As some of you know, my active experience in the political world stretches back to the 1970’s. I have volunteered and managed numerous campaigns, been a member of a constituency Board of Directors, have written/co-written policy, and so on.
A journey which began around the age of five when I had the opportunity to sit in Premier Peter Lougheed’s chair in his Legislature office (most little kids wouldn’t dig that) and continues today through social media and beyond.
So, while I am admittedly not the most experienced and knowledgeable political expert in the province, I have had a certain level of exposure to that world.
The point being, I and many others can see the current political environment in Alberta for what it is.
We have an ideologically-based and severely inexperienced (and perhaps fatally lacking in knowledge) party which accidentally attained the rank of government solely as a result of a ‘protest vote’, and two primary challenger parties in Opposition which are dealing with their own internal issues.
| Notley at an anti-oil protest. |
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It’s not a good time to be an Albertan.
Operating unfettered due to a lack of cohesive opposition, the ruling far-left New Democrats have already launched their program of injecting damaging progressive policies into the mix.
It isn’t the only one, of course, but the province’s Carbon levy (progspeak for ‘tax’) is the main issue of discussion in the Legislature and around dinner tables. While those for and against circle each other spewing endless narratives, perhaps the most important point of the CT is missed:
Unlike the Carbon Tax policy in British Columbia (where emissions have actually risen), Alberta’s is not ‘revenue-neutral’. It will do nothing to quell the perceived damage occurring to our environment. It will not save one duck; it will not save one asthmatic.
The so-called ‘rebate’ structure makes the true intent of Rachel Notley’s carbon tax glaringly evident: it is government-enforced wealth distribution, nothing else.
It’s right out of the Progressive Playbook.
And as this assault on Alberta continues, where is the opposition? The Wildrose seems steady and strong, yet spend media exposure on issues like removing an MLA for his choice of words. The Progressive Conservatives, meanwhile, are in the midst of a leadership contest which has seen contenders attack each other more than they attack the New Democrats.
A growing number of Albertans – myself included – are quickly growing tired of dealing with the negative effects of having radicals running the show, while our only true options to bring the nightmare to an end, the Wildrose and PC parties, work to get their own houses in order.
I understand the need for procedure. I know some things must be done in the interests of accountability and fairness. But the frustration is growing with each round of lay-offs. It grows with every higher grocery bill. It builds every time we hear of more Albertans losing their jobs and are forced to choose between food and rent.
What ever the PCs and Wildrose decide – new leaders, reunification, whatever – they need to get it done. Albertans, tired of waiting for those we elected to act on our behalf, have bypassed their elected representatives and have been asking policy-based questions directly of the government.
The responses have gone viral.
A solid elected opposition would perhaps have more success, no?
Get it done.