack, painting the upcoming budget as an attack on essential services and vulnerable Albertans and trotting out well-worn lines about American-style health care.
But Kenney, and earlier in the day, Finance Minister Travis Toews, attempted to two-step on both sides of the issue. On one hand, cuts. On the other hand, they could be worse.
This isn’t a return to 1993, the first full year Ralph Klein was in power in the province, they promised.
“Back then they had to cut spending by 18 per cent, not three per cent,” Kenney said.
The speech came as Alberta continues to linger in a prolonged recession; unemployment rates hover around 6.6 per cent, about one percentage point higher than the national average. Other indicators, such as a spike in suicides, point to the toll the sclerotic economy is taking on mental health in the province; for each percentage increase in unemployment, 16 people commit suicide, according to a report last month from the University of Calgary School of Public Policy.
Kenney’s United Conservative Party swept to power last spring by vowing to turn the provincial economy around and using every possible legislative and rhetorical tool possible to ensure pipeline access to new markets was achieved. Kenney also promised to reduce a taxation and red-tape burden that, the party claimed, was driving away billions of dollars in private investment in the province.
One of its very first acts was to commission a report into the state of the province’s finances.
That report, completed by former Saskatchewan finance minister Janice MacKinnon last month, found the province would need to shed $600 million in spending if there was a chance of balancing the budget by 2022-23 and that in many instances, such as health care, where the province was spending more per capita than other provinces, was delivering results that fell short. If spending was in line with other provinces, MacKinnon reported, Alberta would save some $10 billion annually.
“Without decisive action, the province faces year after year of deficits and ever-increasing debt,” the report said.
While that report was seen as a blueprint to balance (or to cut down to the bone, depending on perspective) Thursday will be the first look at how the province actually intends to reign in spending while maintaining promised public services. Kenney warned that the federal government, a minority Parliament under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, couldn’t be trusted to protect Albertans, and indeed, that it had stood against Alberta’s “vital economic interests.” He compared the province to a household, that spending restraint would be necessary, saying it was key to be “self-reliant.”
“We need to dig deep as a community, caring for the least fortunate, while unleashing the spirit of enterprise that has made Alberta the envy of the world,” Kenney said as his speech closed. “I am confident that we will emerge through this time of adversity stronger than ever, with a bright future as Alberta that is strong and free.”

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Jason should explain how he's going to balance the budget and help municipalities upgrade infrastructure

....and still nothing...
He did? Which companies? How much did they get? Was it cash or tax credits that every company gets whether 100,000 employees or the one man barber shop?
Calm down
Game Over for Kenney

Jason’s ace? There was always the federal government to bash. Not anymore.

One of the many stories that the pandemic has eclipsed is Jason Kenney. Alberta’s premier is suddenly at risk of going from being one of Canada’s most successful populist politicians into its most outdated leader.
Before COVID-19 turned Times Square into a ghost town, shut down the NHL, and closed Parliament, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Taj Mahal, Kenney was making news directing elbows into Justin Trudeau’s grizzled beard — elbows sharpened by years of political skirmishing. He kept bugging Trudeau to concentrate on the economy. Alberta’s primarily.
It was the familiar harangue: Ottawa was failing the West and the energy sector, and it had to stop or else. Trudeau had other fish to fry, including extravagant promises on fighting climate change — promises he largely broke during his first term, and for which he was punished by voters in 2019.
After crushing Rachel Notley and the NDP in that year’s provincial election, Kenney turned his guns on the feds with a vengeance. His base was suffering from extreme economic angst. Nothing concentrates the mind like being out of work. Alberta’s premier had lots of targets: the hated carbon tax, the cancellation of the Energy East pipeline in 2017, and sluggish progress on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.