Can Jason Kenney pass the UCP budget, prorogue the legislature, and get out of town before COVID-19 really hits the fan? - 2020-03-16
On Friday, as we know thanks to the Toronto Star, Kenney was begging Opposition Leader Rachel Notley to be a good sport and help him fast-track passage of the budget, supposedly so everyone could concentrate on the fight against the novel coronavirus that's wreaking havoc on the world economy and the health of tens of thousands of people on every continent except Antarctica.
Thanks to the double whammy delivered by COVID-19 and the oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia that at almost the same moment sent petroleum prices plunging, quite possibly for a very long time, Finance Minister Travis Toews's budget was way past its best-before date almost the instant he read it in the legislature on February 27.
Moreover, recent polling strongly suggests the UCP's honeymoon with Alberta voters is over, and a big fight in the legislature over the idea of health care budget cuts with the coronavirus bearing down on Alberta like a freight train probably isn't on Kenney's list of fun ways to spend a week. With travel to the United States out, it might even be enough to push the guy into 14 days of self-isolation.