These days, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney must feel like he’s trapped in a multi-dimensional vise, being squeezed from all possible directions.
He’s under pressure from a flailing economy, the miserable price of oil, a $24-billion deficit, frustrated voters, environmental groups, public sector unions, the Joe Biden campaign, and, of course, the NDP opposition. He’s even facing internal strain from his own United Conservative Party members.
Not helping matters is the fact that Kenney is himself responsible for many of these pressures.
Not the pandemic, of course. That’s an equal-opportunity vise that’s put the squeeze on politicians around the world.