Can Ed Stelmach's Conservative government really be so vindictive they'd go after a high-profile critic's medical license?
That kind of thing was being said in Alberta last week by people who didn't appear to be joking.
The province is in enough of an uproar over the government's spectacular mishandling of the health care file that plenty of Albertans are inclined to believe it. You can't go into a restaurant, a hair salon or a Tim Horton's in Alberta these days without hearing things like this said aloud by ordinary folks for whom politics and health care policy are normally a foreign country.
Even a week ago, most people who noticed would have said impossible. After all, nobody's that dumb!