Jason Kenney may have missed it, but Lyndon Johnson’s popular remark about how specific people weren’t as much as walking and chewing gum at the exact same time was an observation about their lack of intelligence, not their capability to get away with saying contradictory things at the exact same time.
Alberta’s premier is said to be a quite brilliant guy, so most likely he understands what the Democrat from Texas wanted when he pithily observed that Republican politician congressman Gerald Ford was “so dumb he can’t fart and chew gum at the same time.”
It was a different time, so the press kindly washed Johnson’s observation to make it ideal for family papers. Both Johnson and Ford later functioned as presidents of the United States, and the kinder gentler version of LBJ’s crack was the one that decreased in history.
However Kenney, the present United Conservative Party premier of Alberta and a guy very much cut from the climate-change cloth of the modern U.S. Republican celebration, appeared to have something rather different in mind when he used the expression
In an online question-and-answer session during the UCP’s virtual yearly general meeting Saturday, Kenney admitted, rather startlingly, that governments like his are going to need to be seen to be acting on the environment if they expect bankers to loan any cash to the oil and gas market to develop new projects. Needless to say, this was a huge change from the days when he used to rail versus NDP premier Rachel Notley for stating the exact same kind of thing.
So, Kenney continued, “we have actually got to have the ability to stroll and chew gum at the same time when it pertains to the energy and environment dynamic.”
Provided the backstory of the concern– about whether Kenney needs to have supported Erin O’Toole when the brand-new federal Conservative leader said that he would devote to meeting Canada’s target for greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate arrangement– it seems Kenney had in mind the concept both he and O’Toole could state that and not actually mean it.
” I don’t believe Erin is wrong to state that we have to discover a way forward for our market where we do not stick our head in the ground and pretend that the goals behind the Paris thing are not hugely influential in how capital is allocated and how market gain access to decisions are made,” Kenney said. (Emphasis included.)
Additional proof existed when Kenney responded to another question about the so-called energy “war space,” the taxpayer-supported private company run by three cabinet ministers and known formally as the Canadian Energy Centre, stating it will quickly be totally back in service after a brief COVID-19 lockdown hiatus, increase its pro-oilsands marketing effort once again.
” I do expect that in the weeks and months to come, the CEC will return to Strategy A, which was to introduce a number of big ad campaign,” the premier stated.
AGM delegates, voting from their home computers, passed a variety of controversial resolutions, including the durable seasonal call to embrace an unconstitutional ” right-to-work” law in Alberta.
Likely to frighten the bejeepers out of bigger varieties of voters, however, was the approval by the delegates of a resolution calling on the government to produce a parallel, personal, for-profit health-care system
This is a long way from Kenney’s signed pre-election pledge in February 2019 that he would maintain health-care funding and “an universally accessible, publicly funded health-care system.”
In the Westminster parliamentary system, of course, a governing celebration has no commitment to enact nutty policies even if rank and file members have actually enacted favour of them– “I’m the leader and I get to translate the resolution and its significance to party policy,” Kenney stated dramatically back in 2018 when convention delegates passed an ill-timed resolution demanding that schoolkids who join gay-straight alliances be outed to their moms and dads.
However as the Calgary Herald‘s Don Braid mentioned last night, the premier’s action to the AGM health-care resolution was as clear as mud, sounding a lot like the musings of a man who had not rather determined how to state two completely contradictory things at the very same time in a way that would fool all of individuals all of the time.
What president Johnson, who died in 1973, would have said about Kenney’s usage of his witticism and the premier’s practice of promising various strokes for various chaps is difficult to state, however I can ensure you it would have deserved pricing estimate.
Kenney was signed up with by O’Toole for part of the Q&A session. The 2 Conservative leaders sat close together, facing one another, not using masks.
Well, having just recently been affected by COVID-19, O’Toole most likely has some antibodies to the illness, whatever one might think of the example the gruesome twosome was setting for the rest people.
For his part, Kenney used vibrantly striped socks, which looked as if they may have been obtained from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s sock drawer.
The PM’s socks typically appear to provoke near apoplexy amongst Kenney’s supporters and their media echo chamber. For some reason, nevertheless, the premier’s comparable option of hosiery seems to have passed without comment.
David Climenhaga, author of the Alberta Diary blog, is a journalist, author, journalism instructor, poet and trade union communicator who has actually worked in senior writing and editing positions at The World and Mail and the Calgary Herald
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