Hundreds of sheriffs to be precise.
That "illegal" Alberta prison guards' strike seems to be picking up momentum, in spite of the protestations of Deputy Premier Lukaszuk that the only reason for the strike is that workers are intimidated by their unions.
Since she won her last election Alberta Premier Alison Redford has done quite a right-turn. Word is that at least a dozen of her MLA's are blackmailing her with threats to jump to the further right Wild Rose Party if she doesn't cave to their demands.
That would explain quite a bit, and it would go a long way to explaining this completely unnecessary confrontation with Alberta's public workers.