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LETTER: Travelling MLAs need to remember that they are mortals

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RE: Eighth UCP member caught travelling outside Alberta

When a Roman general celebrated a ‘triumph’, dressed in purple and gold, a companion or possibly slave beside him in the chariot whispered in his ear “Remember that you are mortal and not a god”. Jason Kenney probably wishes he’d had someone do it to caucus members Tanya Fir, Jeremy Nixon, Jason Stephan, Tracy Allard and Pat Rehn. While the rest of us didn’t even visit children or grandchildren over Christmas, these MLAs flew to warmer climes leaving mere mortals huddled at home.

Former Ontario finance minister Rod Phillips did worse, flitting off to Saint Barthélemy after contriving social media posts that made it seem he’d stayed home. And while NDP MP Niki Ashton followed protocols in visiting her sick grandmother in Greece, she didn’t bother mentioning it to her party leader or whip (who revoked her critic responsibilities).

It’s easy for well-paid politicians to start feeling special. But before ignoring rules meant for the plebs, I invite them to imagine Allard, Phillips or Ashton whispering in their ear “Remember that you are as mortal as the taxpayer, your boss.”

Especially since the alternative is voters shouting it at you after you get caught.

Stuart Taylor
Hinton, AB


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LETTER: Kenney’s Keystone antics ‘childish’

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is proving how unreliable Canadians can be in front of their largest trading partner and ally.

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RE: Kenney wants Keystone XL pipeline cash back from US

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is proving how unreliable Canadians can be in front of their largest trading partner and ally.

His wish to sue the Biden administration in Washington because they pulled out of the Keystone XL pipeline is childish and a move worthy of the likes of former President Donald Trump. One has to admire a President ready to fulfill campaign promises as soon as he takes office and he will prove to Washington’s enemies that he is a man to fear.

It’s time for Alberta to grow up and stop dictating energy and environmental policy in this country. 

Christopher Mansour
Barrie, On.

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LETTER: Thanks for clearing up the Sloan fiasco

Erin O’Toole is a fool. He is shooting his party in the foot and it is clearly a frame-up job on Derek Sloan.

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RE: FILDEBRANDT: $131 Sloan donation leak was an inside job – Conservative MPs tell us so

Thank you so much for so clearly explaining what happened to Derek Sloan.

He has mega-support out West and in certain ridings in Ontario.

Erin O’Toole is a fool. He is shooting his party in the foot and it is clearly a frame-up job on Derek Sloan.

Sloan won 16% of the popular vote (in the leadership race). Following O’Toole’s election to the leader of the party,  Pam Damoff, Liberal MP for Oakville North-Burlington, posted a letter urging O’Toole to eject Derek from the CPC caucus.

She knows very well that this un-Parliamentary ad-hominem attack would see her escorted from the House of Commons, but of course, we don’t have Parliament right now, thanks to Justin Trudeau.

Many are out to get him out of politics. It stinks! What is the difference between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Party? Negligible. 

Laura Toews
Calgary AB

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LETTER: Another reader says no way Western Standard is ‘hot garbage’

I’m not sure what “hot garbage” means. As opposed to “cold garbage” or “lukewarm garbage”?

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RE: Letter from William Graboski that Western Standard is “hot garbage.”

Dear Sir or Madam:

I’m not sure what “hot garbage” means. As opposed to “cold garbage” or “lukewarm garbage”?

I have seen garbage on fire and that’s not bad, more entertaining than cold garbage just sitting there with no one paying attention, such as the CBC. Is “hot garbage” a metaphor for sizzling commentary on unpleasant current events? If so, I am enjoying the Western Standard’s hot garbage immensely.

Jana Joujan
Medicine Hat, AB

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