April 20, 2015

Alberta election: Floor crossings "reinvigorated the party" says Wildrose backer

Marc PatroneRebel Commentator

It may not be the pivotal issue in the Alberta election campaign, but last December's defection of nine Wildrose MLAs to the PCs is serving as a rallying cry for some voters.

Some Albertans say the initial outrage over the decision by nine opposition MLAs to join the governing PCs under Jim Prentice has energized the Wildrose during this campaign.

Party backer Derek From says, far from being demoralized by what happened, his party is as determined as ever to turf Prentice and the PCs:

"It's reinvigorated the party and as a result its still a big deal but for completely different reasons. I think there's more energy. I think the WR party, the supporters of it have become more entrenched in their views and realizing that the government we have been fighting against all these years has once again does something to us and something to democracy in this province that we're quite upset about and so it was a blow to the party initially and now it's become a rallying point for us."

From is a resident of Chestermere Rocky-View, where ex-Wildroser Bruce McAllister is now running as the PC candidate in a hard fought battle east of Calgary.

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commented 2015-04-20 16:49:39 -0400
It turned out for the better in regard to the wildrose party. They got rid of a leader that was not taking them any further and yes it did show the real PC snake in the grass tactics that showed they have no respect for the electorate or democracy. Entitlement of the PC party reared it’s ugly head again here.. Win at all costs is the PC party line. That will not work as the electorate needs to be treated with a lot more,respect then that as well as true democratic values.
commented 2015-04-20 15:18:37 -0400
Prentice was counting on this “being demoralized”. I don’t think he counted on the public backlash. (It also didn’t help him that he tabled a budget that was so completely unrealistic…)
commented 2015-04-20 14:40:45 -0400
Oh Marc, I recall for sure! I am still fuming mad over that.

To Brian Jean (not that I expect him to read this): Be clear about your plans every time you open your mouth and be completely open and honest. No damn politician speak! Albertans will respond to that favorably, well, at least the conservative Albertans will.

Go Wildrose!
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