Posted on May 8, 2017

An Ode to the Oilers

Because a bet is a bet....

I stand today to pay a debt

As often requested by Strathmore-Brooks

And though not the ones of which he dreams

What I say here will balance books


Because in April’s early days

When Flames and Oilers fans both grinned

I bet the Premier that the Flames

Would be the ones to last and win


And so we watched with bated breath

As players passed and took their shots

But when the first round was laid to rest

The Oilers prevailed but we did not


Our hopes, they sputtered and went out

As our team lost in four straight games

Now our golf courses call 9-1-1

To report they’re overrun with Flames


And so I stand here to confess

Before the Speaker and the Queen

That Alberta’s greatest honours belong

To the Oilers in twenty-seventeen.


And for sports fan aching for a fix

Of top-notch sport and playing sublime

The Oilers alone can scratch that itch

The right team, in the right place, at the right time.


And to my colleagues in this House,

I raise my voice and clearly state,

As Minister of Finance and the Treasury Board,

That beer is good, but the Oilers are great.