When I took the time to sit down and write a letter to Mr. Kenney I thought one of two things will happen. One, I would be completely ignored. A very legitimate possibility. After all I am only one person, one vote, one adult tax payer in the whole province of Alberta, in an electoral district heavy involved in Oil and Gas that is almost guaranteed to vote UPC in the next election. The second possibility I considered was I would get a reply from a low-level staffer or campaign office that would attempt to sooth my anger at our current situation, place blame and not offer any real answers, solutions or information. In both situations I would be completely blown off. One politely and the other rudely. You can draw your own conclusions from the response below.
—– Original Message —–
From: “UCPCaucusOffice” <UCPCaucusOffice@assembly.ab.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 11:43:07 AM
Subject: RE: Letter to Mr Kenney
Dear Ambrose Ralph,
Thank you for your email and for sharing your thought. We have heard again and again from Albertans who have been hurt economically, and are struggling to get by. Many of these problems can be traced to the NDP’s disastrous policies that they have implemented since they formed government.
Should Mr. Kenney be elected premier after the next election, he plans to restore the Alberta Advantage and get Alberta working again.
Unfortunately, regarding the specific questions you asked in your letter, we do not have detailed policies in those areas. We are still in the process of developing our platform while consulting with Albertans. We will have more information on our specific plans for Alberta when the UCP releases their platform next year.
Office of Hon Jason Kenney PC MLA
Leader, Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 9:58 AM
To: Calgary Lougheed <Calgary.Lougheed@assembly.ab.ca>; email@example.com
Subject: Letter to Mr Kenney
Please see attached. We await your reply.
I would conclude that one voter was politely and rudely ignored all at once. But I am not just one vote. I am absolutely amazed at the people following my blog and viewing my LinkedIn articles and profile. Together we are many voices and many votes. I will give Kenney some leeway and say that he is going into an election cycle and that releasing his view on policy and a platform at this point may not be a wise political move, due to the ruling party having the ability to counter his goals. I would want to create momentum going into an election and release my platform at my election kick off news conference with lots of glitz and glamour. I was very anger at the response. Dam well pissed off to be honest. I was lied too. The Alberta voters were lied too in that letter. I can’t go as far as to call a politician a liar because that response was from a low lever staffer. Are you telling me that Jason Kenney, a career politician, going into the biggest election of his life, in less than 5 months does not have a platform or hasn’t had a policy meeting with his caucus? What in the hell has he been doing for the past 4 years as leader of OUR opposition? A election could be a called any day and voted on within 30 days, are you telling me that he will work on his platform once the election is called? I want people to be truthful. Say that you have a platform and you will release it when an election date is set. An easy simple and honest answer. Now Jason Kenney did not lie to me but one of his staffers certainly did. A person that didn’t even have the courage to attach their name to the email. I questioned an elected politician that is being payed by our tax dollars and I got blown off and lied to by a staffer. The buck always stops at the boss. The leader is accountable for the actions of the people that report to him or her. So, while Kenney did not lie to me directly he has certainly created a political culture where lying comes easy, even from his staff.
The polls show that the UPC is currently the front runner to form the government. So, I guess Kenney doesn’t need to say or do anything to rock the boat or create controversy around himself or his party. Including answering my letter. He’s a shoe in? The NDP are most certainly on their way out. But do I dare to say, “are they?” Nutley has said she is not in it to lose. And I am a firm believer that Junior (true-doe) wakes up at night with tremors, screaming for his favorite stuffed toy thinking that a Conservative government with heavy ties to his arch rival Steven Harper may be elected in the largest revenue generating province of Canada. A province that is experiencing a revival of the separation movement. While I do think that he is an idiot with zero leadership ability, he has, or someone around him has, surrounded and insulated him with old school Liberal Jean Chretien era politicians and advisers that know the score and how to play the game. The guys that didn’t want to go to India but should have. To calm things down in Alberta all Junior would have to do is approve the Trans mountain Pipeline. Its in the courts and could make it thru just in time for the Alberta election. Well within his power to approve the line, and while I may be overly complimentary,…. ability. If Junior wanted to really go over the edge for Nutley he would let her rattle a sable for a few months create a situation where he was perceived to be more of the enemy than he already is, and Nutley proves to be the heroine that saves Alberta. Boom the separation movement dies and Nutley is on her way. An NDP government in Alberta would be much easier to deal with than Steven Harper’s conservatives. The news reels will tell this tale and give hints in the coming weeks and months. Pay attention to the flow of news. I called it.
This is Jason Kenney’s election to lose. Jason don’t be a loser and get your house in order, starting with your staffers.
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