Former AUPE staffer can’t be impartial: reader

First of all to the NDP supporters, we know that the price of oil is being manipulated by OPEC

Dear editor,

First of all to the NDP supporters, we know that the price of oil is being manipulated by OPEC, which we cannot control. It is the conduct of this government and its policies that are worsening things. The NDP got a majority government only from the vote splitting. The majority of votes were not for the NDP or its policies.

The NDP hired Kevin Davediuk to be chief government advisor for upcoming negotiations with the Alberta Union of Public Employees and public sector unions across the province. Notley’s husband Lou Arab works for AUPE and Davediuk was a negotiator for AUPE until this hiring. Where is the impartiality? Of course he is going to favour the unions, not look out for the taxpayer’s interests. Of course Gil McGowan and the Alberta Federation of Labour endorsed this.

It’s nice to see a newspaper be open and publish letters to the editor. I’ve noticed other Leduc county papers have been reluctant to print letters that criticize the NDP or it’s actions. I have friends and relatives who farm and I found it disgusting how the NDP government went about forcing Bill 6 into law without allowing their input. Even now the NDP is handpicking who will be able to have input. I do not recall Notley mention or campaign on Bill 6, the carbon tax or that she would fly to the U.S., Paris or Quebec to criticize Alberta oil.

If Notley and the NDP were truly concerned about the environment, the very first thing they should do is put an immediate stop to Edmonton’s (and other cities’) land grab of number one soil. Agriculture Canada statistics state that only five per cent of Canada’s land is arable and that only 0.5 per cent of that land has number one soil. If the NDP truly cares about the future environment and our food supply, then do not allow that prime land to be destroyed and paved over. There is a lot of poor soil that can be built on. A look at federal government soil maps will confirm that.

On Mar. 8 I went to the rally at the legislature organized by George Clark to protest Bill 6, the carbon tax and the NDP government itself. There was a massive number of police brought in and people were forced back of the front steps just because we oppose the NDP. The government refused to allow the use of a P.A. system so people tried to use a megaphone. Then the 12 o’clock musical chime, which on other occasions only plays around six minutes, was left playing for over 20 minutes because George was speaking. Some people went over to the sheriffs and asked why that music had to be kept playing, the NDP are just being ignorant. Later they finally shut off the music. People went to protest policies, not be violent. People had young children with them and were tolerant of the dozen or so Notley supporters. It was only when a Notley supporter started screaming a non-stop barrage of “F” words at George and in front of young children, that the crowd began chanting “Get him out.” It took about two minutes of chanting before the police finally moved in and escorted him away.

Even though Edmonton television stations and other media were there, they did not report the disgusting conduct of NDP supporters. Instead, they showed shots of the crowd after most people had left, and downplayed the number of people who were there. Tuesday night City TV dinner show hosts said “People couldn’t even spell signs right, so what does that say?” Yes, there were some signs that had misspelling but it was done on purpose for ironic effect. But then maybe irony is beyond their comprehension.

Also, there’s a European environmentalist study claiming that the planting of spruce and pine conifers is absorbing more of the sun’s heat and this also increases global warming. Next step, watch Notley order the clear-cutting of all pine and spruce trees in Alberta!

D.Bouchard, Edmonton