Alberta Politics
Hello, Canada! Sen. Rand Paul (Photo: Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons).

I’m sorry to report, Canada, that Rand Paul, the nutty libertarian son of the crazy uncle of the American Right, isn’t the only politician to stumble into a controversy for getting repairs at the Shouldice Hernia Hospital.

We’ll get to that in a minute, but first there’s a backstory.

According to the younger Dr. Paul, Republican Senator of Kentucky and an eye surgeon who obviously doesn’t get along with his neighbour, universal public health care is sort of like slavery. Only much worse, actually, because not only do hospital janitors get enslaved, but well-heeled ophthalmologists like him, too! This happens whenever the hoi polloi get a right to health care, as in Cuba, Europe or, erm, Canada.

Don’t ask me! I don’t make this stuff up. I got this right out of Newsweek, a respectable legacy media publication if ever there was one. And not, repeat not, fake news on Facebook!

Sen. Paul says he has a hernia because he got in a fight with his next-door neighbour, a retired physician, over where the grass clippings were supposed to go. (I’m still not making this up.) This happened in their upscale neighbourhood in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Senator claims something gave way at the moment his neighbour tackled him.

As an aside, this may not sound as crazy to Canadians as it does to our American cousins. Canadian

Alberta Politics
Enough already! It’s time for the NDP to implement the Bighorn park plan immediately
Alberta Politics
Were provincial officials taking part in town hall meetings on the Alberta Government’s plan to create a park in west central Alberta’s Bighorn Country really harassed and threatened by all-terrain-vehicle
University of Calgary acted like ‘Big Oil U’ in 2015 controversy, paper by B.C. academic researchers concludes
Alberta Politics
It’s not every day you see terms like “corporate obstructionism” and “institutional corruption” used to describe the way things are done at one Canadian university in a peer-reviewed academic paper
Just as well, no province-wide gender-reveal party to be required for Baby Jean, a girl
Alberta Politics
There will be no province-wide social media gender reveal party for Brian Jean’s and Kimberly Michelutti’s expected baby. True, this would have given all Albertans the opportunity to continue to
Death of Gene Zwozdesky, the mellifluous smoothie of Alberta politics, an apt symbol of the end of the Progressive Conservative Era
Alberta Politics
The death Sunday of Gene Zwozdesky – first elected as a Liberal but for many years afterward a Conservative, a cabinet minister who could be counted on to smooth over
Brief late-evening message from premier signals departure of Calgary MLA and former cabinet minister Stephanie McLean
Alberta Politics
If there’s an Alberta version of what used to be known as a “Kremlinologist,” they’ll be puzzling over yesterday evening’s social media announcement by Premier Rachel Notley about the departure
Canadian Politics
Everything you always wanted to know about Rand Paul and the Shouldice Hernia Hospital * but were afraid to ask
Alberta Politics
I’m sorry to report, Canada, that Rand Paul, the nutty libertarian son of the crazy uncle of the American Right, isn’t the only politician to stumble into a controversy for
Donner Canadian Foundation, prominent funder of right-wing groups, helps bankroll new ‘think tank’ closely connected to CTF
Alberta Politics
A new “think tank” with close connections to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation received $50,000 last year from the Donner Canadian Foundation, a prominent funder of right-wing ideological organizations in Canada.
Brian Topp, NDP strategist who led Rachel Notley’s 2015 war room, describes what Jagmeet Singh must do this year to win
Alberta Politics
With a federal election looming this fall, mainstream pundits have already written off the federal New Democratic Party and its leader, Jagmeet Singh, relegating Mr. Singh to history’s discard bin
About the cost of operating that truck convoy: Was it a political donation, and was it strictly legal?
Alberta Politics
I have questions about that massive truck protest convoy in south Edmonton yesterday, the one that tied up commuter traffic and prevented people from reaching Edmonton International Airport and just
With friends like these … it’s sure depressing to compare Canada in 1979 to the U.S. in 2018
Alberta Politics
Canadians of a certain vintage will clearly remember “the Canadian Caper,” that dangerous moment in 1979 when our diplomats put their lives on the line to smuggle six of their
Geopolitics
Everything you always wanted to know about Rand Paul and the Shouldice Hernia Hospital * but were afraid to ask
Alberta Politics
I’m sorry to report, Canada, that Rand Paul, the nutty libertarian son of the crazy uncle of the American Right, isn’t the only politician to stumble into a controversy for
Guest Post by Olav Rokne: America’s Democrats need to saddle up a dark horse
Alberta Politics
Considering his scandal-ridden administration, a shaky economy, and his disagreeable public presence, it’s easy for progressives to assume that Tovarishch Trump will be a one-term president. But here’s the bad
The Day We Burned Ole DC Down? It was today, actually … 204 years ago
Alberta Politics
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Day We Burned Ole DC Down? It was today, actually. But if this was big news 204 years ago, when the fire was actually lit by the
Notice to readers: AlbertaPolitics.ca is closed … sort of
Alberta Politics
Notice to readers: I expect to be on the road for a few days and so AlbertaPolitics.ca is officially closed for vacation. Which, as regular readers of this blog will
What’s the appropriate response to Riyadh’s diplomatic hysterics? How about reopening our embassy in Tehran?
Alberta Politics
Is there an appropriate response by Canada to the bizarre events of the last few hours on the diplomatic circuit? It’s not just that Canada’s ambassador has been kicked out
Ad

Support ALBERTAPOLITICS.CA

PayPal Donate Button
Ad

Categories

Ad