When Rachel Notley was elected Premier of Alberta I thought it was a shining moment for that province.
I thought she would be able to make Alberta more than a one-party petrostate, the land of the Con zombies, and the home of the Harperites.
And would finally end its reputation as a haven for religious bigots and violent rednecks.
But sadly that shining picture has darkened, and now some of those rednecks are threatening to assassinate her.
Numerous Albertans upset over the NDP government's passage of controversial farm-safety legislation have been openly talking online about assassinating Premier Rachel Notley — and the head of the official opposition says it needs to stop.
His comments came in response to numerous Facebook messages posted publicly on Thursday by people apparently upset by the government's approval of Bill 6, which extends occupational health and safety rules and workers compensation coverage to paid farm workers in the province.
And while Brian Jean's call for restraint is all well and good.
Him and his Wildrose party must share the blame for stirring up emotions, and making people believe that Bill 6 threatens family farms.
When in fact it doesn't.
And as Don Braid points out, it was just bullying, threats, raw emotion, and bad behaviour.
Wildrose MLA Glenn van Dijken from Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock almost came to tears as he described how neighbours swarmed his farm to help after he broke his pelvis. He’s bitterly opposed to Bill 6, partly because he thinks it could destroy that farm spirit.
And he seems to believe that even though the safety legislation now exempts farm kids, helpful neighbours and, in fact, anyone who does farm work without a wage.
And of course it doesn't help when messages like these:
Are reinforced by cartoons like this one in the MSM...
Which makes it only clear that what's really happening in Alberta, is a right-wing attempt to bring down the Notley government by whatever means necessary.
But what all Canadians should also be concerned about is how the violent rednecks of this country are coming out of the woodwork.
Ever since since Stephen Harper unleashed the demons of bigotry and extremism
with his Great War on the Niqab...
And as Naheed Nenshi, the mayor of Calgary, has pointed out, encouraged extremists to believe that it was now OK to express their hate openly.
So now anti-Muslim bigotry is everywhere. The CBC has had to close down some of its comment pages to block the hatred directed at indigenous Canadians.
Ezra Levant's hate mongering machine is working overtime.
And in Alberta some rednecks now seem to believe it's OK to threaten to kill the premier and other politicians.
Those politicians on their hate list also include Justin Trudeau, who is also the target of vile and threatening comments.
And enough is enough.
We need to do more to crack down on those Cons before their hatred poisons us like it is poisoning the Americans...
And as the political organizer Stephen Carter suggests this would be a good way to start:
Uttering threats is a criminal offense. We need to find these people, charge them and put them in jail. #ableg https://t.co/Oc67wTCfD8
— Stephen Carter (@carter_AB) December 11, 2015
Before somebody really does get killed.
Arrest them, bust them, shame them, jail them.
Bury those violent extremists in the same grave as the Con regime...
Before the insanity spreads.
Before Harper's foul legacy comes back to haunt us.
And turns this country into a living nightmare...
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