Just when I thought it couldn't be done, Premier Jason Kenney proved me wrong. As he keeps slip-sliding away in the polls, hitting an all-time low, Kenney said "the only poll that matters is on election day."
Not to be stymied, Kenney puffed out his chest when his $30 million dollar war room dug up some dirt. They found something significant to justify their existence and save the oil and gas industry. Well, actually, a disgruntled parent did the digging.
A children's video that has been out since last summer, mind you, is supposedly poisoning the minds of our children. Bigfoot is the guilty culprit. Kenney's government says he's "brainwashing" our children with anti-oil "propaganda". It's "full of lies," it "villainizes" and "disparages" the oil and gas industry. And what can we do?
A petition. Watch out, Netflix.
For $30 million. As Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt said, "it's almost as if the war room is trying to embarrass themselves."
And when American President Joe Biden pulled the plug to kill the Keystone XL pipeline for good, Kenney said, "it was like a punch in the gut, Biden slapped the country in the face."
I wonder what planet Kenney's been living on for the last decade. The pipeline has been addled with opposition and multiple court injunctions. Former American President Barack Obama shut it down in 2015. When Trump tried to turn the tide, he was blocked – twice.
But Kenney can't get over it. His response is he is going to sue the U.S. government. Instead of taxpayers being on the hook for $1.3 billion, we can add more money to assuage his bruised ego.
I hope these are the last words I will ever utter on this beleaguered topic.