May 06, 2015

Jim Prentice pays the price of political hubris

Brian LilleyRebel Blogger

What can be said about the NDP win in Alberta other than shocking.

I was at Wildrose headquarters in 2012; that was the last election, the one where the Progressive Conservative dynasty was supposed to end with a challenge from the right. Instead that dynasty ended last night as the New Democrats swept to power.

Did Alberta's voters vote for the NDP or against an arrogant, decrepit PC machine that assumed it owned power in Alberta? It really doesn't matter, Rachel Notley and company hold power for the next four years.

But truth be told it was likely a bit of both - voting for and voting against.

No one can deny that voters seemed repulsed by the way Jim Prentice and the rest of the PC seemed to feel entitled to their entitlements.

There was no need for Prentice to call the election a full year early. There was no need for him to try and take over his only opposition in the Wildrose and solidify the idea that Alberta had become a one party state.

Prentice could have won the election and kept the dynasty alive by simply governing competently until next year and taken the full four year term.

Instead he went early, acted like he was entitled to his entitlements and now joins David Peterson, the former Ontario premier who did the same thing, as a warning to all other politicians who take voters for granted.

(Photo: David Cournoyer, Creative Commons)


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commented 2015-05-09 07:33:27 -0400
It is time that the oxymoron Progressive conservative party disappear from the political landscape and remerge as Conservative party that has a clear mission and agenda. Let the red Tories join the NDP rather than subvert the conservative philosophy of the party. If that would be the case the corrupt Redford never would have been able to engage in her shenanigans. I am living in Ontario PC will not see any donation from me until it changes to Conservative party of Ontario
commented 2015-05-07 23:20:18 -0400
Absolutely a protest vote IMO
Just like quebecers did federally to the bloc q voting in the ndp…
Alberta will come back to reality…
Obviously in about 4 years…
But my guess is they’ll be kicking their collective butt’s in about 6 months…
Oh, and btw… nobody will admit to voting for the ndp…
Just like Ontario… nobody voted for the queer queen dictator!
I didn’t… did you?
Thought so… lol
commented 2015-05-07 18:09:37 -0400
I’m pretty sure that Albertans did not suddenly do an idealogical 180 turn despite the outcome of the election. I believe I am a typical conservative-minded Albertan and I chose to vote other than PC this time because of the ‘fed up’ factor with the PCs over entitlement and other issues, including the proposed budget. I think many people felt as I did and wanted to see change – I was hoping for a minority government of some sort. The outcome was, I believe, an overreaction due to the avalanche effect. I don’t think there should be too much read into it, either federally, or for Alberta’s future.
commented 2015-05-07 12:04:14 -0400
The Alberta PC party lost any remnant of “Conservative” when Ralph left . . . it is the party of “Progressives” . . . leftists all.
Daniel Smith must be lamenting her poor decisions today . . .
Albertans will pay the price for electing the “Socialists” . . . no where in Canada or on the Planet today is Socialism working, high taxes, failure and debt are their legacy ! ! !
commented 2015-05-07 10:50:35 -0400
Finally the compromised and bribed PC party insiders along with corrupted government agencies are open for scrutiny (hope ndp investigate expose these ministers minions and special interest groups that by design have stolen billions and degraded our freedoms that was once taken for granted) anything less than this investigation would place the ndp in the same crooks that were resoundingly defeated) may God bless the folks of truth.
commented 2015-05-07 07:46:14 -0400
If Prentice was the Space Station Commander I am sure he would ask to have the windows open to let fresh air in. That is how stupid the man is!
commented 2015-05-07 07:25:14 -0400
What MARK B. said. But, I’m predicting that the geniuses in the Conservative Party’s analytical crew will interpret these results just as ineptly as their counterparts have done in Ontario. The problem is this: Prentice is leaving alone, when he should be taking the entire, rotten party apparatus with him. Stay tuned for gag inducing sermons about the necessity of “building a big tent”.
commented 2015-05-07 06:30:07 -0400
Another brilliant Freemason politician.
commented 2015-05-07 00:23:22 -0400
I believe That in the futue Preston Manning will be remembered for orchestrating the demise of the Alberta Progressive Conservative dynasty.
commented 2015-05-06 20:51:23 -0400
Alberta has a chance. Redford is gone, Prentice is gone. The Alberta Conservatives, at this immediate point, are leaderless. Therefore, they are in an excellent position to re-invent themselves, and they have four years to do it. Our new/current NDP leadership is going to tick off nearly everybody except the unions, and is going to drive this province into a quagmire. When the next election comes, we WILL need another Klein to pull us out of the mess. If the bureaucracy was fighting against getting trimmed and efficient (Wildrose platform) this time, just wait until four years from now! It will be absolutely necessary then! But this gives both Wildrose and the Conservatives time to develop a strong, confident, secure leadership that, whichever way voters choose, will bring Alberta back from the brink. Our new NDP government may claim it’s different from other NDP governments; the proof will be in the pudding. I’m not confident.

So, Alberta Conservatives, here’s your chance. Find a leader, one who puts the province ahead of his/her personal gains. Hone your platforms and policies — Get lean. You have a year, two tops, to begin to reinvent yourselves, and to begin to restore the public’s confidence in your party.

Here are some clues/hints: any pay raise (beyond C.O.L.A./inflation) on the table in the next four years? Turn it down. There’s a planned deficit/debt in the budget? Remind the NDP of the law Klein enacted REQUIRING the government to operate within a balanced budget. Promote your platform at every opportunity, and show how it is infinitely better than what the NDP is doing.

You getting me?

You already lost my vote before this election; I voted more conservative than you two elections ago, and again this election. My candidate didn’t win last time ’round; this time he did.

But the media has a hate-on for responsibility, particularly when it comes from a non-traditional party. So, I’ve given you some ideas on how to rebuild. If you’re wise, you’ll take them. Because of your lack of wisdom and leadership, Alberta Conservatives, we Albertans will have to suffer through four years of fiscal disaster. But it will bring with it opportunity. Use that opportunity wisely.
commented 2015-05-06 20:24:18 -0400
Peter Lougheed just rolled over in his grave.
commented 2015-05-06 20:00:25 -0400
Prentice got what he deserved…..Alberta is not the Alberta of before, Alberta, was a place to feel free….now Alberta is a mere shell of herself….Alberta is now just another welfare, politically correct pit full of sheeple…doesn’t matter….if this is what passes these days as good leadership…no wonder everything is doomed.
commented 2015-05-06 19:51:38 -0400
Like usual, Brian, you are correct. But I would make one correction, “Rachel Notley and company” should read “Rachel Notley and children”.