This is the second article I have written on this subject. The first was done before we knew the outcome of the PC election for a party leader. I was mistaken when I predicted that they would not choose Jason Kenny for their leader. Jason Kenny is smart enough to know that the only chance they have to gain power is to try and get the Wildrose to join with them. That way they can take advantage of all the hard work done by the Wildrose party in the last 10 years.
The PC party has a very large debt, somewhere between $750,000 and $1,000,000, no one seems to know or they don’t want to tell. They do have some constituencies that have monies that could be used to pay off this debt. If they can gather up enough… no one knows.
The Wildrose party on the other hand has enough money at the present time to successfully fight the next election. They also have 22 elected members which gives them an advantage. This is another reason Kenny wants to unite.
Brian Jean has said that he will have a vote on the unite the right and that it will have to pass by 75 per cent of Wildrose members. Jason Kenny stated that he would also have a vote, but he didn’t say if it would be all PC members or just the delegates that voted him as the new leader. The ordinary members in the PC party don’t have much control over the delegates because they are told how to vote by the board. That is the main difference between the two parties. In the Wildrose party every member is free to vote how they want and majority wins. That is how a democratic party should be run.
If the two parties unite there will have to be a lot work done in a very short time. I doubt very much it can be done in the time frame between now and when the next election is called. If the NDP see that they have the advantage they will call a snap election. They are also going to change the boundaries on the constituencies so we’ll have to wait until that is done before we can have our nominations. They will know when the best time is to do that.
All Albertans should take interest in what is happening with politics at the present time as it will affect your future for many years to come. Please take a part in making your province a better place to live, do business and raise our families.
Everyone is entitled to vote how they want on this matter but the only way you will have a fair vote is to buy a membership in the Wildrose party, even if you are a PC member. You can go online under the heading Wildrose Party of Alberta.
Jim Cook, Westerose