Publisher Derek Fildebrandt, news editor Dave Naylor and columnist Cory Morgan appear on a special episode of The Pipeline to address the growing numbers of elected officials having been found to be vacationing in tropical locations while citizens remain locked down.
It appears that in Alberta alone there have been eight (and counting) cases of senior staffers and MLAs found to be travelling thus forming the new remote Hawaiian caucus, Caribbean caucus and Southwest USA caucus.
They discuss how other parties have dealt with this growing issue and how Jason Kenney can act to contain this issue locally if it’s even possible.
WATCH: Bureaucrats get raises while taxpayers suffer.
Cory Morgan interviews Frenco Terrazzano from the Canadian Taxpayer’s Federation on the numbers discovered in a recent freedom of information request b the CTF.
More than 7,300 Alberta bureaucrats received pay raises in 2020, according to exclusive documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
The Alberta government gave 7,384 bureaucrats pay increases in 2020, costing taxpayers $18.7 million, according to records the CTF obtained through freedom of information requests.
Pay raises for provincial bureaucrats have cost taxpayers more than $245 million since 2015, when the economic downturn in Alberta began.
Morgan and Terrazzano also discussed how recall legislation could hold politicians accountable between elections and speculated on whether the UCP will follow through on their promise for it.
WATCH: The Pipeline January 13, 2020. Breaking down the polls
Publisher Derek Fildebrandt, news editor Dave Naylor, podcast editor Cory Morgan and special guest Quito Maggi from Mainstreet Public research discuss a the conclusions of a number of polls commissioned exclusively by the Western Standard.
Albertans want firings for the MLAs who vacationed while we are locked down and many want Premier Kenney’s resignation as well.
Independence is considered an option by a number of Albertans, particularly when it means all four of the Western provinces as opposed to Alberta going it alone. This is reflected in the growth in support for the still new, Wildrose Independence Party.
A majority of Albertans still support lockdowns but that support is fading.
While support for independence is on the rise, the federal Maverick Party is yet to capture it.
WATCH: Sports columnist Roger Millions on the 2021 NHL season
In his first broadcast appearance with the Western Standard, sports columnist Roger Millions talks to Cory Morgan about what to expect in this unique hickey season.
How are teams coping with the COVID-19 restrictions? What are the financial implications? What are gameplay implications?
Roger also speaks to his recent columns where he breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of the Winnipeg Jets and the Vancouver Canucks this season.
Millions also speaks of the Calgary Flames and what we have to look forward to.
MILLIONS: Pierre-Luc Dubois is an opportunity for the Flames or Oilers
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Edmonton woman recalls COVID travel nightmare getting home
‘My life had value’ – message from Calgary woman who died with pre-existing conditions
MUST-READ: Open letter from a doctor to Jason Kenney
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