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A day Taiter: Jason Kenney – Edmonton Sun – by Cam Tait

For the past number of years, politicians have opted — easy word selection there since we will be discussing optics — to have people standing behind them at big announcements. I’m certain you know what I mean.

If you are announcing an oil sector cash infusion we see oilfield workers in their orange vests. Safety first, of course.

Agriculture? Fire up a tractor or two. Maybe even a combine. Then, round up some of true Alberta heroes — our provincial farmers — and have them around the machinery.

Or, maybe you could even sit in a cab.

And education? We’ve seen politicians crouch down at low tables in kindergarten classes so they can participate in class activities.

It makes great pictures. It also shines up one’s image.

But — and, please correct me if I am wrong — the same process isn’t used when rough and uncomfortable news needs to be delivered.

I have recently noticed announcements which could very well conjure up backlash come out in a press release sent out on Friday afternoons when some journalists — sorry, boss — sneak out to get a head-start on the weekend.

Dear me. Nobody in the office. I guess such a press release this late will not see the light of day.

Yet, in the newspaper business, our mission is — and always will be — to give both sides of a story.

Your government has made changes to the Assured Income to the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program and have changed deposit dates of the cheques.

There are many hardships.

I know sticking to a set routine is so very important for Albertans with developmental disabilities. Changing dates are surely troublesome and challenging.

I have heard from many parents with young kids with disabilities who have had their funding, all of a sudden, disappear.

They are heartbroken and devastated. The one rope they hang on to — hope itself — just shrank.

We never see people in those types of situation behind a politician.

We never see their fearful faces. We never see just how distraught they are.

We never hear their cries for fundamental help, nor hear their raw confusion of how they are going to climb an already slippery slope.

Oh, we know why you never see that, don’t we?

It’s all about image.

It’s about projecting happy, grateful Albertans..

But we must see and hear how some Albertans are hurting.

We cannot look away.

And neither can you, Jason Kenney.
For the past number of years, politicians have opted — easy word selection there since we will be discussing optics — to have people standing behind them at big announcements. I’m certain you know what I mean.

If you are announcing an oil sector cash infusion we see oilfield workers in their orange vests. Safety first, of course.

Agriculture? Fire up a tractor or two. Maybe even a combine. Then, round up some of true Alberta heroes — our provincial farmers — and have them around the machinery.

Or, maybe you could even sit in a cab.

And education? We’ve seen politicians crouch down at low tables in kindergarten classes so they can participate in class activities.

It makes great pictures. It also shines up one’s image.

But — and, please correct me if I am wrong — the same process isn’t used when rough and uncomfortable news needs to be delivered.

I have recently noticed announcements which could very well conjure up backlash come out in a press release sent out on Friday afternoons when some journalists — sorry, boss — sneak out to get a head-start on the weekend.

Dear me. Nobody in the office. I guess such a press release this late will not see the light of day.

Yet, in the newspaper business, our mission is — and always will be — to give both sides of a story.

Your government has made changes to the Assured Income to the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program and have changed deposit dates of the cheques.

There are many hardships.

I know sticking to a set routine is so very important for Albertans with developmental disabilities. Changing dates are surely troublesome and challenging.

I have heard from many parents with young kids with disabilities who have had their funding, all of a sudden, disappear.

They are heartbroken and devastated. The one rope they hang on to — hope itself — just shrank.

We never see people in those types of situation behind a politician.

We never see their fearful faces. We never see just how distraught they are.

We never hear their cries for fundamental help, nor hear their raw confusion of how they are going to climb an already slippery slope.

Oh, we know why you never see that, don’t we?

It’s all about image.

It’s about projecting happy, grateful Albertans..

But we must see and hear how some Albertans are hurting.

We cannot look away.

And neither can you, Jason Kenney.
For the past number of years, politicians have opted — easy word selection there since we will be discussing optics — to have people standing behind them at big announcements. I’m certain you know what I mean.

If you are announcing an oil sector cash infusion we see oilfield workers in their orange vests. Safety first, of course.

Agriculture? Fire up a tractor or two. Maybe even a combine. Then, round up some of true Alberta heroes — our provincial farmers — and have them around the machinery.

Or, maybe you could even sit in a cab.

And education? We’ve seen politicians crouch down at low tables in kindergarten classes so they can participate in class activities.

It makes great pictures. It also shines up one’s image.

But — and, please correct me if I am wrong — the same process isn’t used when rough and uncomfortable news needs to be delivered.

I have recently noticed announcements which could very well conjure up backlash come out in a press release sent out on Friday afternoons when some journalists — sorry, boss — sneak out to get a head-start on the weekend.

Dear me. Nobody in the office. I guess such a press release this late will not see the light of day.

Yet, in the newspaper business, our mission is — and always will be — to give both sides of a story.

Your government has made changes to the Assured Income to the Severely Handicapped (AISH) program and have changed deposit dates of the cheques.

There are many hardships.

I know sticking to a set routine is so very important for Albertans with developmental disabilities. Changing dates are surely troublesome and challenging.

I have heard from many parents with young kids with disabilities who have had their funding, all of a sudden, disappear.

They are heartbroken and devastated. The one rope they hang on to — hope itself — just shrank.

We never see people in those types of situation behind a politician.

We never see their fearful faces. We never see just how distraught they are.

We never hear their cries for fundamental help, nor hear their raw confusion of how they are going to climb an already slippery slope.

Oh, we know why you never see that, don’t we?

It’s all about image.

It’s about projecting happy, grateful Albertans..

But we must see and hear how some Albertans are hurting.

We cannot look away.

And neither can you, Jason Kenney.

It’s all about image.
It’s about projecting happy, grateful Albertans..
But we must see and hear how some Albertans are hurting.
We cannot look away.
And neither can you, Jason Kenney

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