On Friday it seems Danielle Smiths senior advisor, Stephan Carter made these comments on twitter:
"Just saw da premier making a speech. Dat was quite a speech. Dem media better report it right,"
"Getting ready for press conference. Dem media better be ready for Danielle. Dey better get da story right!"
It appears the office of the premier thought they were offensive so Stephan called the premier's office and apologized as well as took them down. I would guess immediately the premiers office placed the following twitter:
"My press office has accepted an apology from Danielle Smith's chief of staff over an offensive Twitter post."
Well if an apology to the premier's office amounts to this I am thinking Stephan should have just let it ride. The media and twitter were in a frenzy over the tweets that had no comments made until after the premier's office released it had accepted an apology. The noble indeed. Only an issue after an apology. Why? This is quite simple, no one thought it was offensive until Tom Olsen put the spin on it. His ridiculous claims of this being a slur against the Ukrainian culture or rural people. To me Mr. Olsen is the one who was being discriminatory, I took it for what it was, a slam on Ed Stelmach and his inability to speak. This however is the way of Alberta politics now, and realistically any other party(including the WRA) may have done the same.
This also turned into an issue with the Wildrose Alliance Party. The PC faithful were quick to jump on the bandwagon, blaming the party and continuously trying to put the spin on it. Danielle made these statements to the Calgary Herald:
“It’s really unacceptable," Smith added. "I think we want to try to bring a higher level of discussion to politics and that’s certainly not the kind of discussion that I tolerate or that I would expect to see from people who work for me. He understands that. It’s been made clear, and I’m glad that he responded as swiftly as he did.”
Asked whether there will be any repercussions for his job with the Wildrose Alliance, Smith noted Carter is her strategist and on contract until the end of the year. She said he was interim chief of staff for a few weeks, but has been a strategist since early November. The chief of staff position is vacant.
“Obviously I’ll have to gauge that,” she said. “His quick reaction and his quick acknowledgment that he made a mistake, I think that to me that’s enough at the moment.”
In short I guess the PC's can dish it but can't take it. Stelmach attacked Mason on his career as a bus driver in the legislature. Elniski made very distasteful comments about 12 year old children (female) washing cars for a fundraiser. Iris Evans slammed and insulted families that out of necessity with the cost of living in Alberta, required both parents work in order to make ends meet. Luke Oulette was in contempt of court with the children and youth services. Ron Liepert failed miserably in his bid to roll out the H1N1 vaccine. A ridiculous deficit....and so on.
An advisor to Smith mocking the Premier and his ability to speak may be distasteful, but I will take it to these. In all fairness the Wildrose has had much good publicity, this is not an attack by the media, they are simply treating the Party the same as any other. I would put money that Ed Stelmach doesn't even know he was offended, unless your naive enough to believe he does his own social media.
The high road would have been better for sure, but it nice to see we are on the PC radar.
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