Alberta's environment minister may have bitten off more than she can chew with a recent tweet urging Albertans to eat less meat.
Drumheller-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman just about fell out of his chair when he heard the news.
"For our environment minister to be making comments alluding to eating less meat, and then other people chiming in about the potentiality of a tax on meat, my old compatriot, Heather Forsythe, used the word gobsmacked," he told 99.5 Drum FM.
Strankman lives about 50 kilometres from Consort, home to singer k.d. lang (sic), who created a stir in 1990 by supporting a PETA campaign against meat.
"It's not that Albertans are arrogant or self inflationary," he argued. "It's just who we are, it's what we do and the heritage that goes with that."
"I had my own problems with Twitter, but we took it down immediately" confessed Strankman, after his account called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a 'gutless puke' last July. "In this case, there's a disconnect, in capital letters, between the government and Albertans."
Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, whose grandfather raised beef, claimed the tweet to eat less meat was posted by a staffer and promised it won't happen again.