On the local news this AM … Government released a statement concerning the new budget – in which they are projecting a 7 billion dollar shortfall – to the effect that they would not be cancelling any of the school construction projects so don’t worry about not getting your new school.
On closer examination one discovers that the schools in question are those promised by the now departed and unlamented Red Queen of Redmonton – over two years ago … for which project they borrowed several hundred million dollars because they didn’t have enough ready cash in the budget back then when things were going good.
They borrowed the money to build the schools to buy the votes in key ridings where the NRP of Alberta was threatened by the, then new, Wild Rose Party. The NRP of Alberta won that election in spite of loosing about twenty seats to the new contender and in spite of the insipid performance of the Whiner in Chief, the Red Queen.
Since then of course, realizing that the voters were not likely to return them to power again, they purged the Whiner in Chief in a palace coup and shortly after that bribed half the opposition, including the standup leader who promptly stood up and crossed back to her old party and basically blew off the voters who thought she was serious about challenging the NRP of Alberta. Ain’t politics grand?
And further investigation reveals that there were 31 schools in the bribe package and in fact 30 of them have already been completed. How is it possible that they might have been threatened by the sudden and unexpected shortfall of a trivial 7 billion or so. How is it possible that government planners and politicians missed the oncoming train when the entire province saw the train wreck coming and was just waiting to see how big the fireball was.
Alberta politics has the aroma of a Canada Packers meat warehouse after the refrigeration has been turned off for a week. And to think we worried about Mad Cow Disease … we should have been culling the political herd … it would probably have been of much greater benefit to the province than killing a bunch of cows. Ralph was right! Too bad we can’t really “Shoot, Shovel, and Shut-up” with politicians as well as sick cows. To paraphrase Marcellus “Something is rotten in the state of Alberta”.
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