Alberta premier's choice of hoodie stirs up online controversy during Grey Cup

Nov 25 2019, 9:02 am

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s choice of outfit became a hot topic during the 107th Grey Cup.

Hosted by Calgary, the game saw the premier introduced prior to the coin flip, who could be seen wearing a black “I Love (Canadian) Oil and Gas” hoodie.

The crowd at McMahon Stadium can be heard seemingly “booing” the premier during his official introduction, and many online are stating that the message he was displaying across his chest was the cause.

A few called out the premier for politicizing the Grey Cup, as they saw it, while others were supportive of the pro-pipeline display.

Much of the criticism was fueled by the recent cuts that were included in Alberta’s 2019 Budget, which will see a 7.7% reduction to the public sector by 2022, a 2% wage reduction for public sector workers, a complete freeze on education spending, and a cancellation of Calgary’s plans to host the X Games in 2020.

Kenney was also seen wearing (and not wearing) the hoodie earlier in the day when meeting with Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers won the 2019 Grey Cup by a score of 33-12 over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday.