From the Alberta NDP
KENNEY MUST REVERSE HIS BROKEN PROMISE AND FUND THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL: NDP
Alberta’s NDP are calling on Premier Jason Kenney to fund the redevelopment of the Red Deer Regional Hospital after breaking his promise to do so by not funding the project in this year’s budget.
In February 2020, Kenney promised $100 million towards a full redevelopment project with construction starting in 2021. However, the UCP’s most recent Capital Plan only provided $5 million for the hospital redevelopment this year.
“You cannot start construction on the expansion of a major hospital with $5 million. Promise made, promise broken by Jason Kenney,” said NDP Leader Rachel Notley.
“Red Deer Regional Hospital is a crucial healthcare facility, not just for the people of the City of Red Deer, but for families right across Central Alberta. But the city and the region have outgrown the hospital. We need more capacity in the emergency department and we need more specialized care,” said NDP Infrastructure Critic Thomas Dang.
“Now more than ever we all understand just how critical hospital capacity is. Jason Kenney promised to redevelop the Red Deer Hospital, but like so many of his promises, he has failed to deliver.”
Red Deer Hospital did not receive the promised funding to begin construction despite UCP MLA for Red Deer-South Jason Stephan campaigning on a promise to advocate for an expanded hospital.
“Jason Stephan has spent more of his time seeking to expand the number of people who will need the current hospital rather than expanding the actual hospital. He took an international Christmas vacation while the rest of us were locked down and many Alberta families made excruciating sacrifices. Now he’s publicly undermining the health measures that we all need to uphold to keep our families friends and communities safe,” said Notley.
“It’s an incredible failure of leadership from Jason Kenney to abandon his promise to the people of Red Deer to expand this hospital and then allow a quarter of his caucus to put lives at risk in Red Deer and across Alberta.”
Red Deer South MLA lambastes Premier Kenney for weighing in on the race to replace him
Article submitted by Red Deer South MLA Jason Stephan
Kenney, the time for you to be quiet is now
When you are a departing leader of a political party, one of your responsibilities is to build unity. One way of doing so is to stay out of the leadership race to replace you. Jason Kenney promised he was not going to be a “color commentator” in the race, and then proceeded to become one. Kenney misrepresented a platform commitment of Danielle Smith —a leading candidate—sowing division and creating disunity.
While misrepresenting the ideas of others and then attacking the straw men manufactured out of the misrepresentation may be standard practice in a junior high school debate, it’s dishonest and disrespectful.
Kenney called the Alberta Sovereignty Act “nuts” and “nuttier than a squirrel turd”. Is that going to produce unity? In his leadership review, when he called those who disagreed with him “bugs”, “kooks” and “lunatics”, how did that work out
Kenney says the Sovereignty Act would make Alberta the “laughingstock” of Canada. Perhaps we already are.
When Albertans held a provincial referendum and rejected equalization, who did Trudeau appoint as environment minister? He chose Steven Guilbeault, the Greenpeace activist, arrested for climbing on Ralph Klein’s roof when he was away, frightening Klein’s wife who was home alone. I bet Trudeau thought that was funny.
What does Trudeau do with Kenney’s sternly worded letters? Perhaps they are trophies he hangs on the walls.
The premier of Quebec said one of his favorite things about Canada is equalization, so what progress has Kenney made on equalization? None.
The Sovereignty Act seeks to do what Quebec does. Is Quebec a laughingstock?
Kenney says the Sovereignty Act would be a “body blow” to Alberta jobs and the economy and “draw massive investment away”. Isn’t that going to be the result of Trudeau’s new “discussion paper?”
This paper was released in August with a submission deadline in September. It proposes either a new cap-and-trade or carbon tax only on oil and gas development, disproportionately punishing Alberta while sparing Quebec and other provinces that Trudeau bribes for power.
Kenney should consider stopping his straw man attacks and start focusing on Ottawa where he came from. No straw man is required as Ottawa is already responsible for driving away hundreds of billions in investment out of Alberta and thousands of Alberta jobs with it along with more “body blows” to come if we get this imminent new cap and trade or new carbon tax imposed on our natural resources.
Is Kenney working on his latest sternly worded letter?
But wait, under section 92A of Canada’s constitution, isn’t Alberta supposed to have jurisdiction over the development of our natural resources? Isn’t Trudeau again seeking to do indirectly what he cannot do directly? Isn’t this a sneaky,
backdoor, constitutional trojan horse? Isn’t this what the Sovereignty Act is intended to address, to assert constitutional boundaries that Ottawa continually seeks to circumvent, trespass, attack and undermine? When Ottawa abuses its
power, isn’t the Sovereignty Act to be a check and balance?
Yes, a good idea, improperly applied can be detrimental, and if that is the version that Kenney wants to manufacture, attack, and fearmonger, that is his choice.
Properly applied the Sovereignty Act will benefit Alberta, counteracting the commercial uncertainty and chaos from Ottawa by asserting the constitutional boundaries that Ottawa habitually disrespects, seeking to undermine and intrude into
Alberta’s constitutional jurisdiction to develop its oil and gas resources.
Kenney says the Sovereignty Act does not respect the rule of law.
Properly applied the Sovereignty Act supports the rule of law as it asserts Alberta’s constitutional jurisdictions and resists abuses of power emanating out of Ottawa.
Kenney says he “isn’t really following the leadership race”. He is.
Kenney started saying he does not know which candidates are supporting the Sovereignty Act. He knows.
He also knew the deadline for members to participate in the leadership race had ended the day before he chose to improperly misrepresent a platform policy of a leading candidate who is not part of his inner circle.
Great leaders speak the truth in love inspiring the best in those they serve. They do not fearmonger, they do not call names, they do not misrepresent others’ ideas and then attack the straw men they manufactured with their misrepresentations.
It is disappointing to see Kenney failing in his responsibility to build unity. I have faith his successor will do better.
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