Look Forward

Progressive Conservative leadership hopeful Jason Kenney made a splash when he first announced his intentions to run when he stated one of his primary goals was to reunite Alberta’s political right. 

A growing conversational issue leading up to Kenney’s announcement, ideas of some sort of unity ranging from ‘working agreements’ to a full-on merger has filled social media for the past couple of years.

I and others have made mention of this in the past.  We warned of dire consequences going into the last election with a split centre-right: a PC party viewed as old and corrupt which inflamed a voter’s sense for the need for ‘change’, and a group forever burdened the good policy/public relations blunder quandary.

We are seeing now the first wave of damaged caused by the unintentional election of a far-left, anti-oil party into power.  Misplaced adherence to ideology over reality is forming into action with attacks on small business (minimum wage hike) and pathetic photo-ops highlighting the success of their ‘economic diversity’ plans.  

The energy industry that we abhor yet publicly proclaim to support is in trouble?  No problem.  We’ve got a booming oat bi-product industry!
 Danielle Smith 

The reality is, the damage inflicted by Rachel Notley’s NDP government could and most assuredly will grow over the course of their term.  The need for a legitimate, combined alternative is clear.

The history of each party is filled with ‘what if’ moments. 

After leading in the polls for most of the campaign, would Danielle Smith and the Wildrose party have become the government if the Lake of Fire issue hadn’t blown up during an election?

Would the Wildrose even be a factor – and would the PC brand be far less tarnished – had Klein-era economic plan guru Jim Dinning won the party’s leadership race in 2006, thereby removing the Wildrose advantage regarding fiscal platforms?

 Jim Dinning 
As valid and debatable as those questions are, necessity dictates that we put the past where it belongs and re-evaluate our priorities.  Surely no old grievance between the two parties is larger than the need to find common ground in order to protect Alberta from the current danger.

Collaboration to find agreement has become imperative.  Circumstance often offers opportunity and I believe the candidacy of Jason Kenney proves that.  While Brian Jean is a more than worthy leader, Kenney brings a bit more to the table. 

Discussions will be intense, to be sure.  But we must keep in mind that after one NDP term, Alberta will be in serious need of repair.  After a hypothetical second term, the province would be downright unrecognizable.

There isn’t one right-splitting issue more important than that.

1 comment:

Rob Low said...

Surprise surprise, I agree with everything you wrote. Whether a merger or coalition the Right needs to pull it together in the next election or we're screwed. And you're right about "photo ops" and "sound bites" too - it's all about the current government looking good and moral even while their policies are collapsing things around us. But as long as everyone smiles and says, "But look at the success over here at this (government subsidized) wind farm or (government subsidized) research lab or whatever it all looks good. The other problem is all these government subsidized indusctries may create jobs but they do not create as much GDP generating, tax revenue generating, exporting jobs the government so desperately needs. It's not just about jobs, products and services it's about specific types of jobs, products and services that actually create wealth for all the social programs the government is so intent on providing. Ugh.

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