Friday, July 28, 2017

-So it’s no given that Alberta’s United Conservatives will manage to reclaim all the best offices at the legislature in Edmonton come 2019.---- Though jarring, among the faithful it’s been assumed Notley is only a blip, and the province will sooner or later return to its conservative ways. It’s a reasonable enough assumption, given the history and character of the province. But politics isn’t rock ‘n roll, where fractured bands can reunite for a new life playing old hits. Mostly, in politics, when you’re done you’re done: Social Credit, the Reform party, United Farmers of Canada, Bloc Québécois (which may not accept it’s dead yet, although the corpse has started to smell). Stephen Harper’s success in crafting the Conservative Party of Canada out of the bits and pieces of Reform, the Alliance and the moribund PCs is the exception that stands out, and even after nine years in power there were doubters that it would survive.-----------

This is a very good question. What if the folks don't vote for the united party?
I am not going to vote for it.
I was going to vote for the Wildrose Party but there is no way I will vote for any party that has the Ebola Party in it.
So where do I park my vote?
The Alberta Party has only one member but so what? It's not a middle of the road party but so what? The political party is shaped by voters and eventually it may morph into a middle of the road party.
For right now the Alberta Party seems to be the only party that is worth voting for.
If other Conservative voters like myself flee the united party or won't vote NDP this might mean that there would be three parties in Alberta left standing--the NDP folks, the united party thing, and the Alberta Party.
In Alberta, we don't vote Liberal.
People can be bought with their own money. It’s a truism of Canadian politics. Albertans have resisted in the past, but Notley has two more years to get them used…
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I don't think Albertans are going to be bought with their own money but I do hope they don't vote for either the NDP folks or the united Conservative party. Why? I guess because the NDP folks have failed in terms of their promises and the united Conservative party has the Ebola Party of the PCs in it. Why any Wildrose Party member would want unification with the Ebola Party folks is beyond my understanding.  What hopefully will happen is a third option will be expanded. Conservatives who aren't going to accept the PCs in any form will go to the third option. In Alberta this is the Alberta Party (we don't go Liberal).


The politicians use us to get to power. Now let us use ourselves to carve out a place in the pyramid of power in the Alberta Party.



http://nationalpost.com/opinion/kelly-mcparland-a-scary-thought-for-conservatives-what-if-notley-beats-the-united-tories-anyway/wcm/58813afe-b423-4666-b5ca-383007712f27

Kelly McParland: A scary thought for conservatives — what if Notley beats the united Tories anyway?

People can be bought with their own money. It’s a truism of Canadian politics. Albertans have resisted in the past, but Notley has two more years to get them used to it

Alberta Wildrose leader Brian Jean and Alberta PC leader Jason Kenney shake hands after announcing a unity deal between the two in Edmonton on May 18, 2017. Jason Franson/CP
Kelly McParland
July 24, 2017
12:37 PM EDT
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Lurking beneath the surface euphoria at Alberta conservatives’ decision to end their estrangement is an unsettling thought: what if the union doesn’t work?
What if Canada’s version of the Hatfields and McCoys — two clans with a common background, shared outlook and mutual territory who just can’t stop fighting — manage to bury past rivalries, devise a common platform, choose a new leader and march shoulder-to-shoulder into the 2019 provincial election, but don’t win? What if the belief in both camps, so deeply held it is taken as given, turns out not to be true? What if Albertans aren’t really chafing at the bit to rid themselves of Premier Rachel Notley and her band of big-spending leftwingers after all?
It’s an unsettling thought, so unsettling that you won’t find a hint of it anywhere within the celebrations that met Saturday’s decision to merge the remnants of the Progressive Conservative party with their cousins in the Wildrose party. After members of both parties voted 95 per cent to unite after years of bickering, there was nothing but brave predictions about the trouble they’d soon be causing Notley and the government Tory leader Jason Kenney insists was inflicted on Albertans purely by accident. A “massive and historic vote for conservative unity” headlined the Calgary Herald. “I plan on being Alberta’s next premier,” leader Brian Jean assured a raucous crowd of happy Wildrosers, just in case anyone was in any doubt.
What if Albertans aren't really chafing at the bit to rid themselves of Notley?
Sure, okay, but what if? It’s a question that carries implications well beyond Alberta’s borders. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have demonstrated just how quickly the financial firmament of a country can come unglued once free-spending “progressives” get the code to the treasury. The $10-billion annual deficits promised by the prime minister as he stumped the country have ballooned into enormous, ill-defined clouds of debt now that he’s in office. Finance Minister Bill Morneau no longer even pretends to know when, or if, the budget will ever again be balanced. And who cares anyway: politicians across the country have made clear they consider their responsibilities end at their own term in office; any debts they leave behind are someone else’s problem.
Ontarians have learned this at frightening cost. Ontario spends as much on debt servicing each month as Alberta spent all last year. Albertans worried at a debt due to hit $71 billion by the end of the NDP term ain’t seen nuthin yet.
There's a lot at stake if the beating heart of Canadian conservatism gives way
So there’s a lot at stake if the beating heart of Canadian conservatism gives way. Over more than four decades Alberta became so comfortable with one-party rule it barely noticed when provincial Tories began to lose the plot. It took five years of Ed Stelmach, three years of Alison Redford, six months of Dave Hancock and eight months of Jim Prentice for Albertans to finally lose their faith in government-for-life. There being little other choice they ended up with the New Democrats as an alternative. Though jarring, among the faithful it’s been assumed Notley is only a blip, and the province will sooner or later return to its conservative ways.
It’s a reasonable enough assumption, given the history and character of the province. But politics isn’t rock ‘n roll, where fractured bands can reunite for a new life playing old hits. Mostly, in politics, when you’re done you’re done: Social Credit, the Reform party, United Farmers of Canada, Bloc Québécois (which may not accept it’s dead yet, although the corpse has started to smell). Stephen Harper’s success in crafting the Conservative Party of Canada out of the bits and pieces of Reform, the Alliance and the moribund PCs is the exception that stands out, and even after nine years in power there were doubters that it would survive.
It's a truism of Canadian politics. People can be bought with their own money
So it’s no given that Alberta’s United Conservatives will manage to reclaim all the best offices at the legislature in Edmonton come 2019. Though Notley’s approval rating is a dismal 28 per cent, polls taken in the middle of a term don’t mean a lot. Few thought Stephen Harper would run such a poor campaign in 2015 and hand his majority to Justin Trudeau; few thought Christy Clark would defeat the British Columbia New Democrats in 2013, and then bumble away her government in 2017; few thought Alberta was capable of electing an NDP government in the first place; few thought any U.S. candidate could possibly lose an election to Donald Trump.
“Progressive” politics is based on a fundamental belief in the power of applied spending: once people start getting the cheques, the subsidies, the services and the benefits that borrowed money can buy, they learn to lose their fear of debt and deficits. They may oppose them in principle, but in practice they don’t want the river of money to dry up. Ottawa and Ontario are already deep into denial about the dangers they’re running by eternally putting off the price of their profligacy. There’s no guarantee Albertans will be any different in the end.
People can be bought with their own money. It’s a truism of Canadian politics. Albertans have resisted in the past, but Notley has two more years to get them used to it. Many Canadians still think of Alberta as a conservative province that’s been hijacked by the NDP. A second Tory loss would force a fundamental reconsideration of that belief.

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