Saturday, April 14, 2012
An excellent article by my friend Michael Taube. He understands the dynamics of conservative politics better than Chantal Hebert. This will revitalize the Tory base across Canada! In 1971, Peter Lougheed’s PCs beat Harry Strom’s Social Credit party, ending a 36-year political dynasty in Alberta. On April 23, political lightning may strike twice in the province, with Danielle Smith’s Wildrose party bringing an end to the 41-year-rule of Premier Alison Redford’s PCs. If Wildrose wins — and it seems likely, with a healthy 10 to 14 point lead over the PCs in most polls and Smith’s strong performance this week in the leaders’ debate — it would be good news for conservatives, Albertans, and Canadians. Smith’s libertarian instincts, right-of-centre policy proposals, and support for more individual rights and freedoms make an excellent political tonic. It would revitalize Alberta’s conservative base, and bring an end to the PC dynasty that has looked weak under the past two premiers, Ed Stelmach and Redford. It would also hopefully produce a successful provincial government that the federal Tories would notice, study, and perhaps emulate. Less than three years ago, Wildrose was a respectable yet minor player in Alberta politics. Many observers liked the party’s populist and conservative positions, but couldn’t see how a third party could smash down the powerful PC monolith. Then along came Danielle Smith.