Redford makes the right decision

Finally sanity (and morality) have prevailed.

Finally sanity (and morality) have prevailed.

Last week, Premier Alison Redford announced she has repaid the nearly $45,000 of taxpayers’ money that she spent on her trip to Nelson Mandela’s funeral. The announcement came a week after Redford had admitted to spending about $3,000 of government funds flying her daughter and her daughter’s friends around on government planes. Redford has agreed to repay those funds as well.

Once again, it would seem that the voice of the average people in politics is stronger than many think it to be. Clearly, our premier realized that paying back only $3,000 of irresponsibly spent money would not be enough to content the people of Alberta.

While Redford has (finally) made the right choice and done something the people of Alberta can support, her actions still do raise some concerns.

Critics will continue to point out how the premier should not have spent that money in the first place and Redford only paid it back in an attempt to save face after realizing she could not afford to lose any more of Alberta’s trust. Others will comment on how flip-flopping from her initial decision (even though the initial decision was the wrong one) does not show strong leadership.

While these things are true, they do not change the fact that Redford has done the right thing in paying back these monies. Sure, she only did it because the people of Alberta made her, but does it really matter if it gets the premier’s spending under control?

That being said, we are not about to let Redford off the hook either. She has made a good first step to regaining our trust, but she still has a long way to go.

Redford has let the issue of her irresponsible spending fester far too long for it to be forgiven simply by paying the money back. From now on, all of Alberta will be watching her like a hawk. Next, it appears Redford will have to regain the trust of her own caucus. In the wake of Redford announcing to repay the $45,000, MLA Len Webber announced that he has left the PC party to sit as an independent and accused the premier of being a bully, prone to fits of rage and irresponsible. He has also said that there are about 20 other members considering leaving the party because of Redford’s leadership. Webber and his claims have been dismissed by Deputy Premier Dave Hancock as being “very sad.” However, it has become clear Redford’s style of leadership must change.

 

Just Posted

The City of Red Deer sits at 249 active cases of the virus, after hitting a peak of 565 active cases on Feb. 22. (Black Press file image)
Red Deer down to 119 active COVID-19 cases

Province identifies 179 new cases Saturday

Member Terry Parsons’ custom built track vehicle.
Forestburg’s Area 53 Racetrack gears up for action-packed season

Site will also host a portion of the ‘Miles of Mayhem’ event in July

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported five additional deaths Wednesday due to COVID-19. (File photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Red Deer at 169 active cases of COVID-19

Province set to move into Stage 2 of reopening Thursday

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Christian Eriksen in stable condition, Euro 2020 match resumes

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
2 sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the child welfare system takes Indigenous children from their families

Airport ground crew offload a plane carrying just under 300,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine which is developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
1st batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines won’t be released in Canada over quality concerns

The vaccines were quarantined in April before they were distributed to provinces

Grade 12 students at Wetaskiwin Composite High School took place in the annual water fight off school property on June 11, 2021. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
Graduating students in Wetaskiwin throw water fight after being told it could result in suspension

Students were told their participation could result in them being barred from graduation ceremonies.

The arrest south of Winnipeg occurred before Bernier was to arrive at a protest in the city. (Twitter/Maxime Bernier)
Maxime Bernier arrested following anti-rules rallies in Manitoba: RCMP

He’s been charged with exceeding public gathering limits and violating Manitoba’s requirement to self-isolate

Most Read