Altruism (from Latin: alter: the other) is the deliberate pursuit of the interests or welfare of others or the public interest.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Well we got the fall session we asked for, and I find myself wondering why the hell I wanted it. Always a hope that our government will do something meaningful, with an outcome that gets more ridiculous with every session.
Listening to the PC leadership race we listened to the same old crap about change, good government and how much better our province will be if elected. Albertans brought in Alison Redford on her campaign promises, and a hope that she would indeed be the Messiah. Well lets take a look at what our new changed government has done.
The promise of a fixed election date was made during the leadership run by Premier. What we got is better, but far from a fixed date. We got a three month window and a poor excuse of needing room for unforeseen circumstance. Why couldn't we legislate the third week of May every 4 years, with a clause for emergency that could be voted on in the leg for postponement? Easy, the flexibility for the reigning Government would evaporate, which is the point of fixed dates. Do most Albertans care about fixed dates? I don't think so, but we should care about a broken promise.
The promise of a judicial inquiry was made, what we got was the Health Quality Council continuing with the ability to appoint a judge to the panel. This one I believe does matter to the voters, a bad decision and another broken promise. Change indeed Premier. Same govt. with a different leader, non answers in QP, and a liberal that was so happy with the amount of money getting thrown away was content to run over to join the free spending Liberals in the PC party. Charlebois with a patronage post. Mar with a patronage post. The amazing appointment of Bronconnier in Washington after Premier said the province had no ability to influence the U.S. leaders. Huh?
We have also put together a bill being the controversial Bill 26. This bill was put together using input from the government lobby group MADD. Now I am all for penalizing drunk drivers, and yes WHEN they are convicted throw the book at them. We could enforce existing penalties, that fall under the current Federal laws. Essentially what this bill does is give the right to police to be judge/jury/executioner so to speak. Now the Solicitor General Jonothon Denis has claimed this does not happen as you have the right to appeal, a ridiculous claim on this unconstitutional piece of legislation. It lowers the blood alcohol level rate to 0.05% and leave the police discretion to penalize. So you get pulled over with a BAC of 0.05% police can suspend your licence indefinitely and impound you vehicle without you being found guilty until you prove your innocence. It's OK, when you can finally get into our overstressed courts you can appeal it. What if you need your licence for your job? It isn't your car? Who cares? You can deal with it in 6 months when there is room in our courts, your job can wait no? After all, your employment will wait for you until you get your license back right? Got to love a Government that presumes your guilty until you prove your innocent. Backwards to me.
Then we have the good news budget. Good grief another $3Billion plus deficit? Is this the change we can expect? What sickens me the most is the piss poor excuses our government gives us. Always blaming the oil and gas price year after year for surplus or deficit is getting ridiculous. I find it amazing how quickly oil and gas companies can adapt to price fluctuation when it is the ONLY source of revenue for them. This government year after year has no clue on how to budget or adapt with the times. A scary thought when your provincial fiscal well being is run like this.
So to wrap my rant up, we have not seen a government of change. We have saw no ideas or debate on how to eliminate waste. We have saw no ideas or debate to make things run efficient. No meaningful ideas or ways to improve health care delivery in the province. No Meaningful ideas or ways to improve education in Alberta. No discussion on living within our means or finding ways to responsibly spend the $BILLIONS of Albertans dollars while delivering quality services. What we have received is discussion of sales tax, discussion of health care premiums, discussion of increased taxes, increased spending, and legislation that takes our basic rights away. Our government treats the province like a personal ATM, and this needs to STOP! We have saw nothing that truly makes a difference in the lives of everyday Albertans, which is the change we wanted. What we have recieved is absolute garbage.
I used to think I was Conservative. It has come to light since I do not support Bill 44 and never will I must bear the burden of this description and no longer be considered conservative. Although I do not know what it has to do with the Wildrose Alliance, I will wear it proud!
"The Alberta Altruist is nothing but a Liberal or worse. How is it conservative to have the nanny state raising our children? It just shows the hypocrisy of the Wild Rose Alliance. Also he should take an introductory political science class - there's party discipline in every party regardless of colour. Remember John Nunziata? I don't like Stelmach either but Altruist should go back to high school social studies class."