Well it was bound to happen.
For as much as I disagree with my buddy Dave, he's been enjoying a streak of relatively rational arguments for his cause. Sadly, it came to an end today with his rant about a massive funding announcement for the University of Alberta.
I suppose it should have been expected that his left-wing academic zeal would get the best of him.
His post today dismisses the major announcement by the Premier and refuses to highlight some of the expenditures at the U of A. Allow me:
-$33.8 million for the Faculty of Pharmacy.
-$55.4 million for other Health and Science research facilities.
-$16.4 million in upgrades to Hub Mall and the Tory Building.
Now the title and recurrent message in Dave's post is "they didn't have a plan". Close to $90 million for Pharmacy, Health and Science sounds to me like a pretty proactive investment in those who will be taking care of an aging population to me. But I digress...
One of the first questions that popped into my mind was whether or not this was a sign of things to come from the Liberals during the election. Are they planning to run on a theme of "they didn't have a plan"?
If so, it seems awfully foolish.
Kevin Taft and his crew maybe don't realize that they're not running against Ralph Klein this time. They had that shot and got their clocks thoroughly cleaned. Running against Ralph's record might be a winning strategy if he had left office as a spectacularily unpopular Premier, but that's not the case.
And the whole "they didn't have a plan" schtick won't be terribly effective, either, given some of the announcements we're seeing of late.
Even though the never-satisfied campus rebels rail against it, we're seeing action on post-secondary education.
Even though Taft prefers his collection of band-aid half measures to address the problem, we're seeing action on housing and homelessness.
Even though the left are ramping up their campaign of gross misinformation, we're seeing action on greenhouse gases and climate change.
Kevin Taft and the Liberals may choose to spend the campaign whining about how the previous government didn't have a plan or claiming that the current government doesn't. Go ahead, I say.
Because if we get to spend the campaign correcting empty rhetoric and pointing out we're doing on behalf of Albertans, I very much like our chances.