Opinion: Rachel Notley has led like Lougheed
Like most Albertans, I care deeply about the fate of my province.
That’s why I ran for office back in 1971. As part of Peter Lougheed’s Progressive Conservative Party, I was swept into the legislature during a season of massive political change. We knocked off a Social Credit dynasty that was in power longer than I had been alive.
It was exhilarating. I felt numb.
As a 34-year-old, I was one of the youngest members of premier Lougheed’s first cabinet. I was proud to serve with him for two terms, stepping down in 1979 to give priority to my family and to launch an academic career. The experience showed me that politics can and should include younger citizens, which is why I always encourage young people to step up.
I became the rookie MLA for Three Hills nearly 48 years ago. Of the 22 members of Lougheed’s cabinet, I am now one of just seven survivors. I have closely watched how succeeding premiers have governed. Few have enjoyed the public support of the Lougheed era, or the practical successes that came under his leadership.
During United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney’s time as executive director of the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation, former Alberta premier Ralph Klein alleged he helped “rob” senior citizens.
Kenney took a 36% cut out of membership fees when he worked for the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation
On April 23, 1993, the Edmonton Journal quoted Klein, telling Kenney:
I think 37 per cent commission to salespeople spreading not totally the truth about what government operations are all about is a little bit of robbery
The Calgary Herald, reported Klein told the future UCP leader:
quit robbing the old senior citizens of their money to generate this kind of fear.
Cases of a flu strain that is particularly hard on seniors and older adults have been steadily increasing since mid-January, according to the latest public health data.
Although the H1N1 strain dominated Canada’s early start to the flu season, over the past five weeks a second smaller wave dominated by the H3N2 strain has been reported.
According to the latest FluWatch report from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), H3N2 accounted for 89 per cent of influenza A cases in the week ending Apr. 6, the latest period for which flu data is available. 57 per cent of those cases were reported in adults over the age of 65.