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He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dullness in others.
The official announcements this week by two reddish Calgary Tories and a centrist from east-central Alberta of their intentions to run for the PC Leadership on March 18 marked the beginnings of the inevitable “anyone-but-Kenney” (ABK) movement.
The east-centralist was no surprise: sitting MLA Dr. Richard Starke, 56, (Vermilion-Lloydminster), a veterinarian who was Tourism minister in Alison Redford’s gov’t, had been musing about running for months. On Thursday at an Edmonton community hall he made it official and voiced his opposition to candidate and former MP Jason Kenney’s “five point plan.”
The plan culminates in the dissolving of the PC and Wildrose parties and the creation of a new party consisting of conservatives from both.“They’re two different parties; they’re two different cultures,” said Starke. “A pursuit of a merger with the Wildrose is putting power ahead of principle.
As the economy creaks, groans, and threatens to fall in on itself, this unlucky Alberta gov’ts does what it can to salve the growing unrest and unhappiness with brave talk and small but sweet tokens of assistance.
Chief among the front-line soothers of late has been our doughty Economic Development & Trade Minister Deron Bilous whose mitigation efforts might be compared to those of a battlefield medic administering morphine and comforting words to a wounded soldier while over the ridge a whole platoon lies dying.
This week his mercy visits took in Calgary.As is now well-known, this is the worst recession since 1986, and barring a miracle of supra-biblical proportions—think: parting of the Red Sea with Moses skipping atop the wave walls turning the brine into wine —we will have the first back-to-back years of GDP decline since