It was former MLAs from the Lougheed era who taught me that members of the Reform Party can’t be trusted. Apparently spreading lies while they look after their own well being and that of their rich friends is what they do best.
Then we watched Liberal Ralph Klein, using Reform Party policies, destroy everything Peter Lougheed created for us. Did de-regulation of electricity make your power bills a lot cheaper, as he promised it would? Did closing hospitals, closing 1,500 hospital beds, and cutting 5,000 nursing positions make our health care system better? Did slashing taxes and oil royalties to benefit his rich friends create more jobs? It made CEOs a lot richer. His own father Phil and daughter Angie didn’t buy his lies and tried to help us vote him out, his ignorant supporters wouldn’t let us.
Then we watched Reformer Stephen Harper spread his lies at the federal level. He lied about the Income Trusts and it cost Canadians some $35 billion, we were told, and while helping his rich friends took Canada from a $19 billion surplus to a $151 billion debt.
Now we have another Liberal, turned Reformer who has never been a true conservative in Jason Kenney, spreading his lies and attacking some the most important people in our lives, our doctors, nurses and teachers, the same way Klein did, while he gives away billions in royalties and tax breaks. Trying to force Albertans into a privatized health care and education system is likely his plan, like Klein tried to do.
If that’s not bad enough we were fed the lie by Environment and Parks minister, Jason Nixon, that the government would not sell off any of our crown land, but is doing just that. The point is the MLAs were right, you can’t trust them. They aren’t anything like the conservatives we proudly supported under Lougheed and Getty.