Uniting Alberta: Now Comes the Tough Part

The move towards a united centre-right in Alberta advanced with the announcement from Brian Jean that he intended to step down from his position as leader of the Wildrose party.

This sets up a battle between Jean and presumptive Progressive Conservative leadership winner Jason Kenney for the top position in a new, united group.
 Brian Jean 
While this undoubtedly adds credibility to the idea of unification with the intent to stop a second New Democrat term, and does signify a victory even as some – stunningly – question the integrity and ‘real intentions’ of Jean, the celebration should not get out of hand.

The real battle begins now.

Rumours are already hitting social media regarding the so-called ‘terms’ each side is demanding in order to consider working together.  Loyalists from each party, many with misgivings about the other side (real or imagined) but resigned to the reality that only a unified alternative will be successful, will be stubborn in their ‘my way or the highway’ mentality.

Conservatives tend to grasp on to their beliefs and are very hesitant to change.

Each party does stand to lose some members, even as new ones arrive.  There are Wildrose supporters who have vowed to never, ever to join the Tories.  As well, there is a segment of Progressives inside the PCs who, upon Jean’s announcement, have chosen to walk away from any idea of unity with the Wildrose in favour of supporting a different party altogether.

(The vast majority of these people aren’t considering the NDP or the floundering Alberta Liberals, but the more ideologically-logical Alberta Party.)

 Jason Kenney 
Regarding the PCs and the Wildrose, the histories of each party are already well-known.  The successes and failures, public relations victories and embarrassments, narratives and memes, are common knowledge.

Get. Over. It.

As I’ve said since the dawn of the far-left, protest vote-rewarded NDP assumed control of the province, there is no issue so large, no grievance so strong, no butthurt so painful which supersedes the importance of ensuring the NDP’s destruction of Alberta comes to an end.

Perhaps look to the two assumed leadership candidates for an example.  Obviously, it is early in the competition, but Jason Kenney and Brian Jean have each refrained from being the first to scoop muck and throw. 

Each has spoken in positive terms of the other, and should they continue to focus on vision and avoid causing and exploiting internal rifts, it would set the tone for the party members to not only come together, but to solidify.

If it comes down to Brian Jean versus Jason Kenney for leader of a united party, the winner is clear: Alberta.

1 comment:

Lethbridge Bound said...

Very true. The federal right of centre parties did it and we had 10 years of conservative government. On issues in the assembly Wildrose and the PC vote the same way 80 to 90 percent of the time. They both, at their core, stand for the same things, and have a similar vision for Alberta. Fiscal prudence, individual freedom, open grassroots decision making, and an end to backroom leaders being shoved down the members throats. Either one will be a great leader and the loser should remain much like Peter McKay did at the federal level. Egos, and whatever sense the PC may have that they have a long and glorious heritage needs to be looked at in light of the last 3 leaders, and the way they were elected, and what they did that enabled the NDP to win. A clean start is needed, one based on respect.

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