Why Alberta Conservatives adhere to Conservative principles rather than Parties



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Why did Alberta elect the NDP government in 2015 and now it looks like it’s ready to do so again? It seems unlikely that Alberta will return Rachel Notley to the post of prime minister, as it is a state that is seemingly considered the conservative center of Canada. But if the current polls are believed, that’s exactly what happens when the elections take place tomorrow.

So what’s happening in Alberta?

Most Albertians certainly tend to be conservative. Elections overwhelmingly choose conservative options for ballots. The important thing is that we are not parties, we adhere to conservative principles. The brand and history of the party doesn’t mean anything to us. If one party seems to deviate from the basic principles of conservatism, vote for another. If another Conservative is not available, create it. Since the state was founded, we have done it repeatedly in the federal and state states.

A little background is needed to explain this unique feature of Albertan.

Alberta is a frontier. It’s a place where people move to create a better future for themselves. At the beginning of the last century, agriculture attracted ambitious settlers from within Canada and around the world. After that, it was the development of oil and gas that brought about a new wave of citizens.

To live a new life in the Wild West, you need some kind of person who seizes the opportunity and leaves behind friends, family, and everything they are familiar with. Those who migrate in that way are Chanstakers and individualists. They are not conformists and are of little use to authoritarianism. These are conservative people who believe in a direct and practical solution to the problem. If a political party is no longer considered to be serving them, they will either fix it or replace it. Supporting non-principle political parties based on brand loyalty is not just a consideration.

Historically, when Albertan was upset enough to form a new party, it took off with enough force to annihilate the powerful party. It took place in United Farmers, Alberta (1921–1935), wiped out the Liberal government, and was subsequently knocked off by the new Alberta Social Credit Party a few election cycles later. In 2015, the Wildrose Party gained enough support to reduce the 70 seats at the time of the Progressive Conservative Party’s dissolution to nine, but not enough momentum to win the government. The unexpected and catastrophic result is that the NDP won a 54-seat majority government, with only 40 percent of the votes cast.

Jason Kenny has proposed a plan to merge the two Conservatives to ensure that the Notry administration maintains a single-term anomaly. While the process was hot and messy, Kenny managed to cobble the new, merged entities together under the United Conservative flag. It was an impressive feat, as it won the majority government in 2019. Since then, things have been downhill for Prime Minister Kenny. He may know how to win the government, but he doesn’t seem to know how to manage it.

Kenny promised a lean government that adhered to conservative principles, but he increased spending and attacked committees to investigate rather than fulfilling election promises. The promise of direct democracy was put off, but the failure of the energy “war room” quickly criticized it.

Kenny disappointed the conservative foundation and infuriated the left with actions such as choosing to fight Alberta doctors over salaries, proposing coal mines on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, and changing the nature of state parks. .. These may have been policies worth considering, but the UCP government’s unruly approach leaves room for Kenny to insist on NDP to destroy mountains, expel doctors from the state, and sell state parks. I did.

Kenny’s flip-flop approach to the COVID-19 limit caused a full-blown Caucus rebellion. Sixteen MLAs, representing a quarter of his caucuses, signed a letter severely criticizing his recent blockade.According to Kenny’s response Western standard The report was to threaten them by calling a general election. There is no more ineffective way to try to quell the emerging MLA. This shows that Kenny has really stopped touching Alberta’s thinking.

I think Kenny’s threat was empty, but he must understand that if he calls for an election, Albertin will reject him in polls. We should seize the opportunity with the potential of another NDP government rather than being bullied by partisan compliance with the threat.

NDP is polling Currently in the majority territory of Alberta. There are two years left before the next election expires, and many things can change during that time. Learn how Prime Minister Kenny understands and guides Albertan, or another Conservative Party will develop on his right wing. The new party may form a government, or it may certainly lead to another NDP government.

However, there is one thing you can trust. Albertin always votes on a principle, not a party, even if he hurt himself.

Cory Morgan is a Calgary-based columnist and business owner.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

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