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Premier Jason Kenney calls federal Throne Speech a “fantasy plan”

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Premier Jason Kenney holding nothing back on his feelings about the federal government’s Throne Speech, saying Thursday (Sept. 24) it will make Canada poorer and weaken national unity.

Kenney is extremely critical of the Liberals blueprint. He says not one word was mentioned about Alberta’s energy sector or western alienation.

“In a 6,783 word Throne Speech, not one word recognized the crisis facing Canada’s largest industry – the energy sector that supports 800,000 jobs, directly and indirectly,” stressed Kenney. “Instead, we got a litany of policies that would strangle investment and jeopardize resource jobs when we most need the industry that generates 20% of government revenues in Canada.”

The premier says this speech reflected a total lack of understanding about the economic crisis we are living right now as a country as he continued to hammer away at Wednesday’s Throne Speech.

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“It was fantasy plan for a mythical country that only exists, apparently in the minds of Ottawa liberals and like-minded Laurentian elites that forgets about the regions and the resource workers who have been the motor of Canadian prosperity in recent decades,” said the Premier Thursday morning.

Kenney says Alberta has never asked for a handout. Instead, the province is merely asking for the federal government to support Alberta in the same way it’s supported Canada for generations.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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