Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’d like to share a little story right now that I like to call The Right People. It’s a story of the pitfalls that one can face when they don’t associate with the right people or have the benefit of the right ideas.
Now we’re beginning to get an idea of who the right people are. They raise a ruckus at the idea of coming in to work at 9 a.m., not because they’re lazy but because they have no computer and support staff. The right people know that the best way to help an abused woman get out of a lease is to add the swearing of a statutory declaration to their burdens. They have a limitless energy for outrage, pointing out all manner of tax dollars wasted, yet they filibuster with glee.
When their bills and motions are rejected, they bring them back over and over. Now we see that the right people are prepared to introduce Bill 201, likely to be uniquely known as Yet Another Recall Act, and they’re doing it for the third time in a row. So while Alberta is dealing with a serious economic crisis, low commodity prices, increasing debt, and unemployment, the right people are intent on making us relive a political issue that was dealt with in the 1930s by the Social Credit Party.
The right people can help you decide who to talk to and who not to talk to, like: for heaven’s sake, do not talk to B-list reporters; and for heaven’s sake, do not articulate your position on social issues. In fact, push them way, way down the list, past 100, so the public cannot absorb just how unpalatable they actually are. We are so lucky in this House to know the right people, who proudly state that they wouldn’t legislate on social issues because the right people don’t need to protect the vulnerable; they don’t need to stand up for parents or start their workday at a reasonable hour. What kind of province would we be, Mr. Speaker, if we did things like that?
On March 14, 2016, Sandra Jansen reflected on constructive dialog in the legislature.
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