May 01, 2015

Preston Manning: Destroying democracy in Alberta

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

How did Preston Manning's whispers help destroy conservatism in Alberta?

How did he eliminate democracy?

Ezra Levant explains.

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commented 2015-05-02 18:09:57 -0400
Kelvin, so Alberta has changed some to its conservative way of thinking. That is good to hear. I like that sort of news. It makes sense that the ones that are the entrepreneurial types would naturally gravitate to the conservative position because it is by its nature a business friendly political view. And it is those people that I as an Albertan welcome cheerfully to the province. Its the others that bring their failed politics to Alberta that I wish would either go back home or simply not vote. We native Albertans like a business friendly atmosphere.
commented 2015-05-02 12:56:39 -0400
Oh ya Preston Manning seems to have impeccable timing when it comes to elections, that he always comes out on the losing end…….what’s up with THAT
commented 2015-05-02 12:51:48 -0400
Peter N. You are probably right, but I have met a lot of people from all walks of life that have moved to Alberta from other provinces. It doesn’t take long in a conversation with them and very little prying, I might add that their political views have changed more to the right. There was one young man for example wants to one day move back to his home in New Brunswick and become a conservative politician after being raised in a liberal household. One more thing that they all agree upon is the wonderful free enterprise system that they have here that they didn’t have at home. I must also have to say is that most I talked to were self employed entrepreneurs
commented 2015-05-02 12:03:28 -0400
Bill, I tend to agree with you about Albertans, but specifically about Albertans.

I have lived all my life in Alberta, same with my now deceased parents. I am quite familiar with the Alberta attitude towards politics, and life in general. You are correct in your assessment of the average Albertan. Especially when you get out into the countryside people are practical, down to earth common sense people who have a realistic view on themselves and the world around them.

However (and you knew this however was coming, didn’t you) having said that, of the 4.1 million that live here now I would guestimate that at least 1.5 million are from out of province, probably more. Many of them come from provinces where the politics is/was either Liberal or NDP and they have brought their politics here. Most of them have congregated in Edmonton, Calgary and of course Ft. McMurray.

Why are those people from other provinces here? It must be because they love Albertans soooo very much! Okay, maybe not. It is because of work. So why did their home provinces not have work? I guess it must be because their provinces have dried up their natural resources. Okay, maybe not. It is because the politics of those provinces which would rather live off of the provincial equalization than develop their own resources that caused the loss of jobs.

So then, I wonder why do these people from other provinces vote for political parties in Alberta that in their own province caused a loss of jobs? Why would they bring those politics here? Do they not realize that voting in an NDP government would mean the loss of the very jobs they came here to seek?

In any case, that is why I think it is possible that the NDP might do well here. Not because of Albertans, true blue native Albertans, but because of the imported work force.
commented 2015-05-02 09:23:40 -0400
MOIRA EGAN, appreciate your clear, thoughtful reflection on this matter.
commented 2015-05-02 09:11:48 -0400
Frankly, I don’t believe Alberta’s political landscape is so fragile or volatile that simple things like shifts in political branding blind Albertans at the polls. Alberta was, and is, conservative socially, economically and culturally – it is the basic terroir of Alberta. Conservative people are absolute in their ethics and sceptical of anything that does not appear genuine – they are rational, level headed and down to earth in their decision making – that does not square with what we are being told by these faceless pollsters. They portray a political stampede of frightened mindless suicidal herd animals, like buffalo herded over a cliff (certain NDP disaster). This is out of political character for every Albertan I know.

Something is amiss.
commented 2015-05-02 03:48:19 -0400
Your presentation was more than fair. You gave Preston an opportunity to talk about his decision to interfere in democracy and he declined the invitation. Although he knows you personally, and knows how you supported him in the past, he didn’t have the decency to personally respond. You mentioned that but it is apparent to me that what you are really concerned about is Preston’s slight to the democratic process. One person has commented here that Preston apologized on Facebook. It is hard to accept such a general apology when a man of his political experience must have known what he was doing. It is especially hard to accept in the face of his denigrating your specific style of searching for and speaking the truth.

Your style is just what we need.

It was a few years ago when Preston started talking about climate change and either carbon tax or cap and trade, I don’t remember which, when my opinion of him changed. I began then to think that he had switched sides and had signed on to the globalist agenda. As you know, the UN wants all governments to collect a tax on carbon dioxide, not to save Earth from man (which is a sickening concept in itself) but to fund more complete global governance than we now have.

I was always lukewarm on Jim Prentice. Then I discovered that he was co-chair of the North American division of the Trilateral Commission, that global commission that since the 1970s has doing everything it can to destroy capitalism, deindustrialize the industrialized world and rule the globe through technocracy.

You can imagine my disappointment when I learned that he was about to become Premier of Alberta. I was sure that he would hand it to the globalists and Alberta would become another Ontario. Given that Alberta depends so much on the oil and gas industry and given that the technocrats want to make ‘fossil’ fuels scarce and introduce carbon currency to replace paper money, Prentice is ideally placed to do the will of Maurice Strong, David Rockefeller, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Globalist Inc. I hope he loses.

One tactic the Global Governance cabal uses to get its way is to convince unions leaders that global warming is a sure and catastrophic happening and that members must see fighting it as a mission to destroy capitalism. There weren’t unions before capitalism and there won’t be afterwards and, having served their purpose, union members will eventually be thrown under the UN Agenda 21/Globalist Inc. light rapid transit. Even union leaders will land there; totalitarians never reward their useful idiots. And that’s exactly what NDP-ers are to them.

The only hope for Alberta is Wild Rose.

For a good look at Technocracy, I recommend Patrick Wood’s new book Rising Technocracy: The Trojan Horse of Globalization. I’ve mentioned it in comments at The Rebel before and chances are that I’ll do so again. It is the best explanation of what is happening in the Green Economy, now discussed in business academe as the Carbon Economy. At you can learn more about what Wood has to say. He has links to two excellent interviews.
commented 2015-05-02 03:06:02 -0400
I suspect that Manning’s ‘unite the right’ work in Alberta was sincerely trying to atone for his disastrous ‘split the right’ movement in the 1990’s that gave us Liberal federal government. But alas, ironically with similar disastrous results in the offing. Hopefully Manning will just give up and retire before he does any more damage to the conservative movement in Canada. In any case, he appears more comfortable with liberals now.
commented 2015-05-02 00:48:11 -0400
I was a long time supporter of Manning; met him several times; helped finance him believing in what he stood for. What he stood for then and what he stands for now are certainly two different things. That he calls his new organization conservative and democratic is a lie that brings disgrace upon those of us who really DO believe in these principles. Just recently was blocked from making comments on his face book page; that’s his democracy. Just wish he would go away and stop disgracing us. Maybe a nice comfortable nursing home!
commented 2015-05-01 23:12:45 -0400
Ezra, thanks for being a clear, intelligent, forceful and truthful voice of for integrity and accountability in right wing politics. Am very disappointed with Mr Manning.
commented 2015-05-01 21:01:23 -0400
Peter Netterville, ditto on that. Preston deserves credit for everything he did in creating and bringing to prominence the Reform/Alliance party. But, sadly, since then he has increasingly sliding towards progressive positions.

Mark Borzel, Manning’s latest line on what he advised (and failed to advise) the Wildrose caucus regarding merging with the Prentice PCs comes off as weak, hindsight excuse making after seeing how badly the Smith defection went and how strong the backlash. There is no way he didn’t understand what Smith’s intentions were. Those negotiations with Prentice had been going on for months (by her own admission). Smith said, word for word: “joint friends of Mr. Prentice and I have been trying to get us to consider this option for several months”. And, immediately after the defection, Preston expressed only fond wishes for the success of the merger.

And Ezra didn’t say it was “ENTIRELY Mannings fault”. Obviously the defectors, especially the Wildrose leader, must take the bulk of the blame. And Ezra has already and rightfully taken them to task for their exceedingly bad judgement.
commented 2015-05-01 20:08:47 -0400
Sorry, that was 1921, not 1941
commented 2015-05-01 20:07:37 -0400
I once had respect for Preston Manning, but that changed a few years ago when he changed, became a red tory.

We can only hope that Preston’s actions do not negatively affect the election. I must admit that I have a real concern that the NDP just might wing the election. That would be a first in Alberta that we have had a left leaning government since 1941, and you know, I doubt they were very liberal back then, probably more like we consider a true “blue” conservative to be now.
commented 2015-05-01 17:35:55 -0400
MARK BORZEL, I’m siding with Ezra on this one. Clearly, according to the Globe & Mail article this was something Preston encouraged, thought was a good thing and would benefit conservatives and Alberta. We now see the fruit of that in the Alberta election.
commented 2015-05-01 16:34:02 -0400
All I can say is keep Preston away from us in Saskatchewan!
commented 2015-05-01 15:09:48 -0400

“Preston Manning is now apologizing for the role he played in last week’s defection of Danielle Smith and eight other Wildrose MLAs to Jim Prentice’s Progressive Conservatives.
In a Facebook post, the former leader of the federal Reform Party said he was asked by the caucus to share his experience in uniting his party with the federal PCs 15 years ago.
Reports state that Manning’s talk was the turning point in the MLAs’ decision to cross the floor.
*But Manning now says that he failed to mention that the unite-the-right decision back then was approved by democratic means — discussions with the grassroots, a vote by members and ultimately the 2000 federal election.
Manning now regrets not making that more explicit to the Wildrose caucus. *” (emphasis mine) And this comes from that leftwing bastion of propaganda, CBC. You’re making some pretty wild accusations, Ezra. I thought you had more class and an open mind than that. Do you remember Manning initiating the Reform Party of Canada? Was Manning “anti-democracy” then? What about when that party became the Alliance party, after amalgamating with the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada? (We all know Joe Clark was against the idea, but the media was full of “red” versus “blue” Tories back then…) Was Manning "anti-democracy then? If so, what was his motive for orchestrating this “marriage” of political parties? And why did it result in Stephen Harper, who is our current Prime Minister, if he was so “anti-democracy”? And why the sudden switch from that history to your current claim?

So he made a suggestion, and didn’t emphasize enough that the floor-crossing should have been democratic. Does that absolve the defectors from their responsibility? Does it absolve Prentice from his underhanded and backhanded dealing? Is this ENTIRELY Manning’s “fault”?

Ezra, you’re starting to sound like an ultra-right-wing conspiracy theorist. These articles are becoming less about news and more about saying something, anything.

Get back to hard data, and holding the “left wing” party actions (provincial AND federal) to account. Stay out of conspiracy theories.
commented 2015-05-01 14:59:53 -0400
He has never been happy since the Reformed Party rejected him.