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In Alberta, the fight for the right begins - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 14 2015

There will soon be enormous pressure on Alberta’s two centre-right parties to bond under one banner. The province’s business elite are undoubtedly already talking about that eventuality. Once the NDP makes good on its promise to raise corporate income tax by two points, the pressure to unify will be ramped up even further. But join forces under whose flag?

Wildrose has the greater numbers in the legislature; the Tories have seniority. It’s inconceivable Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and his caucus would ever agree to exist under the PC logo. Someone tried that last December and it backfired spectacularly. Conversely, it’s hard to imagine the Tory caucus wanting to be the ones who shuttered their party. Wildrose will have little interest in having talks along these lines in the immediate future anyway; they’ll be too busy learning how to be an effective opposition.
Alberta  conservatism  Wildrose  Progressive_Conservatives 
may 2015 by jerryking
Time to rebuild conservatism in Alberta - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 14 2015
Conservatism in Alberta, therefore, needs to be rebuilt provincially from the bottom up – rediscovering and recommitting itself to its fundamental values and principles, developing a conservative platform that applies those values and principles to the issues of the day, and engaging in constituency rebuilding and advocacy campaigns to restore its relevance and influence with Alberta electors.

In the federal arena, this process took more than 10 years to complete after the collapse of the federal PC Party in the 1993 national election. It culminated in, but did not begin with, an effort to “unite the right” at the party level, but much ground work had to be done before that effort was even feasible, let alone advisable. Alberta is a much smaller and dynamic political arena than the national political arena, so the deconstruction and rebuilding of conservatism provincially should not be nearly as long or difficult as it was federally....
With falling oil prices, Alberta’s star economic player is still in the game but playing hurt. Now is the time for other sectors – agriculture and forestry, the service and knowledge sectors, whose growth and export potential is not limited by pipeline capacity, exporters with a strong focus on Asia – to accept the challenge, “up their game” and provide more of the leadership Alberta’s economy urgently requires.
conservatism  Alberta  Preston_Manning  Wildrose  rebuilding  right-of-center  constituencies  right-wing 
may 2015 by jerryking
NDP win fits historic pattern - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 07 2015,

Alberta was growing fast until recently. Having so much money, PC governments siphoned much of it into public services. On a per capita basis, for example, Alberta spends the most on health care (along with Newfoundland), and yet demands for even more spending never relented. The province needed more schools, more university and college places, more police, more roads, more of everything. As these services expanded, so did the number and clout of public-sector unions, who formed the spine of the NDP’s victory on Tuesday and to which the new Premier, Rachel Notley, will now be beholden. They will expect some degree of munificence from her, and she will be hard-pressed, given the province’s straitened fiscal circumstances, to accede to all of their demands.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Alberta  elections  NDP  Preston_Manning  public_service  public_sector  unions  history  reform  provincial_governments  Wildrose  Rachel_Notley  creeping_normality  complacency  Ralph_Klein  dynasties  populism 
may 2015 by jerryking

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