12.10.2015

The Time for Unity is Now

As some of you are aware, I spent many years as a member and supporter of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives.

I cut my political teeth at the age of five sitting in Peter Lougheed’s office chair (thanks again, Uncle Bill!) and proudly carried the P.C. torch until, as happened to so many others, ‘I didn’t leave the P.C.’s, the P.C.’s left me’ and I moved over to the Wildrose camp.

That was then.  This is now.

Wildrose leader
Brian Jean
Still a very vocal supporter of Brian Jean and the Wildrose, I and so many other centre/centre-right Albertans are now recognizing the reality of Alberta’s political and economic situation.  We find ourselves with a Trudeau Liberal government in Ottawa, and a far-left socialist NDP provincial government.

As one who lived through the turbulent times of the early 1980’s, a sense of déjà vu has appeared, but with some important differences.

While we once again have a Trudeau in Ottawa, we do not have a Lougheed-style provincial government going toe-to-toe with the feds.  This time, unfortunately, we have a regime in Edmonton all too willing to jump on the ‘attack Alberta’ bandwagon.

Rachel Notley:
the enemy within
As the Rachel Notley NDP government has quickly shown, the enemy is now within our provincial borders.

Circumstances change and cause a re-evaluation of priorities.

Some have suggested the Wildrose should fold into the P.C. group, which would undoubtedly hamper any chance of significant growth or success.  One cannot argue that the P.C. brand is tarnished from the result of staleness and a string of brand-damaging leaders.

The Wildrose carries its own share of negative baggage, whether real or perceived.

What is required in Alberta is a new unity on the centre-right.  We must wipe away the minor disagreements and squabbles that have occurred over the past decade and focus on the danger before us.

The tent of conservatism is a big one, far larger than that on the political left which is filled by drone-like thought and repeated narrative chants.  Albertans from the libertarian centre to the more social conservative realm need to find common ground – and fast.
P.C. leader
Ric McIver
The place to start, as obvious or maudlin as it seems, is found in our shared love of traditional Alberta values.  Even the socialists recognize this, as they push their various ‘new Alberta’ talking points.

Conservatives know the truth: it isn’t Alberta that needs to change, it’s the provincial government that needs to change.  The division on the right needs to disappear if we are to have any chance at preventing irreparable damage to the province.

So here I am, someone who has spent time in both the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose camps, calling for old conflicts to be quickly and effectively dealt with in order to create a path to solidarity.

Petty arguments and insignificant ideological differences are meaningless in the face of the storm brewing in the Alberta Legislature.

We – all of us in the P.C. and Wildrose camps – must now stand together and build a credible alternative to the menace now sitting on the government side of the Chamber.

The future direction of Alberta is at stake.

2 comments:

The Friendly Giant said...

Good article Leigh, but where to from here?
Create a new entity and fold up the PC's and Wildrose? Would there be a new leader? What sort of new party would be born? I'm of the opinion that the Wildrose should just position itself to be the new natural conservative party. Let the PC party fade as fundraising numbers and seat counts fall.
Here's an article outlining the plan...http://www.poletical.com/uniting-alberta-conservatives.php

Summit said...

The answer is clear. The Wildrose Party is the only credible party in Alberta. We've been through this. Why move backward and drudge up old pain? Why reinvent the wheel? All Conservatives are welcome in the Wildrose tent. It's a Big Tent, with room for all :)

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