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What's the beef with meat and nudity? Busybodies!

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What do eating beef and nude swimming have in common?

On second thought, don’t answer that question out loud. You’re likely thinking of something funny (ha, ha), rather than funny (infuriating), and if you are, you’re not on my track.

The one thing gnawing on a steak and wearing your birthday suit to a pool party have in common is the galling tendency of sanctimonious people on both sides of the political spectrum, but mostly on the left, to constantly try to stop other people from doing what they want to do with their lives, time and resources.

Let’s start with beef eating. A lot of Albertans had a cow (a common ’80s expression of outrage) when Alberta’s environment minister, Shannon Phillips, sent out a tweet that ranchers and farmers view as an attack on their livelihoods by a minister of the Crown.

“Need a resolution?” asked Phillips, referring to a local group’s 30-day environmental challenge. “Use reusable shopping bags, take shorter showers, unplug electronics devices, eliminate vehicle idling and eat less meat.”

United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney responded to Phillips, who is the NDP MLA for Lethbridge-West, by tweeting: “As someone who supports Alberta’s farmers and ranchers — and enjoys a good steak from time to time — I will not be taking the NDP’s advice.”

Twitter blew up, Phillips’ tweet made the news and some of those weighing in asked what many Albertans should ponder often: Is there any other provincial government in Canada that has staff and elected members in their ranks who actively oppose their own province’s main industries?

Is there anyone in even the incompetent provincial Liberal government in Ontario, for instance, who is opposed to the carbon-intensive auto sector? Of course not.

For years, members of the NDP have slammed the energy industry........

© Calgary Herald