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The Delightful Cluelessness of Naheed Nenshi

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Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi must have seen Alison Redford's resignation as Premier coming... or perhaps he didn't. Addressing the media on the subject of Redford's resignation, he looked truly stunned.

And stunned he should be.

Nenshi seemed to be doing everything he could to avoid examining the political trouble Redford landed herself in on the merits of it, singing Redford's praises and blaming "partisanship" for her political downfall.

If Nenshi really thinks partisanship is the cause of Redford's downfall he's more clueless than anyone would have previously given him credit for. No one on the opposition side of the aisle forced Alison Redford to use government aircraft for what was effectively her own personal use. No one on the opposition side of the aisle forced Redford to blatantly violate government policy in the process. No one on the opposition side of the aisle forced Redford to fly home from South Africa in the lap of luxury and bill the taxpayer for it.

No one on the opposition side of the aisle forced Redford to budget deficit after deficit, then try to write the most recent one off as a surplus.

And it certainly wasn't the opposition side of the aisle that managed to turn Alberta politics so utterly toxic over the past few weeks. Alison Redford's lackeys and hangers-on flinging widespread accusations of sexism at anyone who dared to criticize her misuse of government resources was far from one of Alberta's finest political moments.

Redford's failings are Redford's own. For Naheed Nenshi to try to cast the blame for them anywhere else but on Alison Redford is the height of foolishness.



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