While Albertan's watch government services being cut all around them, including cuts to health care, education and just about everything one can think of, the PC government of Alison Redford has decided to take time away dealing with these problems and running Alberta to play cheap political games in an attempt to smear the official opposition Wildrose.
National Post. Jen Gerson: Alberta PCs try to distract from their own misdeeds by inflating Wildrose robocall ruling.
Edmonton Journal. Graham Thompson: Wildrose shouldn't be tarred with Pierre Poutine brush.
Edmonton SUN Lorne Gunter: Alberta Tories are creating hysteria out of Wildrose robocalls.
Another failure of the PC spin machine.
BTW: I do have to commend the way the Wildrose have handled the situation.
While the PC's turned on their smear machine by making wild accusations, spreading outright lies and making ridiculous demands for a CRTC report not yet released, and using (it always does) tax payer funded Government of Alberta resources (see RT's) to do so; the Wildrose stepped up and did the right thing.
The Wildrose cooperated fully with the CRTC investigation right from the beginning and when news broke a week ago of the fine they not only paid the $90K but also quickly apologized and asked Alberta's Chief Electoral Officer to investigate. After the complete CRTC report was released had even more to say
including the leader Danielle Smith saying that she was "embarrassed" (a
word we have never heard or are ever likely to hear used by Premier
Redford) by what had happened as well the party released the scripts of the calls in question.
It is easy see why the PC government of Alison Redford would want to
try and distract the public from what is going on around them. After
promising the moon to get elected last year, including balancing the
budget and increased spending for almost every government ministry, the
total failure of the PC's to keep those promise and the devastating cuts
that we got as a result of that failure, is not something that they
want on the minds of Albertans. But with all that going on; wouldn't
their time be better spent dealing with the problems their broken promises and surprise cuts are
causing rather than playing politics and trying to smear the Wildrose?
If history is any indication we already know the answer; it is clear that Alison Redford and the PC's will stoop to anything to try and score cheap political points.