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Jen Gerson thinks it’s “fear mongering” to take a look at the public record of Wildrose extremists, such as the one who has called for David Suzuki’s murder. That’s a quote: “fear mongering.” It’s not “actual reporting,” says Gerson. Her bosses at the National Post, who have done exemplary work on Alberta-based neo-Nazi activity recently, may feel differently. Who knows.
Fortunately, the Calgary Herald believes in providing voters with, you know, information and actual reporting:
* Health Minister John Carpay? Within the first five minutes of meeting Carpay at a Fraser Institute event a few years ago, he was selling me on the merits of private health care. The candidate for Calgary-Lougheed is a social conservative and lawyer, who has written columns for the Herald about some of the controversial free-speech cases he’s defended as executive director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation. They include defending William Whatcott’s right to oppose homosexual behaviour, and the right for pro-lifers to display graphic fetuses on a university campus.
It’s Carpay’s views on health, though, that disturb me most. He’s an ardent believer in a parallel private health-care system, which has been tried elsewhere in places like Australia, and hasn’t reduced wait lists. In a July 2010 column, Carpay wrote: “Albertans should be outraged at the Alberta government’s clear commitment to continue its monopoly over essential health services, by making it illegal for Albertans to spend their own after-tax dollars on their own health.”
* Education Minister Rev. Allan Hunsperger? He’s a pastor with the House Church and the founder of Heritage Christian Schools, but that doesn’t make him Education minister material. In a church blog post written last year, which was deleted shortly after being reported in the mainstream media during the campaign, Hunsperger identified public education as “godless,” meaning “profane or wicked.” The candidate for Edmonton-South-West also condemned the Edmonton School Board’s policy to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students, including lesbian, gay and transgender.
* Justice Minister Richard Jones? Jones, a University of Calgary graduate and a practising lawyer, should know there is no provincial jurisdiction in Canada to enact criminal law. Yet, he disseminated flyers in the Calgary-Acadia riding where he is running that said the province’s new drinking and driving bill makes criminals out of Albertans: “PC candidate (Solicitor-General) Jonathan Denis championed this bill that turns everyday Albertans into criminals.”
In fact, the province toughened sanctions against those caught driving with a blood-alcohol content higher than .05. Since 1991, Alberta police have always had the discretion to impose 24-hour roadside suspensions, but it is not criminal. Criminal charges can’t be laid on anything under .08, as per the federal Criminal Code.
* Environment Minister Tom Copithorne? I don’t think so. This candidate, running in Banff-Cochrane, suggested the risk to grizzlies, which the province has declared a threatened species, is that they will be overprotected. He told the Rocky Mountain Outlook he reached this conclusion after consulting with a “good friend and lifetime Kananaskis resident Rick Guinn … Rick cautions that one must be careful not to overprotect one species, as this will have an adverse effect on other animals such as elk and moose, as the small calves are prey in the spring. He says grizzly populations appear to be at all time highs in the mountain regions.”
So, a new question for Danielle Smith: why do you associate with someone who openly counsels murder of political opponents?
“I am a pastor. And in beliefs homosexual are headed for the lake of fire. Now with that being said we have Muslims in public office right now who believe that anyone who does not believe in ala should be killed but far be it for anyone to mention that. That would be prejudice. And as a Christian I have a right to believe in what I believe and for u to attach someone for their beliefs in my eyes is racist. At least everyone knows up front what he believes. There are to many people in government who hide behind a lie to get in and then do what they believe is write regardless of what the voters believe. My beliefs are my beliefs and I should not be persecuted for that and no one else should either. And because of what you wrote today I have decided to vote for her based on the fact she did not hide behind a lie to please the media. But this is my opinion.”
From “Floyd McK.” Wow.
No wonder Danielle Smith is ducking the media today.
One of the biggest freefalls I’ve seen since, well, Tea Party Tim Hudak’s in October. It’s amazing.
UPDATE: Far from denouncing her candidate’s comments, Danielle Smith has defended them. Straight from Sun Media: “Smith defended the comments and said she’s not concerned and each candidate puts forward their best argument for why they should be the person to represent the community.“
Keep. Those cards and letters comin’, Wildrose faithful! This one from email@example.com:
“Wow warren, that’s quite the article in the sun today. Maybe should open your pants and check for a vagina, cause you sure know how to blow things out of proportion.”
And this gem, from “Gunter W” at firstname.lastname@example.org:
“Kinsella : Tested ,Tried ,unfit to report! You are not a reporter ,but an opinion molder, no wonder newspaper
readers are disappearing ,like snow in the sun .If the people of Alberta vote for the Wildrose party ,I would call
this Democracy in action ,but you rather would like to see DEMONCRACY Warren Kinsella style in typical ,hateful
action ,have a cigar ,hotdog .beer ,pancakes and some other stupid bribes . Those times are over ,people don’t
trust agitators and crooks any more ,reporters ,like banksters will come to their demise . Find yourself another
job , how about snakeoil seller ?”
From a plugged-in contact in Alberta. Very, very interesting.
Warren: Danielle Smith cancelled her media availability for CBC radio today, Global tomorrow and CTV Friday. Cancelled her meeting with the Herald editorial board … and had Vitor appear in her place on Rutherford this morning. Someone is cracking under pressure.
Edmonton-Southwest candidate and pastor Allan Hunsperger posted a rant on his blog last June, using Lady Gaga’s hit song, Born This Way, to blast the Edmonton public school division’s policy of accepting students for who they are.
“Sounds great at first except nobody is mentioning what the results will be of living the way you were born,” read the post, which has since been removed, with a statement from Hunsperger addressing the issue.
“You see, you can live the way you were born, and if you die the way you were born then you will suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire, hell, a place of eternal suffering,”
Evans is a Calgary resident who has made failed runs for municipal office in Calgary. More recently, he has been a participant at Wildrose conventions, and is very active in their campaign, principally online. Here is what I know (so far) about his history:
- Evans has promoted pedophilia by squatting on web addresses, and redirecting same to organizations such as NAMBLA;
- Evans has mocked victims of the Holocaust, and posed online as a survivor, even fabricating a concentration camp-style tattoo on his arm and photographing it.
- Evans links to Stormfront, a neo-Nazi/white supremacist web site, and has long been associated with anti-minority advocacy.
I am hoping to write about the extent of Evans’ involvement with Wildrose. Anyone with additional cited information is welcome to post in comments, below.
And, if I were still home, would I vote Alberta PC for the first time in my life to stop Wildrose from seizing power?
Of course I would.