I found the Sun’s cover and story, as well as the Wildrose Party’s criticism of Stephen Carter today cheap and dirty – a vindictive smear campaign aimed at discrediting him on his first week of his new job. While Stephen Carter’s business ran into major financial trouble a few years ago, this is a story that has been published many times before. The details of his previous financial troubles are very well known. He has spoken to media about it several times and it’s definitely something he wishes didn’t happen.
But here’s the thing – unfortunately, insolvency and bankruptcy is a part of business. It’s not pleasant and nobody ever wants it to happen, but it does. In 2010, there were over 140,000 Insolvencies across Canada. So it doesn’t only happen, it happens relatively frequently. Carter’s company didn’t pay its creditors because his largest client didn’t pay him. He got stuck and had to walk away. Furthermore, Carter’s company owes the amount he got sued for, not how much he actually owed his creditors. He didn’t fight the law suits because he didn’t have the money to. It sucks, but it happens.
The Sun’s headline “Chief of Stiff” is VERY rich coming from that newspaper, since its parent company Quebecor actually went bankrupt themselves in 2008 and owed nearly $1 Billion. They filed for Bankruptcy in the US and protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act here in Canada.
Stephen Carter’s real story is of man who took some chances in his life and ran into a problem, then picked himself up and proved to the world that he is capable and worthy. I mentioned Carter’s story to one of my tenants this afternoon and his reaction is one I believe most Albertans would have. My tenant believed that the fact that Carter picked himself up so quickly and stood back up so impressively speaks volumes about his character and the job he will do for this province. Carter’s story is actually quite an impressive one. It’s the story of a man who refused to stay down. It’s the story about the Alberta way – where risk is good and where hard work and determination will eventually pay off.
I know very few people in this world who are as driven and determined, yet humble and kind as Stephen Carter. He has leadership capabilities that many dream to have and he is a brilliant strategic thinker. Some members of the Wildrose Party who have been the quickest to criticize him for their own personal gain are jealous cowards who prefer to throw grenades from the cheap seats rather than risk to be better themselves.
As a senior political staffer, Carter will have to meet with the Ethics Commissioner to discuss how this matter affects his position – I’m confident it won’t have an impact. Stephen Cater as Chief of Staff to the Premier is an excellent appointment by Premier Redford. After masterminding the campaigns behind both Mayor Nenshi and Premier Redford, the two biggest electoral upsets in Alberta’s recent history, he has proven himself more than anybody ever imagined possible.
Albertan will evaluate both Stephen Carter and Premier Redford on what they do for Alberta between now and the next election. As proven time and time again, opposition parties and media rarely get it right in this province and I’m confident Stephen Carter will prove them all wrong once more.
Stay bold my friend – and continue to make us proud!