The smile on Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s face at yesterday’s news conference was just a little unnerving at times (Photo: Screenshot of Alberta Government video).

There was a familiar, frenetic vibe to Jason Kenney’s news conference in Red Deer yesterday, called to announce that happy days are here again because Alberta is dropping most of its remaining public health measures related to COVID-19.

But the Alberta premier’s arm-waving enthusiasm and the car salesman’s frozen grin pasted on his face were eerily reminiscent of that day in June 2021 when he announced Alberta was open for good and we were about to experience “the best summer ever.”

Health Minister Jason Copping, who barely got any lines at yesterday’s performance in Red Deer, explains some of the details of the end of COVID mitigation in Alberta (Photo: Screenshot of Alberta Government video).

We all know how that turned out. 

But now, said Mr. Kenney, “it’s Alberta’s time! Now, Alberta is on a roll! Alberta is on the rise! And we won’t stop because this is the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family! 

“So thank you to everyone for your patience. Thank you for your forbearance. Thank you for your care for others. Thank you for the health care workers. Thank you for everyone who has made some kind of sacrifice over the past two years.”

All in all, it was a pretty good improv performance of the worst salesman on the car lot who knows the boss will fire if he can’t sell a beater by sundown.

And, come to think of it, that’s not a bad description of Mr. Kenney’s current predicament.

Yesterday wasn’t his first trip to Red Deer in the past few days, either, and it probably won’t be his last. 

After all, the Central Alberta city of 100,000 or so souls is scheduled to be the scene of his appointment with destiny on April 9 when United Conservative Party members review his leadership.

Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).

So he’s not just “good news” like the announcement face masks are kaput in Alberta that he and Health Minister Jason Copping brought to a local restaurant yesterday morning, he’s been bestowing expensive favours right and left on the good folk of the city and region, home to some of the most conservative communities in Alberta just a short drive from the convention hotel where he’ll be fighting for his political life.

There will be $3.4 million in provincial funds for a new $22-million Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre in Red Deer. 

There will be $7.5 million to expand the Red Deer Regional Airport. 

And the pièce de résistance – so far – there will be a $1.8-billion expansion of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, which Mr. Kenney touted as “the largest investment in the history of central Alberta.” (One caveat: Only $100 million was approved for the project in the 2022 Budget.)

As veteran Alberta political columnist Don Braid observed last night: “Only the clinically naïve would doubt that this regional generosity is all about the April 9 leadership vote.” 

After all, plenty of the party members around Red Deer at whom Mr. Kenney was aiming his message have grown deeply disillusioned with him for not ending all COVID-19 mitigation measures months ago. 

Of course, conservative rural UCP members don’t just want carrots, they want sticks too – for the other guys.

St. Albert Mayor Cathy Heron (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).

So the premier delivered on that as well, announcing that amendments to the Municipal Government Act will be rammed through the Legislature “to restrict the ability of municipalities to pass bylaws that contradict public health policies and rules enacted by the province.”

If Edmonton City Council members want to maintain their own mask mandate for a little longer, they’ll be slapped down. 

This is clearly political theatre aimed at the UCP base, since councillors are scheduled to meet next week to discuss the mandate, and were expected to lift it anyway.

Nevertheless, the premier argued in yet another news release, “as we safely move beyond COVID restrictions, we need clarity, consistency and unity. It would be confusing and divisive to have multiple different public health policies, particularly when there is no compelling public health rationale. It is time for us to move forward together.”

The old divider even made an uncharacteristic stab at trying to sound conciliatory: “It’s been a divisive time,” he ended his scripted remarks at the morning news conference. “Let’s leave that division in the rear view mirror. Let’s look through the windshield. Let’s be hopeful and optimistic about this great province that is once again on the rise. God bless.” 

Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi called the plan “overreach of power and abuse of authority” and said it has “far-reaching implications.”

In a news release, Alberta Municipalities President Cathy Heron, mayor of St. Albert, complained the premier’s “top-down approach” was “heavy-handed and unnecessary.”

Back in July 2020 when it was rural municipalities complaining about mask mandates, the same premier was singing a different tune: “We think a one-size-fits-all approach for a huge vast, diverse, province like this doesn’t make sense.”

But that was then, and this is now.

Responding to a reporter’s question at the morning news conference, Mr. Kenney said he’d instructed Alberta Health Services to give him options for ending the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers, for which he claimed there is no longer a “compelling rationale.”

According to a Global News story by investigative journalists Charles Rusnell and Jennie Russell published before the news conference, however, a leaked document revealed the decision has already been made to put the policy into effect on March 15. 

Many public health experts were horrified, but Mr. Kenney is clearly his own public health expert now, making decisions based on his own interpretations of science.

“We certainly shouldn’t allow political science to be a substitute for public health science,” the premier huffed at one point.

But since it’s pretty clear public health experts aren’t making public health decisions around here anymore, readers are entitled to wonder who’s actually basing health policy on political considerations nowadays. 

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  1. Yeah, Kenney has sure been hanging around Red Deer a lot lately, perhaps as welcome as a vulture, but I am sure local politicians put on a brave face especially if he comes bearing some gifts. I suppose it is easier to pack a meeting with bus loads of people from near by, so he is trying to buy or at least rent temporarily, enough local hearts and minds.

    I suppose it is good for him to get out of the Sky Palace bunker for a bit, even though the Big Blue truck is still no where to be seen. Perhaps it will re-emerge sometime before the next election, like an automotive version of a sweater vest, if his love bombing of Red Deer helps him keep his leadership.

    Well, no love lost for municipal politicians who might get in the way of Kenney’s greatest spring ever reopeninh. The opening of Spring Time for Kenney is coming soon to Red Deer and he is getting ready for the show. Municipal autonomy which was politically convenient for Kenney a while ago is no longer so now. It must be frustrating for the municipal leaders who want consistency, but politics is often about expediency as Kenney well knows.

    Will this all be enough for Kenney to win back the anti vaxers and anti maskers? Who knows, but I suspect they have also been frustrated by Kenney’s various flip flops on COVID restrictions over the last few years. Can anyone really trust what he say any more?

  2. Was Kenney drunk in that photo? Or was that his lame attempt at trying to display a human emotion? Let’s face it – the only thing Kenney cares about is himself and boy does he love the sound of his own voice as he blathers on about things he knows absolutely nothing about.

    Kenney has never worked a real job in his entire life. Straight from private school to the taxpayer-funded wealth he now enjoys (if you don’t count dropping out of college). How can he possibly relate to anyone who’s had to earn their daily bread? Maybe this is why he has so much contempt for health care workers and teachers.

    Kenney will rig the leadership vote on April 9th, but I hope Albertans have seen enough of his used car salesman act to know he’s nothing but a little man on the grift.

    1. Public Servant: The photo is a screenshot of government’s own video. I watched the video and I would say Mr. Kenney was most certainly not drunk. What he was was nervous, edgy, and trying to look more confident than he felt, in my opinion. There were probably a lot of tells that he was fibbing, but I’m not an expert about that sort of thing. DJC

    2. The rictus on JK’s face reminds me of the one on Data’s in this hilarious scene from Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 4, “Data’s Day”. It’s near the end of this clip, at about 2:35. (Except that the android Data has more personality and compassion than the Premier).

      https://youtu.be/4rIDJ8NFKvI

  3. It’s pretty much the same across the country re the lifting of restrictions, isn’t it? Alberta is hardly unique in that respect, so pouring scorn on kenney on that score this time seems appropriate only in the political bubble of Alberta, where few outside realities intrude on the discourse.

    My province of NS is pretending that on March 21, Covid is sort of over and we’ll have to “learn” to live with it. Which of course is the ultimate poke in the eye for older people, considering that deaths are still very high. Cases are going down — whoopee. They still remain a hundred times higher than a year ago, and yet almost 100% of the over 60s are now triple-vaxxed! Nobody even had a single vaxx dose this time last year but a few frontline health care workers. Remember the supply problems? My own doctor thought I was likely too fearful in getting out and about on March 8 last year — yet compared to some friends I was a positive gadabout! That was before Delta, upon which the vaccines seemed to work to some extent through late summer and the fall. But then in December, you didn’t have to be an intellectual genius to figure out: “Hmm. Anyone vaxxed or unvaxxed can get Omicron” — it was becoming clear this past Xmas time to me, when cases became too numerous for the province to track, and they simply gave up, and besides, everyone in the testing labs needed a vacation.

    Essentially, all provinces have given up. It’s obvious. So now I’ll have to creep about when shopping with hordes of unmasked jostling around me. Restaurants are still out. Look at it this way — we oldsters are doing our bit for society to allow the majority to return to a sort of normality. But nobody asked us to be so valorous — we were just told we had to be. “Oh, and if you’re old take special steps to protect yourself.” Thanks, Chief PMO, I can tell you’ve got my back. The so-called community spirit we were urged to show each other as a Nova Scotian trait that existed anyway was just a bit of downhome grandstanding and flattery to even out and limit case spread for the healthcare system. Other than that, nobody really gave a damn, especially when the chips were down. It feels so good to be valued.

    1. Mr. Malcolm. Could not agree with you more. Here is what Prof. Mark Woolhouse of Edinburgh University said about the relaxation of basic public health protections:

      “The Omicron variant did not come the Delta variant. It came from a completely different part of the virus’s family tree. And since we don’t know where in the virus’s family trees a new variant is going to come from, we cannot know how pathogenic it might be. It could be less pathogenic, but it could, just as easily, be more pathogenic.”
      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/12/scientists-plead-caution-covid-restrictions-lifted-england

      Unfortunately, this ending of public health protections has all been pushed by the 30% or so of the electorate who make up the Conservative base. Those who don’t trust the vaccines, are in line for a Darwin Award if they don’t use an effective mask in indoor public spaces.

  4. Why does everyone keep bringing up the “best summer ever” for the fall surge in cases? Maybe these pandemics rise and fall in waves regardless of actions taken by lockdown measures.

    If you disagree fine. But you can also make the argument we were well on our way to having Covid licked in the spring of 2020 but then BLM happened and hundreds of thousands of people, after months of strict lockdowns, poured into the streets for a furious round of protests and virtue signalling, all directed by cabal of media, professional activists and government officials who had passed laws that levered fines on anyone for just sitting on a park bench.

    I don’t know if Kenney is following his own interpretation of science but it’s more like he following the science in the UK and a number of other European countries who have thrown in the towel and decided the best thing to do is to “let er rip” (what, are you going to keep vaccinating people every four months for the rest of their lives). Even Bill Gates has admitted that omicron is a natural vaccine and will be much effective than any of effective than any of the vaccines he can come up with.

    1. The claim that “government mandates reduce covid” is a falsifiable hypothesis. Have a look at covid rates in alberta and overlay them with the dates that mandates were introduced and the dates that they were repealed. If the hypothesis is correct, you should see that covid rates were rising, then mandates came in, then the rates fell, then the mandates were removed, then the rates started rising again. No need to trust anyone!

      The claim that “covid would have been defeated in the spring of 2020 if not for BLM” is also a falsifiable hypothesis. Compare covid rates in countries/states with significant BLM movements with covid rates in countries/states that did not have significant BLM movements.

      Science does not change when it crosses borders. The scientific method is a series of steps, starting with a hypothesis that one attempts to disprove and ending with a conclusion, and it remains the same no matter where you travel. “Science in Britain” is the same as science anywhere else. The thing that changes every time you cross a border is “propaganda”, not “science.”

      Finally, Bill Gates is a businessman with no background in medicine. Asking Mr. Gates what he thinks about Omnicron is about as relevant as asking your electrician what they think of your investment portfolio.

    2. No, you can’t make that completely boneheaded argument about a potential link between BLM and Covid transmission. Please look and think before you post such drivel:

      https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33215199/

      I get that you possibly hate BLM and liberals in general and would prefer to live in an illiberal regime that would make Tucker Carlson drool, but at least try to find evidence to back up your wild-eyed assertions.

      As for Bill Gates, why would I trust the word of the guy who underpaid some poor schmuck for an Operating System to present as his own to IBM, who in a moment of world-class stupidity agreed to a licensing deal that guaranteed the future fortunes of Gates and his two partners?

      Gates was very lucky, and he is very rich. But, being very rich or lucky does not make you an expert. Why would even think that Gates’ opinions carry any weight with this audience? Granted, Gates is also very smart. However, he is no epidemiologist. Furthermore, he has come down a lot in stature because of his significant role in ensuring that AstraZeneca had patent protections. The original plan of the researchers who developed AstraZeneca was to make it available without patents. But, you know, money.

      1. -“I get that you possibly hate BLM and liberals in general”.

        FYI I’ve been an NDP VOTER pretty much all of my life. I voted liberal federally in the last two elections.

        1. It is not about how you vote, but how you think and reason.

          Some of my fellow brothers and sisters in the union movement I was involved in many, many years ago were, I thought, good solid left-wing people. Then, one of them, a union steward and a Maoist as I later found out, told me they thought the Chinese government should have acted sooner and more brutally in Tiananmen Square. That was the moment, in my relative youth, when I discovered that it mattered not what side of the political spectrum you were on. An illiberal crackpot can exist on the left of the right of the spectrum.

          I am not saying you are any of those things. But, really, when you do a drive by smear of both BLM and sensible Covid policies, what reasonable conclusion can one draw about your attitudes to either? Also, consider that, in your original post that you said that Kenney is likely “following the science in the UK and a number of other European countries who have thrown in the towel and decided the best thing to do is to “let er rip””.

          Do you know how science works? I don’t recall “throwing in the towel” is a recommendation that comes out of epidemiological science. What is this science you speak of? Excess mortality?

          https://ourworldindata.org/excess-mortality-covid

      2. A fitting quote by John Kenneth Galbraith: “Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence”.
        That is appropriate for the likes of Gates, Musk and Thiel.
        How much intelligence do we, as a society, ignore or dismiss, because the person dresses or acts ‘poorly’?
        We go about our lives smugly. Asleep. Not totally aware.
        When are the Ides of March?
        Soon?
        DF

        1. Yeah, trust an Albertan site to completely miss Galbraith’s point. He’s talking about the white trash we see all around us in the oil patch. Guys, and some gals, making 6-figure salaries on a grade 10 education. People who have no other skill set but obedience and loyalty making more money that someone wo has excelled at his, or her, studies to work in an important occupation that serves the society.
          These people “convey the aspect of intelligence” but they are not. Anything but actually. And when they get together in large numbers they develop policies that are just plain stupid.

          Has been this way in Albaturda for a couple generations now.

    3. bro they were virtue signalling so hard they burned down a police detachment in Minneapolis.

      Bill Gates is not a vaccine scientist, and he stole a good chunk of his original IP. He’s also not an epidemiologist, or someone i listen to about anything really.

    4. Infectious respiratory diseases do generally come in “waves”. In temperate climates they appear in winter in conditions of low humidity. There are generally troughs and peaks in mortality in summer and winter, respectively. In the case of SARS CoV-2, however, populations were subjected to unprecedented stresses through socio-economic restrictions and relentless propaganda, beginning in early 2020. Psychological stress was known to be a significant factor in risk for infectious respiratory disease long before Covid.
      Pre-Covid protocols in both hospital and long-term care were radically altered in 2020 in the name of managing SARS CoV-2. It stands to reason that these massive disruptions had a negative effect on the overall health of the population.
      The US remains the one region in the developed world with a significant increase in mortality during Covid. This occurred in the poorest regions, where poverty combined with heat waves and unprecedented socio-economic stresses to produce huge numbers of deaths from bacterial pneumonia. The hardest-hit areas were the areas in which antibiotic use is historically high and in which life expectancy is lower than average.
      Poor people, in the heat, suffering from “lock-downs” got sick with viruses and then got pneumonia and died. That is the story of Covid in the US, the font of global Covid hysteria.
      In Canada, they killed a huge swathe of the sick, frail elderly in long-term care with unprecedented abuses in terms of isolation and disruptions of normal medical protocols. In Alberta a Covid death is overwhelminingly a person with more than 3 significant comorbidities, over the age of 80.
      The BLM claim is beyond absurd. These viruses transmit indoors, in conditions of low humidity. The ridiculous claims of outdoor “super-spreader” events, whether bikers at Sturgis, or BLM protesters, are from the realm of Bigfoot studies.

  5. Now Kenney is killing us – happy?

    Well, he’s not killing me, but his own base. They wanted an end to mandates and they got it. Enjoy your ride to the hospital UCP supporters. Kinda difficult to vote for your boi when you’re on a ventilator or 6-feet under.

    Should have kept Notley, then a lot more Albertans would have remained healthy, and most of all alive.

    Karma is a bitch Alberta!

    1. If the decision to reject vaccination was only dangerous to the person who refused the injection, I would agree with you. The decision to believe that a vaccine is bad for you during a global pandemic is much like the decision to believe that red lights mean ‘go’ and green lights mean ‘stop.’ Others will also suffer for your actions.

      Fun fact – in health care, a mass casualty event is referred to as a “Code Orange”. This means that there are more people needing help than the hospital is able to help. I’m oversimplifying, but established medical best practices are to reserve treatment for those who are most likely to survive. An unvaccinated person is less likely to survive getting covid than a vaccinated person is. Bringing someone into a hospital during a pandemic is going to expose them to covid.

      Put another way, if a hospital were in a code orange, and they chose to triage unvaccinated people as being less likely to survive, and therefore having a lower priority to receive health care, it would be a medical decision.

      If a hospital were to treat unvaccinated people as being equally likely to survive as vaccinated people, it would be a political decision.

      Yet another difficult conversation that Canada is not mature or informed enough to have. Spare a thought for whichever doctor ends up having to decide on the fly between fear of litigation and fear of violence. How would you want them to decide? How would you decide? Keep in mind that doctors face something called ‘medico-legal liability’ for their decision, and also . Are you more afraid of the courts, or the mob?

    2. ATHABASCAN What are you hearing about Brian Jean’s chance of getting elected. Friends over coffee certainly don’t to see him back making a fool of himself. We saw enough of him as leader of the Wildrose.

      1. I don’t run in that inner circle. Brian Jean without a doubt will be elected as a UCP MLA for his riding. I think your question is whether he will topple Kenney as leader of the UCP.

        If I had to guess, I’d say he will be unsuccessful in that regard, if only because Kenney is so corrupt that he will use any means to quash such a palace coup.

        I fear that he is so corrupt that he will pull all the stops in the next provincial elections in an effort to remain as our premier. If he’s successful well… We’ll have to wait and see in 2023, I guess.

      2. Alan I live in the riding and Ariana Mancini is doing very well. Don’t forget that if Brian Jean does win that he has proven himself to be a self serving politician who is a serial quitter

  6. Somehow, folks don’t see that the emperor has no clothes. Building/expanding hospitals makes for great PR but no mention of STAFF to fill these eerily empty wards. Visit Calgary’s South Health Campus…… still empty floors after 10 years or more. This in a province which still can’t produce a plastic health care card. Maybe under the tree this Christmas?

  7. Snouts in the trough, always snouts in the trough. Who knew there were so many snouts in Red Deer?

    It’s really hard to watch the premier removing power from other levels of government and consolidating it in his own hands, while simultaneously paying close attention to world news. Yet we must pay close attention in the early stages before it is too late to do anything about it. It was really hard to watch that young soldier, not much older than a high school student, calling it out for what it is.

    Are our municipal leaders the leaders we need for these times? I’m not sure. Maybe one of them is. Now is the time to show it.

  8. The problem with Ken-babe’s handing out of the goodies to rural Alberta is that Brian Jean can take credit for them and no one will bat an eye.

    Kenney really is a fat dead man walking. It is known that he rigged the upcoming leadership review in his favour. But given his amazing talent for catching bad luck, I think even Kenney has a bad feeling about this.

    Unless he initiates something loony like the “Alberta Dividend” which would be perpetual Ralph Bucks for everyone in Alberta forever — or until the latest oil boom dies, whichever comes first — his gig really is up.

    Brian Jean will arrive in caucus, but Kenney dare not eject him. That’s how weak Kenney’s position is.

    Ides of March indeed.

  9. What a shambolic mess this government is. They base their decisions only on what is politically expedient to maintain their hold on power and line their pockets, not what is in the best interests of the province. If they had evidence and data to back up the decision to remove the mask mandates, they would make that available to the public. Instead, they treat us like children and tell us what they want us to hear, which is not necessarily the truth.

    1. Back in the day, an Alberta “one size fits all” mask mandate was wrong. Now, an Alberta “one size fits all” mask mandate is forced through by the Kenney government.

      His blatant pandering speaks volumes about modern Canadian conservatives.

  10. It is like the end of a thriller movie when the psychopathic villain begins to realize the jig is up and starts preparing to take everyone down with him. The harder he smiles, the worse things get. I trust Rachel Notley has her cape out.

    1. Regarding the abandonment of public health protections. I drove west on 67 St in Red Deer this afternoon during rush hour. There, on a boulevard in the center of traffic stood a late 30s woman holding a Canadian flag in a stiff armed fascist salute. The sign on her chest said “freedom wins.”

  11. “We certainly shouldn’t allow political science to be a substitute for public health science,” the premier huffed at one point.

    A true knee-slapper. Kenney’s hypocrisy is breathtaking. Political science is the only kind of science he understands.

  12. Kenney is a science expert, all right. If you consider getting re-elected a science.

    “Beware of self-styled experts. An ex is a has-been, and a spurt is a drip under pressure.” –anonymous

  13. Red Deer residents would be damn fools to believe anything this liar feeds they. What happens when he is kicked out and the new leader cancels all his promises. As someone pointed out start dates have been ignored which says everything.

    1. ALAN K. SPILLER: Good points. One of my late uncles, who was a veteran of World War 2, wasn’t that enthralled about Ralph Klein, when me and one of my brothers were talking to him once. It was very apparent to me. My uncle also told me another time that talking is one thing, but when it comes down to doing it, it is another thing. The UCP are good at making promises they don’t keep. They emulate their hero, Ralph Klein.

  14. Canadians will not understand how severely damaged the health care system is or how low the morale of health care workers is until they walk into a hospital and there is no one there to treat them.

  15. Any chance of getting a magnified close-up poster of the Clown With No Make-Up™️ to use in the next election whether he’s around or not?

    He should be a reminder to Albertans to the danger the UCP represents.

  16. Having been burned by politicians of all stripes when it comes to the expansion of the hospital in Red Deer it is safe to say Kenney isn’t fooling anyone. People here have been trying to get a proper facility since the days of Stockwell Day, maybe before that. We even elected 2 NDP MLAs, still only empty promises by politicians making a pitstop between Edmonton and Calgary. I believe we are at 8 ICU beds for the 450,000 Albertans the hospital serves. If you have a heart attack travelling through our city best to stay on the road to Edmonton or Calgary. You have a 40% greater chance of survival.

    1. Jim: yes, the NDP has a heavy responsibility for continuing to undermine public support and respect for both democracy and the legal and regulatory system in Alberta when they were in power. If they get a ‘next time,’ let’s hope they have learned their lesson. Many in rural Alberta fear the government more than they fear the mob.

  17. Ever wondered why the CDC nor jurisdictions in Canada have never evaluated whether NPI’s work?

    Theres a reason for it.

    They are good politics, for authoritarian governments, but bad public health measures.

    1. Bret, have you ever wondered how sheep bladders can be employed to prevent earthquakes or why the Nazi’s built secret underground bases on the moon?

      What ridiculous stuff you post! You don’t have to have a black belt in Google Fu to determine that your implicit assertion (some would call it begging the question) that no research on the effectiveness of Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention (NPI) has been done is false. And, possibly, bonkers.

      Here is a link from our own AB government:

      https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/ppih/if-ppih-covid-19-sag-rapid-evidence-brief-non-pharmaceutical-interventions.pdf

      Here’s a link to another research study across 190 countries:

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7598763/

      Also, I would point out that this research is not easy, but it has been done, and there are some fairly complex models that can be used to demonstrate NPI’s effectiveness:

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7941649/

      Do you enjoy spreading falsehoods and sloppy assertions that have no basis in fact? Or, do you just enjoy trolling folks here? Do you think you have a hope of convincing anyone other than yourself with your inane assertions? Why bother?

  18. If K-Boy’s up for a Winkler, he might as well go whole hog and jump the shark. After all, Happy Days is where that expression came from (in the dying days of the TV show, Winkler’s character, “The Fonz”, jumped a shark on water skis in a lame attempt to rejuvenate a series which had lost its mojo, the stunt only proving it, hence: “Jumping the Shark.”)

    But Would K-Boy opt for the oft mistaken source of the meme: Eval Knievel? The professional stuntman did a similar gimmick to do the same thing —with the same result. I mean, Knievel’s Stars-n-near-Confederate-Stripes costume was ultimately designed to conceal pudge, but that cape would only look like arse-wad stuck to tRump’s heel on Kenney.

    Personally, I think he’d rather Fonzie’s biker get-up of overwrought cheese so’s to hang with his Soul-Bromancers of Odium who raised the portly prospect to full patch in 2019.

    This time, these “very nice people” will need to keep him from tumbling into the chondrichthyes’ maw.

    But of course it’ll be too late. That’s the whole point.

    Be safe, my Alberta friends: happier days are sure to be here again after this serial polipath is cancelled once and for all—well, at least until Pierre “le dégueuler” Poillievre loses the next federal election. Then it’s the Fonzerelli-Knievel-Kenney Show all over again. That’s the whole point, after all.

  19. PHLOGISTON Well said. The true conservatives in my world are sick and tired of these fools who can’t think for themselves they have to let these phoney conservatives do it for them, and believe every lie they tell them. You ask Bret to give you a list of all the horrible things Rachael Notley did to us and he can’t do it. All he has is Jason Kenney told him so. But why would anyone be dumb enough to believe this perpetual liar? Bret does.

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