(My apologies for strong language but a fellow can only put up with so much nonsense. Anyhow, to be foretold is to be forewarned.)
Apparently former federal MP Jim Prentice was in town this past weekend to drum up local support for his run at the premiership to be decided next month. Now nothing against the guy personally but when I read in local media here about some of what he had to say, I could only really shake my head and wonder who writes his talking points.
In the world according to Jim, we have great local leadership in our local MLA's. I'm sure we do......ok, other than the fact that one of them was arrested, charged and found guilty on solicitation charges.
He also won't commit to time lines for improving or increasing infrastructure. Of course not. Because that would require commitments that he would then be responsible for and I'm sure Jimbo has been around in politics long enough to see the folly in that.
Preston Manning once said, in reference to the former Chretien Liberals, that you can repaint a house but underneath it all, it's still the same old house. So forgive me if I take Mr. Prentice's claims for transparency with a grain of salt. Government transparency sounds good on the campaign trail or in this case a leadership run but frankly, I've seen nothing to make me think that changing leaders, or repainting the house as it were, will really make a difference.
I don't like to be a cynic. Honestly, I don't. But after 43 years in power, how can this sorry lot claim to be innovative or to be striding toward transparency? Wouldn't transparency be like telling Albertans which MLA's voted to allow local MLA Mike Allen back into caucus after being found guilty of solicitation? Ah, I can hear the crickets chirping.
Wouldn't ridding government of red tape and bureaucracy be like having our hapless education minister not dicker with the math curriculum when it is clear that it isn't necessary and many parents don't want that to happen anyway?
Wouldn't it be great if our PC MLA's were like Nascar with all the names of their sponsors glued to them? Because I sure as hell know I wouldn't see my name on their shiny suits. Can we just dispense with the bullshit that our politicians have my best interests at heart? Can the PC's just be honest and admit that at this point it's all about holding on to power rather than the fiction of "public service"?