Wednesday, June 1, 2016
The 850 Thousand Dollar Wonder Child!
June Ist, MMXVI
Hon. Dave Eggen, B. Ed, MLA, Minister of Education, New Democratic, Edmonton-Calder
What can be said about the 850 Thousand Dollar Wonder Child the Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, PC, MP, Minister Of Infrastucture & Communities , Liberal, Edmonton-Millwoods? Not much really. He was a terrible City Councillor & has turned out to be an even worse MP & member of Her Majesty's Government in Ottawa. A billion plus wasted on an LRT that doesn't work worth a damn & probably 400-600 million more to fix the Northern Alberta Institute Of Technology (NAIT) LRT extension line. Plus, Amarjeet clearly stole the election from former Conservative MP Tim Uppal who was much more effective. Amarjeet being a bus driver by vocation knew that the LRT in Edmonton that no one rides but the corporate elitists & City officials who fraudulently inflate the ridership numbers to squeeze more tax dollars out of a citizenry that is broke should have been built underground in a city that is covered in snow & ice 6-8 months a year, yet still went ahead & helped the councils of Mayors Mandel & Iveson build it all above ground. Why? Because then Edmonton City Council could have an excuse to raise taxes even more just so he could rip it up again so it would be built above or below ground by Kingsway Garden Mall & NAIT & come in years behind schedule. Plus charge NAIT students for the use of it for three years before it was finished and it hasn't even worked at full capacity for a single day. Some infrastructure genius! And we are still paying for it with the incompetent dolts & Edmonton Planning & the overpaid & inept new City Manager Linda Cochrane who has a team of 12 yegified yeg staffers just to help show her the way to the nearest Tim Hortons.
As I have stated here at Executive Dissertations before & in copious letters & emails to the Prime Minister, it was Randy Boissonnault, MP, Liberal, Edmonton-Centre who should have been put in cabinet & not Amarjeet. Randy is a Rhodes Scholar, got proven innocent of all charges in the Michael Ritter scandal involving finances. He has been straight with the public & voters & has turned into a remarkable MP & a great role model as a gay MP for the LGBTQ community. I am frankly proud to have him as my MP & believe Randy should be put into the cabinet to replace Amarjeet immediately who clearly needs a timeout with his extreme lack of ethics over "furnituregate." People should read the unbelievably excellent article in "Avenue Edmonton Magazine" on Randy about his personal & political journey to get where he's at, its a remarkable life story & was suggested to me by Rev. William Wade Izzard of the Universal Life Church Canada, Aboriginal Youth Outreach Program his good friend! Plus it is a magazine owned & published by Mr. Orville Chubb, a rather remarkable publishing talent in his own right who makes forthright decisions for children currently on the Edmonton Public School Board as a Trustee!
I ran to replace Amarjeet as one of the 32 candidates in the Ward XII (12) Byelection that Amarjeet stuck taxpayers with a $500,000.00 bill for. Plus he got $350,000.00 for his very poor years of service as a rather poor Council member who many constituents at the doors told me he was very bad at getting back to them, most of the time not at all. This is why I cannot figure out why his council colleagues & City Of Edmonton officials like him as he's a terrible MP & person who does nothing to contribute to the betterment of government at any level. I don't know why he didn't spend those funds instead if he really believed in transparency!
In a gesture of goodwill, I offered up Amarjeet through his Campaign staff free use of surplus office furniture from our family's furniture store that we used to own for his Ottawa office. All he would have to do is pay to ship it to Ottawa & he turned me down flat. Man this guy has no respect for the public purse!