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Why are taxpayers on the hook for a highly partisan report on the Alberta government’s handling of the pandemic? It was obvious when they hired an old political hack, Preston Manning, that the fix was in.
Preston had already written a fictional report dated June 2022, called “Report of the COVID Commission,” for the conservative Frontier Centre for Public Policy. It was a self-serving report which, in my opinion, was a piece of junk.
So now we have his “official report” and it’s more of the same. If the UCP had a grain of integrity, they would acknowledge it is simply a partisan position paper for use by the UCP. Accordingly, the UCP should pick up the entire cost of the report. Stop wasting taxpayer money.
John Campbell, Edmonton
Taxpayer-funded findings used for politics
Albertans paid for the COVID response study to a very partisan man to make $250,000. There were a few reasonable ideas and many non-rational ideas like supporting “alternative” treatments instead of those based in science. But worse than that, it is now being used to “weaponize” Alberta’s response to Canadian politics. At what point did Albertans want to fight more than they want thoughtful discourse and collaboration and co-operation?
We just celebrated Remembrance Day where our grandparents and uncles put their lives on the line for Canada. Now there are those amongst us who believe the enemy is Canada? We will not have a better society with this mentality.
The premier incorrectly thinks it is fine to share the report because it came from a private email. Weaponizing a taxpayer-funded, very partisan report is simply appalling and all Albertans should be concerned.
The report is not strong, the process of sharing it by Manning is wrong and the purpose for sharing it is abhorrent. Perhaps the Tucker Carlson stunt is more of the same — getting press on that which is offensive to tolerant, fair and law-abiding Albertans.
Dawn Friesen, Edmonton
COVID review waste of tax money
I’m appalled that Mr. Manning shared what was supposedly a non-partisan report. The Alberta taxpayers paid for this report. The Alberta taxpayers paid his wages. If the federal Conservative Party wants to read this report then let them do the work to look it up. If the Conservative Party wants to do their own “non-partisan” report, let them.
Mr. Manning should return his wage to Albertans, seeing he believes he was working for Canada. Maybe the rumours are true that like the provincial UCP, the federal Conservatives are also being run by the Take Back Alberta movement. Albertans should be ashamed of this report and waste of taxpayer money.
B.L. McGhee, Edmonton
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