Bell: Kenney fed up with Trudeau but what’s next, premier?


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Kenney says the province will use every tool to defend Alberta but his words will no doubt fail to satisfy you.

Kenney points to court battles and building alliances with other provinces and next year’s referendum vote on equalization and a possible Alberta Pension Plan.

He speaks to the premiers Thursday and they issue a communique. They are disappointed with Trudeau.

Nothing new.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney answers questions after announcing $43 million in repairs and improvements to provincial parks at a news conference in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

When Kenney gets to talking about how he’ll go to the wall to defend Canada’s constitution you know he’s going down a rabbit hole where only political geeks take the trip.

Yes, he goes on about Trudeau’s “full-frontal attack on Canadian federalism” and the prime minister’s “de facto constitutional amendments without actually going through the constitutional formula” and how the PM’s plan is “a complete inversion of the original vision of the federation.”

It’s like eating ice cream too quickly.

Brain freeze.

“I know a lot of this just sounds like political science gobbledygook,” says Kenney, insisting it isn’t.

But he does read an email from a man struggling as Alberta struggles. Trudeau couldn’t care less.

And he does hit his stride when talking of oil and gas being needed for decades to come.

“If you really think the billion people in India who desperately want to move to a higher standard of living are all going to be driving Teslas 15 years from now, then you’re disconnected from reality.”

Billions just “want to stop burning cow dung.”

He wonders how this country is going to pay for all Trudeau’s blow-out spending without plenty of new investment.

But there are no new answers to the question. What’s next?

In Ottawa, the opposition asks Trudeau and his sidekicks questions in the House of Commons.

More time is spent on the plight of the wild Pacific salmon than on the plight of Albertans.

rbell@postmedia.com



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