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I guess the lesson is we shouldn’t be fooled by good looking liberals.
With the delegate selections for the Progressive Conservative leadership heavily favouring him, Jason Kenney had to have been feeling his oats this week. But at two well-attended “town halls” in Calgary and Edmonton, he tried hard to portray himself as a self-less servant of the people.
Arrogance, he told the 500 or so people at the Edmonton event, was the major reason the PCs were defeated and decimated in 2015. “The solution, it seems to me, is humility,” said Kenney, 48, channeling his inner Jesuit. “And humility doesn’t just mean just uttering that word, but actually humbling yourself. And that’s not something that politicians do naturally [audience laughter]… you do it by admitting where you went wrong, by listening actively to what the other side says about you, and then changing your direction. And that’s what I propose to do.”
He insisted that he is not running for the PC leadership with the ambition of becoming premier…
It was not so very long ago that everyone called them “tar sands.” It wasn’t a pejorative, but merely a descriptive term for the tarry treasure once seen as the ideal substance for paving Alberta’s roads. Long after that idea proved unworkable—bitumen turned to sticky flypaper in the hot summer sun—and extraction technology, perfected in the 1960s, positioned the resource as a promising, almost limitless, source of crude oil, the monicker persisted as a perfectly acceptable synonym for the new term adopted by the first major commercial extractor and incorporated into its name: Great Canadian Oil Sands (later Suncor). Premiers from Ernest Manning through Ralph Klein used both terms interchangeably.
At some point in the ’noughties, however, this changed. It was around about the time the environmentalists latched onto Global Warming (as it was called in those simple days), discovered there was a disproportionate amount of CO2 emitted by energy intensive oilsands operations, and labelled bitumen “dirty oil.” And since “tar sands” sounded gunkier, stickier, and, well, dirtier than oil sands, it became the preferred term among among the pals of the planet…