Jason Kenney's office scripted op-ed and speaking notes for head of 'expert panel' on Alberta's finances - 2020-01-30
It turns out Janice MacKinnon's six-member "expert panel" was using a script cooked up in Premier Jason Kenney's office at least part of the time it was supposedly taking its "deep dive" into Alberta's books last year.
Alert readers will recall that when freshly elected United Conservative Party Premier Jason Kenney announced the creation of the so-called "blue ribbon panel" on Alberta's finances back on May 7, 2019, he gave it the mandate of getting the province's books back into the black in less than three years without raising existing taxes or introducing new ones.
As was observed in this space at the time, Kenney's promises on the campaign trail notwithstanding, there was only one way to do that, and it wasn't going to be pretty. Albertans are starting to understand that reality now.