Paula Simons: O’Leary’s ‘vicious poisonous toxic’ attack on Alberta self-determination should offend us all

Oh Mercy!

  • Waffle

    I’m feeling better and better about my decision not to participate in this farce of a leadership race.

    If he is telling the truth (who knows?), the fact that his daughter voted for a cult idol says a lot about him. None of it good.

    • Uncommunist

      Sins of the Father ?

  • barryjr

    I’ve voted Conservative (in whatever form they took) since 1979 which caused some heated discussions in my Liberal supporting family. More than once I remember stomping out of my parents house with nasty comments being yelled out for all the neighbours to hear. If O’Leary is elected leader I will be looking at other candidates and definitely NOT voting Conservative.

  • Maxsteele

    Pray to the lord above that O’Leary does not get selected and am personally voting for either Leitch or Scheer. Yet, have to admit, in this particular case he is 100% right and do not think he went far enough!

  • Millie_Woods

    He didn’t attack Alberta, he attacked Notley, big difference. I used to start my day by checking out the NP but I haven’t knowingly clicked on a link to their site since they went Never Trump.

    That said, I can’t stand O’leary. He’s as fake a conservative as Mulrooney was.

  • DJ

    She’s triggered by the comment about “adult supervision?” Trying to find echoes of Trump are we? In fact it’s true. So does Trudeau need “adult supervision.” Righteous indignation in the sentiment O’Leary is expressing doesn’t negate this fact, even if it is a stretch to somehow read into that single sentence that O’Leary wishes to abrogate the constitution (honestly, where is that articulated? Is this not flirting with “fake news” if not much ado about nothing?).

    To be sure, Quebec has enjoyed Alberta transfer payments since time immemorial. Alberta GDP per capita is almost double that of QC, transfers equal ~$930 per QC citizen (~$230 per Ontarian, ~$1200 per PEI’an, ~$1300 per Manitoban). You can deny it but Alberta has been very much a key part of the engine of the Canadian economy, and unless you stop transfer payments, he’s speaking the truth, like it or not (personally I would have no problem in eliminating transfers I find THAT unconsitutional, as it incentivizes have-not provinces to raise taxes). It’s no coincidence that all the “have” provinces have fossil fuel resources; NL became a have province due to the Hibernia discovery. So yes, Notley requires adult supervision–she needs to be voted out by adults, which is entirely constitutional.

  • Bla Bla

    I like others on this thread will not be voting for the conservatives if OLeary (or someone similiar) is party leader or for Brown (stain) in the upcoming fed/provincial elections. I’ll look for another party (if they exist) that espouses real non-politically correct conservative values.

  • Frances

    Paula Simons needs to remember her history: the Liberals had no problem attacking Alberta’s right to its resources in the NEP; particularly galling as Ontario and Quebec weren’t force to send their excess power to the Maritimes but were allowed to reap good profits selling to the USA. And, when Alberta did something the feds didn’t like with health care, transfers were reduced until the province complied.

  • disqusW6sf

    I’ll continue to vote Conservative, as the alternatives (Liberals, NDP) are much, much worse.

    • J. C.

      Same here. Whoever becomes leader, I’ll vote for them.

    • Clausewitz

      Sadly I will also do that, but I’m really getting tired of this, “Best of a bad lot trend” we’ve had to follow lately.