When Ralph Klein first ran for Premier, he told us he would reduce our spending by 20%. He told us we needed to do this to get rid of our debt, to give our children a fighting chance.
And we voted him in.
And he did what he said he would do, he reduced spending by 20%. I remember because 5 people were going to have to be let go at work and I was number 6, I survived the cuts, barely. He was vilified by the ruling Federal Liberals, made into the bad boy of Confederation by the ruling elites. Why? Because he turned our province around, and got rid of the debt, faster than promised. I miss him. Even after all the cuts and pain....
We Voted Him Back In.
Where the PC's went wrong, was to push him out, before he and Albertans were ready to see him go. It has been a disaster since then. We got Steady Eddie, a guy way over his head, useless but harmless. Now we have Red Ali, an arrogant, my way or the highway, female Dalton. She is not harmless. She has surrounded herself with weak Minister's, like Fred Horne, the marshmallow, as Minister of Health. She says jump, he says how high. He's a "Yes Mam" kind of guy.
So, what are Albertans going to do? How can we solve this problem of poor leadership, shown by the election budget they released? Do we sit back and hope it gets better? Do we pretend that the PC's are still in any way Conservative?
We can't vote Ralph back in, I wish we could. We need to change course. We need to understand that the PC's are Conservative in name only, and that Red Ali is a Liberal. We need to look to the only party in Alberta that can provide the government that we need, and that is the Wildrose Party.
Albertans are slow to change. We think about things for a long time, because we care deeply about our province. Because we care so deeply about Alberta, we need to take up a new banner. We need to make our kids and grand kids proud. We need to stop automatically voting for the PC's just because they happen to have Conservative in their name, they are closer to the NDP than to Conservatives under Red Ali's leadership.
I was upset when Klein was pushed out as leader. I was willing to give Stelmach a chance. He was awful. The PC's had the choice to go more Conservative, and what did they do? They voted for a Liberal who only won because she promised the teachers union they would get 100 MILLION dollars. That was the first thing she did when she got "elected". Then she went on to pander to special interest groups with her .05 drinking and driving law. They have mentioned a PST, and increasing the "sin" taxes. Not very Conservative at all. She has refused to support our oil industry and yet went to Ontario and Quebec to get agreement on a "National Energy" program. I smell disaster if she actually gets elected as our Premier.
I want you all to understand that they are going to use every trick in the book this election. It's going to be nasty. I have noticed government sponsored ads being run by the PC's already...remember, you are paying for them. The unions are going to be advertising for her, just like they did to get Dalton re-elected.
We can not sit on our butts, and think that she can't do much damage if she is elected. She can, and she will. Liberals have been infiltrating the PC party for years, knowing that is the only way they can gain power in Alberta. I say, it's time we taught them a lesson. Voters have power. We decide who will rule Alberta.
Got out into your neighbourhoods and talk about Wildrose. Talk about Danielle Smith and her party. Put up a Wildrose sign. Go out and door knock with your Wildrose candidate. Get the message out.
Quebec booted the Bloc last election, unfortunately they picked the NDP as a replacement. It's time for Alberta to boot the PC's and replace them with the Wildrose! If Saskatchewan could boot the NDP after years in power, in favour of the Sask Party, Alberta can replace the PC's with the Wildrose. Look at how well Saskatchewan is doing now. We can and should be doing better, it's only our 40 year old, tired, entitled party that is holding us back.
Come on Alberta! We can do better.
Disclaimer: I am not a member of the Wildrose Party, but I was a member of the Alberta PC's.