The Wildrose party held their annual meeting this past weekend where it was reported that Danielle Smith did a lot of bashing of Premier Allison Redford and the PC party.
I am no fan of any type of conservative government but it seems to me that Redford, as a trusted and exemplary premier, has a broader and more profound understanding of life in this province than traditional conservative politics would condition her to have. Smith can’t even hope to have such competence, which is why she fails to understand that it was not, as she said, PCs running a dirty campaign that caused her party to fail to get a majority; it was the faulty foundations of the Wildrose party and the empty words thrown around by a bunch of inexperienced candidates.
Despite media hype that tried to manipulate the Alberta public into believing otherwise, there never was any chance of the Wildrose forming the government. Albertans on the whole may be a politically apathetic bunch but still they gleaned that the Wildrose would not be taking this province anywhere they wanted to go — then, now or ever.
Changing their policies now will not help the Wildrose in the next election either. The image of the Wildrose as a party with a pro-radical, Christian foundation (nonsense that most Albertans have grown beyond) helped them garner the support of religious fanatics here and in southern Alberta. Do they intend to make further fools of those people by telling them what they want to hear behind closed doors while saying something contradictory to the public at large? That would only prove that their words are meaningless, empty rhetoric. The most Smith can hope for is to continue to hinder the Legislative Assembly from discussing more important matters while she uses the same disruptive distraction tactics that the federal Conservatives so notoriously use to waste parliamentary time and taxpayers’ money.
I foresee Redford becoming one of the greatest premiers this province has ever seen. At least when Premier Redford speaks, we can trust she knows what she is talking about. And that is most refreshing compared to what we in Alberta have endured for so long.