Ladies and Gentlemen….Introducing Alberta’s First Wildrose Premier!

Posted: December 20, 2014 by Ty in Spirituality

Brian's Blog

Like most Albertans, I watched the recent defection of Danielle Smith and 9 (more) members of her caucus to Jim Prentice’s PCs with a mixture of astonishment and disgust. That it has been a breathtaking example of political opportunism on the part of both is obvious. That Jim Prentice has scored a huge coup by eliminating a mortal threat to his party’s 43 year rule is also clear. That Danielle Smith stands to gain personally by gaining a seat at the cabinet table is almost as clear, provided that Prentice overrules his caucus’s objections and keeps the deal he made with Smith.

What is not so clear is what the more immediate political reasons for this tainted compact are. It was far from inevitable. The former leader of the Wildrose Party  apparently suffered a dramatic loss of confidence following the loss of four by-elections in October 2014. But the party…

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