As we in Alberta say thanks and goodbye to Stelmach as our Premier, we need to think about how he got to be our Premier. Lefties signed up for party membership to vote for Jim Dinning and allowed Stelmach to come up the middle and win. That's what meddling in an election gets you, like the Liberals ended up with Dion, the third place choice.
Stelmach is a good and honest man, who was like a fish out of water, he is a perfect example of Peter's Principle, he was elevated one step too many. I believe that he is trying to save the PC party by retiring, but I wonder if it is not too late. I don't think it is his fault, the government is stale and too liberal, even a new leader might not help. Might not. The leader will be important. Fresh, new blood is needed.
I had already decided to vote for Wildrose next election if they ran a candidate in my riding, now the game has changed. My vote is going to depend on who the PC's pick for a leader. I'm sure Morton is the front runner, but he is not new, and he has less charisma than Stelmach did. No other PC MLA rings any vote bell with me, and if it comes down to Morton as the new leader, my vote bell is just a hollow ringing in the back of my head. The glow is off of Morton, his timing was off, he should have run for the Wildrose leadership, now he is just an old PC MLA.
Run, Monte, Run! Monte Solberg as leader would return my vote to the PC's. He is young, dynamic, Conservative and smart. He also wouldn't take any guff from special interest groups, other Premiers, or even PM Harper. With him in Alberta and Premier Wall in Saskatchewan, maybe a new Conservative government in Manitoba, the west would continue rising! The east would only be able to look on with envy, or get smart and go with the Conservative flow.
Jim Prentice might also get my vote, but he's a bit too small c conservative for me. He reminds me more of a Dinning type candidate. He's too politically correct for a young dynamic Alberta. We need a champion.
Alberta needs a true Conservative government, not like the blue liberal crew we seem to have now. You can already see the "labeling" going on in the media calling the Wildrose Alliance party "far-right". Little does the eastern media understand that a label like that is guaranteed to drive more votes towards the Wildrose, than away. A good mix of new Wildrose MLA's and some of the old PC's could work really well FOR Alberta.
These are just my initial thoughts on a situation that is sure to change in the next year here in Alberta. Finally, we might have an exciting election. Oh, and to the three lefty Alberta parties... good luck on splitting the 20% vote between you all.
This time you lefties should stay out of other parties leadership campaigns. How would you Liberals have liked it if all us Conservatives (and there are a lot of us) had signed up to vote for your leader? You can show your support for your party by voting for them next election. Keep it honest this time. Let PC members vote for their new leader without interference.
Come on Monte, RUN!