For a change of pace, Albertans elected the social-democratic NDP to a majority in Alberta. In so doing, they made a career asshole have sad feels. Never mind that Jim Prentice, fleshsack at large called the election a year ahead of his own law, was condescending and rude throughout the election campaign, and offered no real apology for his super-austerity budget (which maintained low corporate tax rates that didn’t make any sense). Amazingly, English Canadians actually saw through the insults, the fear-mongering stupidity, the media reports claiming that 12% survey differences meant “a three-horse race”, and the entitlement that Alberta’s PCs were all about. For once, Canada’s business community lost an election. Despite Ontario-owned newspapers desperately trying to con people into voting Jimbo, despite money-grubbing executives playing Scrooge and threatening to cancel charity donations if the NDP makes it, despite the teary-eyed whimpers of the sick, sniveling, degenerate lot of failures that is Canada’s business elite, Alberta saw sense.
So what do you do after you crater a political dynasty? Certainly, there is little wrong with resigning as leader of the party. After all, Prentice “led” the party to a token status akin to the non-place that the federal Liberals have. It would also be reasonable to say that this is your last election, that you’re going to ride out the next four years and then not stand for re-election. Sort of a pre-tirement announcement, as it were. Gotta start claiming that massive pension somehow.
But the truly graceless action is to resign as a member of the legislature, forcing a byelection because the voters hurt your feelings and didn’t give you the government you wanted. After being a bully, a pompous ass, and exactly the type of person you would expect to jump from a senior executive position at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce to Premier of a province and just assume that people love him, Prentice’s feels are hurt.
And just look at this non-pology:
“I feel the weight of responsibility of Alberta, in the circumstances that we’re in which nobody expected. No one expected that oil prices to collapse,” he said.
“No one expected that we would lose close to 50,000 permanent jobs in this province in the last three months. Nobody expected we’d see a $7-billion crater open up in our public finances because of the collapse in oil prices.”
Now there’s the point right there. Nobody expected a collapse in oil prices? Are you mad? Alberta’s royalties from the tar sands are literally payable in buckets of sludgey sand; what more, your government has let billions in royalties go unpaid to “attract investment”. And you’re telling me that you couldn’t see this coming? Perhaps taking royalties in cash would have been a better idea? Hard to patch that $7-billion crater with sand, Jim.
Handing out money to business interests without thinking about the potential consequences? Non-planning by Canadian political elites whose business connections never really left their phone’s speed-dial list? Whinging non-pology ignoring the above two problems, problems which swamped the province and the politician? Huffily forcing a riding to have another election months after this one because your feels can’t handle the consequences of being a dink?
Sounds like a true English-Canadian leader.