NDP’s Notley picks “anti-oil, anti-Alberta radical” Brian Topp as chief of staff

Topp is a bit of an NDP mercenary.

Most recently, he ran Adrian Dix’s failed “no pipelines” campaign in BC…

Related: The Financial Times spoke with an unnamed Saudi source who says their pricing scheme was definitely intended to put high-cost producers (US shale and Canadian oil sands) out of business.


  • Alain

    Anyone claiming to be surprised is either totally naive or an idiot. While I understand and agree with the Alberta voters that the PCs needed to be thrown out, voting in a majority NDP government was cutting off your nose to spite your face. The NDP have at least four years within which they can wreck the economy beyond repair and create another Ontario. I would love to be wrong, but I fear I am not.

    • FactsWillOut

      I have my doubts as to the honesty of the election.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        How many dead people voted, you mean?

        • FactsWillOut

          Worse. The folk who count the votes are not to be trusted.

          • terrence

            Just like Uncle Joe said..

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      NDP in Alberta.
      One and done.
      They have four years to wreak as much havoc as they can.
      And then like Bob Rae, never again.
      I’m sure they will leave a legacy that will eclipse the National Energy Program of Pierre Trudeau.

      • brm373

        Nothing but a protest suspect similar decisions to this by Notley will put her into contention with Pauline Marois as Canada’s shortest serving premier.

      • Justin St.Denis

        There’s a difference this time around. Alberta has a huge oils industry. It has a LOT of money at stake. Politicians are both corruptible and mortal. BigOil has been playing very nice – so far. But things can always change. Indeed, I have noticed that things have a habit of changing. I would tread softly if I was an NDP politician. I understand some of them are very young and prone to make silly mistakes. Car accidents. Skiing accidents. Hunting mishaps. Shit happens. Especially when it needs to happen.

        Bob Rae’s NDP debacle in Ontario is still a fresh memory that NOBODY – and certainly no province’s business elites – want to see repeated. In Ontario or anywhere in Canada.

    • Their time in Alberta may be short. You would have to be utterly mad to destroy your economy completely.

      Oh, wait- the Americans did that.

      Oh dear…

    • Glenfilthie

      It’s both, Alain. Most of the the dipper support in my office came from two types:

      One group seemed to think the dippers will suddenly come to their senses on oil & gas, and support the industry in a more ethical way.

      The others are the usual low wage flunkies have very little and want a govt that will rob from the rich and give to the poor. They aren’t smart enough to appreciate the history of failure socialists have, or simple economic concepts like capital flight. All they want is more free stuff … today!!! We can worry about consequences some other time…

      These Dippers are even more rabid than the usual assortment of homosexuals, boat people and union slobs that they produce. I am seeing cocktail waitresses, UFO abductees, and failed liberal social experiments for MLAs. OMFG. We are going to live the socialist dream Alberta- good and hard and we will deserve it. Elections have consequences…how in hell did we come to forget that?

  • FactsWillOut

    How can anyone be anti-oil?
    The stuff is basically mana from heaven.
    Anti-oil = anti-carbon=anti-life.

    • David

      and G_D played a trick on us.

  • brm373

    Mistake #1 Ms.Notley

  • ontario john

    With a loony environmental socialist party running Alberta, and two whiny indian tribes rejecting billion dollar gas investments, the only thing employees out West will be saying daily is, “would you like fries with your burger?”

    • Justin St.Denis

      Or maybe “What kind of ammo did you say you wanted?”

  • Rosenmops

    What provinces will be left to pay transfer payments to the have – not provinces ? At this rate soon all the provinces will be have – not. Quebec certainly won’t get its lily white hands dirty fracking.

  • David Murrell

    Funny, the Globe and Mail has been publishing story after story, in its Business section, about how moderate Ms. Notley will be, when it comes to western energy development. Can’t understand why the Globe would publish stories like these.