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While I have no desire to enter into the debate, I will make this comment for all who are discussing this topic to consider.

In the story it states, "When an NDP staffer learned that Reid’s Rebel colleague, Holly Nicholas, was already in the royalty briefing, the staffer entered the lock-up and kicked Nicholas out."

This is the part that needs to be put forth as part of the debate. If normal departmental scrutiny of the people allowed into the lock up were followed, it does indeed appear that Rebel Media met the criteria of the day to be allowed to enter the lock up as 'media'. Granted that process is done by line staff who are given policy to follow by the government and I very much doubt they ignored policy.

To have a complete reversal of that accreditation once accepted and entry allowed, can only come from one source with the power to veto the decision and I don't think I have to tell anyone that it would come from the very highest level, ie: the premier's office.

And therein lies the fly in the ointment folks, and anyone debating the issue had better be able to explain the reversal as part of the defence of the government if that is their stance. Once recognized as valid 'media' and then tossed unceremoniously out on their collective butts now becomes political, does it not?

Food for thought.
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It turned out as I suspected it would:

Rachel Notley's NDP lifts ban on The Rebel, says it made a mistake 

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/edmonton/rachel-notley-s-ndp-lifts-ban-on-the-rebel-says-it-made-a-mistake-1.3451838
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Ahhhhh....there ya go.  Maybe she's not such a bad old broad afterall...
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The NDP seems to be sprouting Cerebus' head. Reading St. Albert's MLA comments on the throne speech, Renaud is "hopeful" for a park and ride for the city on the one hand; on the other she's "hopeful" for twinning Ray Gibbon. What's the real message her government wants to put out there?

Wildrose van Dijken comments are spot on when he said that this government "choose[s] their ideology over some common sense." And Crouse's comment on on not getting clear answers from Notely seems to be what voters will experience for the next couple of years.
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Galt:  You said in part "not getting clear answers from Notely seems to be what voters will experience for the next couple of years"  Well, this is your lucky day ... The N.D.P. have just provided their "clear answer" and its called the "leap manifesto." 

The plan is simple ... we are going to get rid of oil and every other industry which generates wealth .. and invest in windmills and solar panels. This is going to prevent the non-existent global warming.

Then we are going to end all trade deals including those international deals for the sale of wheat, oats, and barley and everyone is going to produce all their food stuffs in their back yard. Once we have completely destroyed our economic infrastructure and have no money left whatsoever .... we are going to build lots of those cheap LRT's and employ indigenous people to drive the trains. Then we are going to develop those wealth generating industries like pre-school, caregiving, teaching, social work, the arts and public-interest media.

The best part is nobody is going to have to worry about money because our exteme Leftist friends are going to provide a national guaranteed income plan.

Who would ever have thought that the "progressive's" idea is to return to the Dark Ages? Are we not lucky that Alberta got rid of the P.C.'s and brought these visionaries into power? Actually, I'm starting to understand why the people of Saskatchewan ... who are experts on the NDP .... gave Brad Wall an overwhelming majority with 51 of 61 seats in the legislature.

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Someone has written a letter to the Gazette styled "Questioning impact of carbon tax".  The gist of her argument is that since the cost of natural gas is temporarily low ... this tax should not be a problem for anyone.

Of course, the initial and most obvious question is blithely overlooked namely:  "Why are you taxing a harmless, odorless, gas which promotes the growth of plants and has no proven correlation to the non-existent global warming?

The second equally obvious question raised by this letter to the editor is this:  "Do you actually think that the price of oil is going to stay at these presently depressed prices ... and if not ... exactly what is the point of your letter?"

It is curious that in closing her letter her socialist orange colours begins to show as she complains about oil company profits.  As is usual with these people, she ignores the fact that the reason her natural gas prices are so low is because the very oil companies she attempt to besmirch developed and employed the fracking technology to produce the current abundance of supply in natural gas.  (It would not at all be surprising if she wrote a letter to the editor next week complaining about fracking)
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Resolutions from this weekend's Dipper convention. You just can't make this stuff up.

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Wynne
Trudeau
Notley

Canada has failed multiple IQ Tests. 
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Nutley and her rookie crew are oblivious to the destruction:

http://calgaryherald.com/news/politics/varcoe-leaked-data-offers-insight-into-potential-carbon-price-impact-on-economy
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The latest mud slinging by our MLA:

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/edmonton/jason-kenney-marie-renaud-abortion-issue-1.3669171
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Asking a question is mudslinging these days? Seems the only critical remark came from the PC MLA
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Bringing up the abortion issue to a provincial candidate is yes, little more than mudslinging. An attempt to turn a minority of the population against Kenney. What other purpose could the question possible serve?

Abortion laws are federal and cannot be changed by an MLA rookie in St. Albert nor the leader of a revived Alberta PC party.

All she has done is raise a question that she should answer herself namely, 'were you ignorant of modern birth control methods or just stupid enough not to practice them and download the cost of your ill-fated decision on the taxpayers of Alberta?'
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Interesting response. I guess you know she wasn't raped or had a health issue that meant she could not go to term.

Been a long time since I have read something that ignorant. But that is what women get from the far right when they dare ask a question. Back to the kitchen. Sheesh.
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Your scenario is as plausible as mine. Only she can clarify the issue. If she chooses not to, she has told half a story and an indication of little more than trying to discredit the Kenney campaign with politically motivated grandstanding.

Since I am not a Kenney supporter in any way, it matters little to me about any affect it may have on him. Kenney is making the same mistake Prentice did.
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Funny how she has to justify herself but he does not. if anyone has attended any of his unite the right talks, as i have, he already suggested he is anti-abortion, just not saying it in those exact words. So, really, he set the stage with vague suggestions. But god forbid he have to be clear about the beliefs he uses to gain political momentum because it is not really a provincial issue. Seems good enough an issue to help him herd his sheep.

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Once again abortion is not a provincial issue and has never been debated in the legislature. (It has no authority over the matter at any rate.) Now that Kenney and Renaud are both in provincial politics, it is not a matter to be debated by either of them, thus it can only be called what it is, political grandstanding to try and somehow discredit Kenney.

I have no issue with a person's right to hold an opinion on abortion, one way or the other, any more than a woman's right to choose, the current law Renaud used.

Further it has not been a big issue in parliament for many years and seems to be off the radar of a majority of Canadians who seem content with the current law.
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Your birth control statement and your obvious attempt to make Renaud's admission that she had an abortion an avenue to discredit her as a stupid woman proves your above statement to be little more than back pedalling.

If a politician is going to speak on an issue that speaks to his beliefs on women's rights in general. As I said, Kenney set the table on the abortion issue. If he is going to tell people that being a "severely normal Albertan" means believing in the sanctity of life he should expect to be asked what that means. He waded into the water, but no, it is the stupid woman who is discrediting him because she dared asked why he got in the pool.
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The wisdom of raising the question is a result that should be expected when it is asked in an inappropriate forum, ie provincial politics. What Kenney or any other politician personally thinks about the issue is no threat to current law and far outside the authority of any province.

As for discrediting the NDP, I don't have to bother, they are doing a fine job of doing that themselves and will be defeated next election whether the right is united or not, is my prediction. You are welcome to yours.
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I don't care who wins the next election. Regardless we all lose, just in different ways. Party affiliation was never my issue with your post. It was the sexist misogyny.
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Mr Kenny also remains an elected federal MP and as I understand will until Oct. He continues to represent his constituents federally. This provincial/federal area of jurisdiction to me, would then mean he continues to have a say in the matter
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Ah, well that certainly changes things. Tell me, when is the next debate on a bill for abortion law change due in Parliament?

Is it before October?
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Does it really matter? As a prominent federal MP can he not speak to this? Seems to me reasonable to expect him to continue to represent constudents and Canadians. Not taking sides here. Just saying in my view it's part of his job, certainly as long as he holds a seat in Parliament.
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I suppose not Dennis, but the fact remains it will not come before Parliament before his term is up, so no, it does not matter at all, which is my point in calling Renaud's move political grandstanding.

And again I state, Kenney is making the same mistake Prentice made. He is no Alberta saviour.
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Sorry if I offend you by saying this, but in my opinion he's not the person to get the PC's or whatever they might be called into power. His type of politics is not what Alberta are looking for right now....as I see it anyway
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Could not agree more with your opinion. Had you read back, you would know that.

Kenney is making the very same stupid mistake that Prentice made. Federal guys just don't get their own province. They've had their heads up so many butts in Ottawa, they are blind to what Alberta voters are thinking. That alone is reason enough to give Kenney the same treatment we gave Prentice.

Now all we have to do is rid ourselves of the curse of the NDP and that will happen with or without a 'unified right'.
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