In the past five years, 55 people have died on Highway 63. It is a fact. It is not a commentary that was created for political gain.But somebody hasn't told Alison Redford's Communications office that.
I'm not one to support the Wildrose regularly, but when they called for increased enforcement on Highway 63, I didn't argue because it is in fact a need.
Then Redford's Communications office tweets that Minister of Justice Jonathan Denis stated that the Wildrose wanted a reduction in enforcement.
Come on, Redford, I know when someone's pissing on my boots and calling it a rainstorm.
They justify the claim by saying that the Wildrose wanted less than what the PCs put together. Shayne Saskiw co-authored a report a few days ago recommending AT LEAST 8 officers get placed on the death-stretch. Denis was happy to announce 16 new officers, and said that 8 was a reduction from what the PCs put in place.
I don't know what kind of math the PCs are running, but a Kindergarten student could explain to them that a minimum is not a maximum, 8 is still more than 0, and is not a reduction.
No wonder Raj called it a "fudge-it budget".
But what Denis doesn't realize is that he has just played politics with 55 people's lives. 55 people have died. 19 kilometres of highway have been twinned in an effort to stop this slaughter. And the PCs are comparing the size of their ... commitment.
The last time a political official in Alberta tried to use the lives of others for political gain, the backlash was swift. Just ask Danielle Smith, and her suggestion to "let them eat tainted meat", as it were.
Enough of the gamesmanship. Unless the PCs get their priorities straight, we run the risk of having another 55 people die in the time they've committed to.
Stop using these peoples' lives as a way of trying to gain political points. You're already in office.