[Ted Byfield] Will the hate campaign that worked against Harper, now be fatal for Jason Kenney?

[Ted Byfield] Will the hate campaign that worked against Harper, now be fatal for Jason Kenney?

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The NDP’s effort to use it backfires badly. People care about jobs, not gay rights

[Ted Byfield Blog] It’s hard to imagine that anything could be more reassuring to the opponents of the besieged socialist government of Alberta than the seeming hysteria that has overtaken this government in the count down to the election on April 16. Consider their situation. They are governing a province that has suffered the loss of somewhere between 100,000 and 150,000 jobs during their term in office. Many say the situation will grow much worse before it gets better. Now the big moment arrives. They call an election, and the government is setting up a special website that will, we presume, tell us how catastrophic is this economic crisis and what they plan to do about it.

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In February, the website appears. Eagerly we look through it. Where is their program? What??? This seems unbelievable. The whole thing, page after page, consists in an attack on Jason Kenney, the opposition leader, and the inadequacies of his role in asserting the rights of gays, trans-gendered people, foot worshipers no doubt, and other activities once known as perversions, now as semi-sacred human rights.

Maybe somebody should have a quiet talk with our premier. “Listen hard, sweet lady. Try to grasp the idea that in the current circumstances probably nineteen out of  twenty Albertans do not give one sweet damn about gay rights or the absence of them, or trans-transgenderism, or who uses what school bathrooms. What they care about is whether they’re going to have a job next week. And we were all rather hoping this would be your priority too.”

Our lady premier knows this as well as we do, however. So you have to wonder what possessed her to lead off the government’s  re-election campaign by giving all this attention to the man who seeks to take her place, and if the polls are anywhere near right, probably will.

I suspect the answer, though I have no evidence for it. I think someone in her inner circle persuaded her to follow the winning example of what might be called “the Harper Assassination Formula.” It’s founded on the defeat of the government of Stephen Harper in Canada in 2015. While the Harper Conservative administration was not perfect, it had sustained and to a degree improved the national prosperity, with no great scandals or administrative disasters.

So how was he defeated? The formula consists of the manufacture of a false image. Harper was repeatedly shown as a clandestinely evil figure, a product of the much despised white male patriarchy, which has, as we all know since it was drilled into us in high school and beyond, oppressed all the minority groups for centuries. So we learn to hate these sinister people. In this we are further encouraged by doctored photographs, fragmented and misrepresented quotations, invented anecdotes — all this widely and effectively repeated until its acceptance turns it into the common assumption. This man is wicked so we must be rid of him. Such was the Harper Formula. For the Jason Kenney edition  of it, go to https://meetjasonkenney.ca/truth-1, a website the Alberta NDP launched a full month before calling the election.

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  1. The last time we voted we were mad, this time we’re really pissed off. The NDP had their chance, one and done.

    1. Doug Brubaker You really think one term is enough to fix years of poor planning due to expectations that the oil would flow forever?

    2. Roberta Histed…..one term and 100 billion dollar debt is ENOUGH. But ONLY an Albertan would UNDERSTAND that…

    3. Ken Malterer Ah yes! Only Albertans know how tough life can be.

  2. Wonder why the NDP haven’t vetting Joe Ceci for has sex assault charges in 99?

    1. Stewart Latwaitis maybe because he was never convicted!

    2. Janet Linton never went to trial, maybe that’s why he wasn’t convicted? And what crime was the UCP candidate convicted of? Starting to sound like the same issue with two different people, so why is one so bad and the other isn’t to be discussed?

  3. Squash the NDP into a pile of nothingness they have never been any good at governing and never will if ya don’t believe me just follow their track record to increased fees higher taxes piss poor economic performance and idiotic policies if that’s not enough to
    Prove to anybody what a disaster NDP have been everywhere then there is no hope for you

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