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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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  1. ninetyninepct

    January 7, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Here is a prime example of our tax dollars hard at work, wasting money on stupid signs so the staff can grovel to an entitled politician.

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LETTER: WS a ‘voice of reason’ among the ‘left-wing loonies’

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RE: MAKICHUK: Seeking economic diversity when it’s all going to hell

I am a new subscriber to Western Standard and I want to say it’s refreshing to read your no-nonsense articles.

In fact, I enjoy reading all the columnists and it’s good to see some “voices of reason” within such a plethora of left-wing loonies.

Gary Sutherland
Calgary, AB

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LETTER: Alberta government needs to step up and fight for province

Why hasn’t any recent premier of Alberta stood up for our province against Ottawa. I thought that finally, we had a champion in Jason Kenney, but he turned out to be another of Trudeau’s useful idiots. 

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RE: MAKICHUK: Thoughts, dreams and hopes for an independent West

I am a supporter of the Western Standard. I read your piece on an independent West, and I agree with you for sure.

A couple of points; Why hasn’t any recent premier of Alberta stood up for our province against Ottawa. I thought that finally, we had a champion in Jason Kenney, but he turned out to be another of Trudeau’s useful idiots. 

He spoke many times before his election and a few times after, of the federal government staging “yet another attack on Alberta and our energy sector.”

I wonder how many times do you need to be attacked before you realize that you are at war?

It seems that no one, not Jason Kenney, not even Ralph Klein or Peter Lougheed had an undertaking of the constitution.

If they did, they would understand each of the provinces are already independent states within a confederation of independent states.

We already have control of our future. We just refuse to use that control. We ARE independent, we simply need to exercise our independence. 

Our government needs to step up and truly represent Albertans and protect our future, our rights, and our prosperity.

Maybe dust off that copy of the constitution, if we still have one.

Kurt Schiller
Bruderheim, AB

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LETTER: Alberta needs a leader with a spine to stand up to Ottawa

“We talk and talk and talk and complain and grumble and nothing moves the needle.” 

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RE: MAKICHUK: Thoughts, dreams and hopes for an independent West

Good Morning Mr. Makichuk:

I totally agree with your column on leaving with the exception of needing a leader.  We talk and talk and talk and complain and grumble and nothing moves the needle. 

We complain about how Ottawa is screwing us and yet no one steps forward to lead with a simple, forceful message that everyone can understand and relate to.  We need a leader with spine, testicular fortitude, a vision and no fear or apology to the woke political left. 

We need to stop this incessant whining because that’s how the rest of Canada now sees us — as a whiner.  We need to shut up and take action.  I think if the everyday Joe knew where to start or what to do they would but they need a leader and concerted action. 

Also, if we could form one large block with Saskatchewan this would give us a bit more of an edge but we need someone to say “okay we’re going this way” and point the way.

Gail Singh
Calgary, AB.

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