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To understand the kind of politics we're in for with a Kenney-led conservative campaign coming, let's take a short jaunt down memory lane: the fake citizenship ceremony saga.… #ableg #abpoli
1. In 2012, Kenney was adamant about holding a citizenship ceremony at now-defunct Sun News TV's ("Fox News North") studio. Sun Media demanded that bureaucrats comply.
2. We're left to speculate as to why. To boost ratings with their flagging TV network? To give Kenney an uncritical platform to woo cultural communities? To distance their brand from Kenney-friend and host Ezra Levant's racist screeds?
3. Whatever the case, Kenney's department officials cautioned against the idea of a Sun studio orchestrated ceremony (Sun wanted only 10 people, no family), because citizenship ceremonies are special to the new citizens and their families.
4. They (reasonably) suggested that Sun could cover one of the 13 already-scheduled ceremonies on the same day, where new citizens' families would be welcome.
5. But Sun media demanded the studio ceremony, saying they could "fake the oath". So, the bureaucrats came up with a "reaffirmation ceremony".
6. Note that released emails show that Sun was doing the demanding -- but the department officials would only have said "how high" if Minister Kenney or his office demanded the for-profit (Sun) / for-partisanship (Kenney) ceremony.
7. Problem was: the department had trouble finding new citizens to attend the faked ceremony, because it turns out that new immigrants are a little busy working to find time to attend fake ceremonies for Kenney and his pet-media's gain.
8. Probably doesn't help that said pet-media's Tory leadership dabbled in overt racism.…
9. But in order "to have the right numbers" (reminiscent of anti-immigrant Bernier positions,…, for Kenney and Sun Media, there was a magic number of immigrants needed), 6 of Kenney's department employees had to stand in as new immigrants.
10. Sun News then passed the whole thing off as a real ceremony.
11. And when the whole thing came to light, instead of apologizing (and crawling into a deep hole, like any decent human), Kenney blamed his bureaucrats for "handling the situation inappropriately".…
12. Because that's the kind of leadership one can expect from Kenney and friends: demand unethical action, demand it louder when the officials resist, then throw them under the bus when the truth comes to light. #ableg #abpoli

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Aug 21, 2018
It’s important for people to understand the substance of the Saskatchewan carbon price reference case that Jason Kenney supports. Let’s start with a few accurate premises, then draw some logical conclusions about Kenney’s positions.
See:… #ableg #abpoli
Premise #1: SK’s case DOES NOT argue that Gov’t of Canada (GoC) lacks the jurisdiction to price carbon.
Premise #2: Indeed, SK accepts that GoC has the jurisdiction to price carbon across Canada (as virtually everyone does, see… ).
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Aug 3, 2018
1. @jkenney and #UCP are supporting SK’s challenge, which argues that fed carbon price can only be constitutional if it applies to every province, incl Alberta, not just those without their own price, like SK and ON. #ableg #abpoli
2. In other words, Kenney isn’t just proposing to waste AB’s $ on lawyers to fight a legal loser: he’s demanding that Ottawa collect carbon charges in Alberta, not just SK & ON. #abpoli
3. I’m not kidding. The fight Kenney wants to wage is to demand Ottawa extend its carbon price collection to Alberta, instead of exempting Alberta from Ottawa’s tax in favour of a made-in-Alberta design that accounts for Alberta’s unique circumstances.
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May 8, 2018
1. Let's put this in context. In Cabinet in Ottawa, Jason Kenney agreed to Canada's Paris climate targets, the same targets we still have. (Toronto Sun:…). #ableg #abpoli #abclimate #cdnpoli
2. Mr. Kenney has been waging an all-out rhetorical assault on carbon pricing, claiming they're ineffective and costly. The vast majority of economists of all stripes disagree: they are the lowest-cost, most efficient policy for addressing climate change.
3. Mr. Kenney apparently also disagrees now, realizing that as a free-market conservative who professes to believe in climate change, he HAS to support carbon pricing. #ableg #abpoli
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