The Alberta Federation of Labour, the AFL, the self-styled voice of the working class, throws its boycott boomerang and it comes right back, hitting them square in the kisser.
We get it. Those on the Alberta taxpayer payroll want to fight pay freezes and pay cuts. They’ve had a good ride. They want to keep it going.
They are far removed from the other world, commonly known as the real world, where life is often tougher, often much tougher.
They no doubt believe they are hard done by or they don’t care how the other half lives.
They see those on the other side as the enemy to be destroyed and it’s gloves off and no holds barred and the ends justify the means in what amounts to an attitude of total war.
So it likely seems so natural to the AFL to launch a boycott of businesses who gave to groups in line with Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives, the UCP.
They put up a website and an interactive map. Those on the hit list include car and truck dealers, homebuilders, the front line of the oilpatch.
It seems so crazy. Businesses are struggling, so many of them fighting for their lives. Many are in the ditch or can see it from where they stand.
These businesses employ working stiffs and the jobs of those workers and the money they earn to pay the bills hang in the balance.
Do they actually expect to make life so miserable for the companies on the hit list, the UCP will be forced to cave to the unions?
Shane Wenzel is on the hit list as an individual and with Shane Homes where he is the company president. In this boycott, he is an enemy of the people.
There are 82 people on his company’s payroll and roughly 1,000 others employed by various trades and suppliers.
They could be indirectly affected by the boycott. As are the various charities the company supports.
Apparently, Wenzel’s great sin is believing the NDP wasn’t good for Alberta and thinking the UCP would provide better government than the NDP.
By the way, the one place Wenzel once boycotted was Earls when they weren’t buying Alberta beef.
“There’s always going to be some people that follow it. But there are going to be lots of people who just sit there and say: Thank you for the list of businesses I should support.”
“No, no. This is as bad as Hollywood or sports stars telling us who to support in any election. I don’t care what they think. I was brought up to believe in critical thinking and that’s exactly what I do,” says Wenzel.
“In this case, I’m looking at what’s best for my business and all the people I have to keep busy.”
“I think it’s cheap to build a website to shame businesses who don’t share their political beliefs.”
For Premier Jason Kenney, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel taking on this bogus brainwave. This day, he doesn’t even break a sweat.
“Right now businesses in this province need an expression of confidence. They don’t need to be attacked,” says Kenney.
“Everyone has the right to express their views and most businesses and most business groups support free enterprise policies.”
“I would ask Ms. Notley to call off the NDP anger machine, respect differences of opinion in this democracy. Stop the bully tactics,” says Kenney.
Notley has more than enough chances to denounce the stunt and distance herself from her pals on this one.
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