May 03, 2016

Alberta: After conservative movement's ugly divorce, time to “unite the right” for the sake of our kids

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

There is a growing movement in Alberta to unite the right.

There has to be a coming together of conservatives in Alberta under one umbrella to stave off another NDP government. But the question on everyone's mind is what that needs to look like. How will it all happen? Will conservative Albertans go back to the Progressive Conservative party? Will they continue to migrate to the Wildrose Party? Will the parties merge, or will a third party on the right emerge?

I’m curious. I have my own ideas. A lot of them. But I have an open mind. So I investigated a couple of different groups that seek to facilitate a united conservative movement in Alberta. I went to an Alberta Prosperity Fund event in Edmonton and an Alberta Can’t Wait event in Red Deer.

Watch my video to find out what I saw at these events and to hear my humble conservative opinion about the best way forward for Alberta’s right wing.

One thing is certain, everyone on the political right needs to swallow their pride. The conservative movement had an ugly divorce but now it’s time for us to get along for the sake of the kids: my kids, your kids, kids not yet born.

They are the ones that will suffer for our conservative pettiness now.

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commented 2016-05-05 10:51:58 -0400
Ron Bissett, Wildrose forming the next government is nothing more than wishful thinking. Ain’t gonna happen.
commented 2016-05-05 02:16:34 -0400
You had me worried Shiela. I thought you were going to suggest we all go back to the PC party. Close call. It can only be Wildrose. And, someone needs to make that clear to the Wildrose. Don’t waver. Shore up and reinforce the principles that will restore the stability, freedom and wealth this province desperately needs to regain.
commented 2016-05-04 19:20:33 -0400
Reading some of the comments on this post. Rebel readers still divided.
commented 2016-05-04 19:18:10 -0400
Let’s not trump the separation card!
commented 2016-05-04 19:17:03 -0400
Since the right is so divided and if things stay to where they are now, Brian Jean DOES NOT stand a chance to become Alberta’s next premier. Ain’t gonna happen. Uniting the right is the ONLY remedy to defeat the endeepee.
commented 2016-05-03 22:20:43 -0400
Time to face the fact that there is no conservative movement in Alberta. Gavin McInnes currently has a video here at the Rebel listing the 14 kinds of conservatives on the right where he lists the varying strains of conservatism. If you have not watched it then I recommend it and for those who disagree with me please place the Wild Rose or PCs into one of the 14 kinds. It cannot be done. These are both basically slash and burn parties whose main objective is low business tax and collecting next to nothing on resource royalties. To be clear, the royalty collection regime is complex and there are many factors involved in getting a good return on our wealth and outgoing pipelines is just one of them. The PCs and Wild Rose both support the cultural Marxist agenda and while saying they do not legislate morality, they do not object to NDP social engineering and while the PCs were in power they allowed the NDP pander cultural Marxism from the opposition. Sure there are some true conservatives in both parties but they are barely tolerated and exist on the fringe. Look up how Brian Jean treated Russ Kuykendall. In the United States, the Wild Rose and PCs would fall within the constraints of the Democrat party. There is a lot of intellectual knowledge and streams of thought within the Conservative movement outside of Canada. Greats like Edmund Burke, Roger Scruton, William F. Buckley, Russell Kirk, Peter Hitchens are just a scant representation of the various leaders. I doubt that if there is anyone in either the Wild Rose or PCs who have even heard of them.
commented 2016-05-03 20:01:06 -0400
I would be interested in a new party if separation from Canada was a possibility. I am now an Albertan first!
commented 2016-05-03 19:58:09 -0400
I will be voting Wild Rose when the time comes, just as I have done for the last two elections. The PC after forty plus years are out of touch and I am not interested in a new party.
commented 2016-05-03 19:46:31 -0400
There is no need to unite the right. Do what Saskatchewan party did. It will be a long time before the progressive conservatives or liberals in Saskatchewan will even make a dent in the elections.
commented 2016-05-03 19:40:03 -0400
The best possible future for Alberta would be to have Stephen Harper made the leader of either the Wildrose or the Conservatives. Harper would be a superb premier and it would be the end of the federal government treating us like serfs with zero push back. Barring that we need to just back the wildrose and pitch the ndp out on their ears.
commented 2016-05-03 17:52:08 -0400
Daryl Herman – I agree. Where is our next Ralph Klein or Peter Lougheed? Also, the municipal elections are next year, and we need to get Nenshi out of Calgary. That loud mouth has to go. Maybe Dave Rutherford should run for mayor of Calgary, and help us oust Nenshi.
commented 2016-05-03 17:15:15 -0400
Can we PLEASE find another RALPH?! Whatever stripe he may be would be better than any of these political clowns we now have gobbling up our last bit of political & economic resource and the backing of the people of Alberta! As far as Progressives go – don’t we have enough of the progressive agenda already in power here in Alberta? We need someone who is Alberta “grounded” – like Ralph Klein was.
commented 2016-05-03 16:48:38 -0400
I wish people would wake up and understand something: there is no “right” in the hierarchies of any of the large C or PC parties! Period!!!!

The upper echelons are stuffed with unprincipled career politicians; advisory staff composed of political science grads who were tutored by commie professors; and dumb fart-catchers who would vote for Stalin or Hitler as long as they wore a blue shirt.
commented 2016-05-03 16:08:12 -0400
I seem to find myself agreeing with Sheila on this. For forty years we have had what amounts to a one party government as any opposition was basically non existent. Decades of uninterrupted power have taken its toll and cronyism, pork belly politics and seeming corruption were the order of the day. As others have said, the PC Party, to be true to the historical fate of defeated political parties in Alberta, should dissolve and let its constituent elements gravitate to where they feel most comfortable. Conservative elements have the WR, the more progressive elements to the Liberal or NDP. Maybe the PC’s could become a straight Progressive party. In any case, Albertans must not assume anything in how future elections will unfold, but take control of their fate. If you don’t like your choices then get involved and let yourself be heard.
commented 2016-05-03 15:19:17 -0400
I don’t want the WR to unite with the PC’s, since the PC’s recently voted against recall legislation! Rick McIvor is too stubborn to know when he’s beat. I don’t think the right will unite by adding another party to the mix. That will ensure Rachel and her clowns will be reelected.
commented 2016-05-03 15:03:15 -0400
If we are going to back the Wildrose Party, the PCs need to dissolve.
commented 2016-05-03 15:02:22 -0400
Suggested names for a new united party… Alberta Conservative Party; Conservative Party of Alberta; Alberta Progress Party; Alberta Prosperity Party; Alberta Advantage Party; Alberta for Albertans; Reclaim Alberta Party; Redeem Party; just a few …
commented 2016-05-03 14:56:32 -0400
If we don’t unite the right, the consequences are that Rachael’s NDP will come up in the middle again and win. I don’t have confidence in Brian Jean, we need to unite the right under one party and one leader.
commented 2016-05-03 14:41:54 -0400
It’s actually going to be very entertaining for me , I have stocked up on 3 years worth of ORIVILLE WYNNE popcorn
commented 2016-05-03 14:38:33 -0400
SHEILA , I’AM with you all the way on this one , there will be more meetings, and maybe a convention runoff of all parties, and then everyone supporting the runoff winner , just to get rid of the plague

Good to see DAVE RUTHERFORD—— he must be involved all the way!!!!!!!

A lot of you people are a lot younger then me , patience, there’s 3 years to shape and mold , but THINK OF THIS , how many more BIG SCREW UPS AND SCANDALS are going to happen mean time , and remember now , theREBEL. MEDIA is in every household in Alberta
commented 2016-05-03 14:29:38 -0400
Sheila, I agree with you. We (Conservatives) need to back the WildRose party instead of making a third party because it is only common sense that making a third party will split the right into three camps.
commented 2016-05-03 14:22:04 -0400
They had better get their acts together and soon. We need a deeply conservative party. I’d prefer a Nationalist Conservative party emerge.
commented 2016-05-03 13:57:03 -0400
No, it is time to leave the PC party in the dustbin of history.
commented 2016-05-03 13:34:14 -0400
I hope they can get something together. Harper unified the Reform and PC parties to form the new Conservative party.