Usually guests in the Alberta legislature get a friendly, if not always sincere, welcome. Not yesterday.
All pretense of civility vanished as the Wildrose party mocked and ridiculed Kathleen Wynne while the Ontario premier watched from the gallery.
When Wynne was introduce to the house, some Wildrose members, including leader Brian Jean, declined to stand to officially welcome her.
Later, during Question Period, Wildrose finance critic Derek Fildebrandt described Wynne’s Ontario as a failed, financial mess that Alberta dare not emulate.
“Currently, Ontario has the largest, sub-national sovereign debt on the planet. They’re now even receiving equalization payments. It’s an example of what happens when a government fails to get its spending under control.”
Unamused, Premier Rachel Notley stood and, indicating the Wildrose benches, said regardless of political stripe, people need to display basic respect.
“Just today, we have had demonstrated to all Albertans very clearly why these folks over there are simply not ready to govern.”
Government House leader Brian Mason later tweeted that he was appalled.
— Brian Mason (@bmasonNDP) May 27, 2016
Wynne continues her Alberta visit today with a speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and a meeting with Mayor Naheed Nenshi.