Wednesday , June 23 2021

Bell: Trudo, Notley and Nenshi, and then we are told at the end of the party

We are distanced from McDougall's center, Prime Minister Notley's premier office in Alberta, and the Kautun Kremlin city home, where your property taxes go to bed. But it feels like a sunny system away.

You know we are in trouble when in the statement there are words dark and gloomy in the title, in bold print so you can not miss it.

You know that we are in trouble when we have a threefold circus run by Trudo, Notley and Nenshi.

With all of this as our sad state, reporters come to see Trevor Tombo, an economist who has stepped back from work, and claims that he does not elect political parties.

Tombe is the one who works with the numbers and gives us the right of all those Olympic bonus for the Games to be able to turn the economy into Calgary.

The man is not in the business of the reaction of the sugar-clad only so that we can feel warm and cuddly as we head for a brick wall.

His point was made like a stroke on the gut. The party is over.

"The best time to get off the roller coaster is when it's at the bottom," says Tombe.

And the roller coaster of Alberta is pretty close to the bottom. The oilpatch can not pay for a party of great expenses as it has in the past. The price of oil is in the toilet. You can pretend for some time, but not forever.

We are distanced from McDougall's center, Prime Minister Notley's premier office in Alberta, and the Kautun Kremlin city home, where your property taxes go to bed.

But it feels like a sunny system away.

The political establishment shows that they think that the choice is not difficult because they refuse to make difficult choices.

Tombe tells us once again how plans for balancing Alberta's books in 2023 "do not require a huge tremendous effort."

But even if the province's books are not balanced in 2023, if no more is done, the red ink will return, the dragon's deficit will rise again.

Spending will exceed the fine that comes into the public treasury. The challenge will be greater than the one we are facing today.

The economist says politicians are quick fixes, but there are no quick fixes. The longer the delay in deciding what to do, the greater the pain when something needs to be done.

Do taxes have to go up? If not, spending must go down. Or some combination.

You could pray for another boom, but God may have been busy.

Those in power do not want to talk about the difficult choices, because that's the truth and the truth hurts.

There are political costs.

Prime Minister Rachel Notley downplayed Tombe's report.

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On Tuesday, Notley responds to Tombe's report that it is full of numbers and enough algebra to give the teacher of mathematics to high school headache.

"The academics are doing what they do. Economists do what they do and that's great," said the prime minister.

"Every day, I think it's fair to say that very few of us can point to an economist who is continually successful and predicts what will happen six months along the way."

Notebooks say that Alberta did not recover, but recovering and "it's not a straight line".

She says that we "are facing pretty stiff winds right now."

That's one way to put it.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau comes to Calgary this week.


Meanwhile, Trudeau comes to Calgary on Thursday and what the prime minister could tell us, apart from the usual warm, empty calories.

He was supposed to do so much for us the Albertians who pay a carbon tax, but smart people knew that he was not on our side all the time.

In fact, he was on the other side. Against us.

City Hall, with the exception of councilors Jerome Farkas and Sean Chu, wants to play a knife because he wants to spend other people and you do not know what to get a real pair of scissors.

So much government spending so long, which was much higher than dough than elsewhere.

"We enjoyed that luxury because of the easy money of copyright. We need to change the way we think about the new reality," said Tombe.

"How do we fill the gap that leaves the low oil charge, it's a tough conversation."

Some people, including many politicians who manage to survive and advance without a spine, will insist that Tombe says it simply can not be true.

Tombe replies: "It's not just me to come up with numbers."

Pretty grim and gloomy for a day.

The professor is asked the last question. Can People Cope With The Truth?

"I think so," he says.

"It just requires the government to choose to do so."

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