|It kept snowing most of the day, though by 5pm it had turned to slush and then rain. Clearing night skies made for freezing temperatures and when watching the morning news reports of road carnage were streaming in. Stupid big-city drivers had caused accidents all around the city and traffic was backed up just about everywhere. I really wonder where some people have their thoughts when they get behind the wheel on a morning like today.|
Edmonton has still a solid layer of snow in the open terrain, but when I yesterday drove 15kms west of the city Spruce Grove people were gawking at the snow cover on my van. Spruce Grove had no snow at all. I really wonder how snow-laden clouds could linger over the city for so long.
It is also the day after election and media have started asking questions about how the new Alberta government is going to interact with the business world. First comments from business leaders have confirmed my expectations that big oil is going to try to blackmail this new government into making concessions to the industry. Of course, giving in to that would equal political suicide and I don’t think that the NDP will go for that.
One of the most interesting points on their agenda is the long overdue increase of minimum wages to $15/hr. Alberta would be the first province in Canada to reach out to workers, especially in the notoriously exploitive food-and hospitality industry.
If the increase in minimum wages becomes reality it will have consequences for the other provinces as well and could lead to interesting Canada-wide discussions.
It’s sure going to be an interesting year.
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