The hashtag #PrenticeBlamesAlbertans has become one of the most popular on Twitter and features a torrent of sarcasm, memes and outrage.
"Jeeuum.... What are yew dewwing hyere?! The bleame gyame?! Whateveah!March 5, 2015
It's a long way from "sorry we made mistakes " to #PrenticeBlamesAlbertans
Incredible!! -Dan pic.twitter.com/3J4v3fGoot— Country 105 (@Country105_FM) March 5, 2015
Albertans can even buy a t-shirt:
In many tweets, Albertans sarcastically blame themselves for everything from the demise of the dinosaurs to the blown play call that cost the Seattle Seahawks the Super Bowl.
It was bound to happen. Look in the mirror tshirts are now avail. #PrenticeBlamesAlbertansMarch 5, 2015
Others say Prentice is right on, given that Albertans have voted to keep the Progressive Conservative party in power for more than 40 years.
He says there will be "pain" for everyone, but says corporate taxes and oil royalties will be off limits.