April 10, 2015

Alberta election: Prentice responds to charges of "arrogance, elitism"

Marc PatroneRebel Commentator

If two recent polls are any indication, Albertans have as low an opinion about their electoral options and any other Canadians.

A poll by Think HQ found more than seven in 10 Alberta voters believe the Progressive Conservative party is arrogant and elitist.
Three in 10 PC supporters of the PC party agree with that assessment and many want change.
But the poll also found Albertans have little faith in any other party to be a viable alternative to the 44 year old PC dynasty.
When asked by reporters about the widespread perception his party is arrogant, the premier said, "These are challenging times, we have tough choices to make. Faced with the financial circumstances we have, and faced with the job losses we are seeing and more were announced today, we need a government that has a mandate."
Prentice' popularity has been slipping steadily since he took over as Premier and his budget calling for higher taxes appears to have hurt him.
A recent poll put his party at number three after the Wildrose and NDP.

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commented 2015-04-13 10:03:04 -0400
ED/Allison/Jim ,3 strikes you PC’s are out.
commented 2015-04-12 19:04:37 -0400
Peter if you want a perfect example of journalists attempting to direct the outcome of elections I would suggest you take a a look in the Calgary Herald archives to around the time of Ralph Klein’s departure when the leadership race was between Jim Dinning on the left, Ed Stelmach (in the imaginary centre – actually left) and Ted Morton on the right.

Naomi Lakritz, a repugnant leftist writing for the Calgary Herald (she used to write for the National Enquirer – all professionalism huh?); anyhow she said she wrote in a column that she was going to take out a conservative membership despite not being conservative just so she could vote for Dinning and keep Morton from winning. In her words, “To keep Alberta as left as possible”.

Damn it journalists are complete low life slugs.
commented 2015-04-11 17:18:30 -0400
" as well as the mainstream media"

You got that one right.

Last election the MSM attacked the Wildrose ruthlessly, claiming that they were a far right wing extremist, regressive party and just about any other insult they could think of, stopping just short of calling them fascists. I am convinced that is why the polls, which showed the Wildrose might get a majority, ended up dropping in popularity over that weekend just before the election. It is almost as though the MSM was truly frightened that the Wildrose would get a majority. That, to me, smacks of interference in the democratic process. Expect the same from them this time too. The MSM just cannot seem to mind their own business. They have to try to direct the outcome of elections. That really is creepy.
commented 2015-04-11 14:48:18 -0400
The second-worst we can get would be another Conservative majority in Alberta… but if they do, it’ll be the slimmest majority they’ve ever seen! I agree with Joan that there will be a fair NDP protest vote… but Albertans are a little too independent for the NDP to be really successful. It’s iffy that the Wildrose would make a majority government — there’s too large a public sector (which is part of the problem!), and they don’t want their gravy train stopped. Much as I hate to say it, I’m guessing either a very slim Conservative majority, or a Conservative minority government (in which case, ALL predictions get tossed out the window!). The best case would be a Wildrose majority (it wouldn’t be very large), but with the bureaucracy they have to fight, as well as the mainstream media, I don’t know how effective they would be in trimming said bureaucracy. The worst we could face would be a NDP majority… in which case we might as well declare bankruptcy now. (We can see what they did in BC, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, in Saskatchewan before Mr Wall turned it around…) But that’ll never happen here.
commented 2015-04-11 14:34:15 -0400
I agree with you 100% Peter.

No matter what Province you are from, it seems the public sector worker has become a bane to society.

We have to cut back on Government no doubt, but to make it palatable it must be done in such a way that no ‘current’ front line worker will lose their job. That’s the only way Wild Rose can get elected.
commented 2015-04-11 13:15:35 -0400
With the PCs at 21% one has to wonder how much of that 21% is public sector. This election race is looking a lot like Ontario’s last election where the by and large the Liberals in Ontario got in because of the public sector.

I would not be surprised if 18 to 19% of that 21% is public sector. It is likely Prentice will appear to the public sector and bribe them with our money.

The Wildrose offers austerity for the public sector, which is truthfully where the cuts have to come from, but the public sector will no go for that.

Brian Jean MUST make it plainly clear that his austerity will not affect the front line employees. Hammer that point home every time he opens his mouth. He MUST secure the bulk of the public sector employee vote.
commented 2015-04-11 12:42:07 -0400
“Wouldn’t that be something? "

I shiver at the thought!
commented 2015-04-11 12:19:35 -0400
The only poll that counts is the one on election night. But be careful. Prentice is behind not only the Wild Rose but also the NDP. If the left manages to split the right and pitch security to the growing numbers of unemployed, Alberta could end up led by NDP.

Wouldn’t that be something? Do not turn your back on Unifor.
commented 2015-04-11 12:05:16 -0400
I think we deserve more than we are getting from our political parties and the poeple we elect. You cannot have new ideas or revived energies for existing values and goals when you have the same entrenched people manipulting the system from behind closed doors. It is really time to completely shake out the PC party in Alberta and the only way is to reject them is at the polls. Prentice is an opportunist political hack and he deserves a defeat at the hands of the electorate. Ontario is a mess and will be for some time to come thanks to a stupid and docile electorate. Albertans should be willing to take risks and turf Prentice . Relegating them to the back benches will certainly give them pause to think about their contempt for Albertans.
commented 2015-04-11 11:37:10 -0400
Good to have you reporting on the Rebel Marc, I’m wondering how the other media outlets are asking their questions, meaning are you noticing any biases to any parties. Like there seemed to be an uptick on the cbc when the polls came out having the ndp leading the pc’s
commented 2015-04-11 02:27:59 -0400
Time for a change. Goodbye PCs.
commented 2015-04-11 00:50:12 -0400
This is the most important election in my lifetime. I hate that there is so much perceived support for the PCs because they have lost any “conservatism” that the founders of the party ever had. No party is perfect but Brian Jean and the Wildrose seem to hold best to the values I have for government. They also seem prepared to step into the role we need for these tough economic times.
commented 2015-04-11 00:02:37 -0400
“That province just hasn’t been the same since he left.”

Sigh. Yea, I miss Ralph. He had his issues, but he was the best Premiere we have had. But I have a size 12 pointy steel toed boot with Prentice’s name on it. Maybe we can put some real conservative back in office, the Wildrose.
commented 2015-04-10 23:41:20 -0400
Larry – I have to disagree with you. He’s the leader of the Progressive Conservative party. The Progressives are a big-government, do-what-we-tell-you-because-we’re-smarter-than-you movement going back to the 1920s. Prentice fits right in with them. Why the Progressives and the Conservatives came together is beyond me, because they’re opposites today.
commented 2015-04-10 23:30:20 -0400
Yep, Ralph was one of a kind. He wasn’t in it for himself, he was in it because he loved Alberta, and wanted to see it prosper. That province just hasn’t been the same since he left.
commented 2015-04-10 22:45:14 -0400
The last down-to-earth premier Alberta had was Ralph Klein. What got me paying attention to him was shortly after he took over from his predecessor, and was in the media scrum. He mentioned something forgettable, but the media went berserk with all kinds of lambasting against him. The next day, Klein gets back in front of the media, and says that he was thinking out loud, and that if Albertans didn’t want what he had mentioned, then he wouldn’t do it! No politician had said anything like that before… or since. With the possible exception of the Reform and Alliance leadership…possibly.

And Prentice has the gall to try to raise taxes when he should be slashing costs?
commented 2015-04-10 20:11:33 -0400
Jim Prentice is just another Liberal pretending to be a Conservative, how else would a Liberal get elected in Alberta
commented 2015-04-10 19:43:53 -0400
Jim Prentice is no better than Redford. The pc’s won’t be getting my vote in this election.
commented 2015-04-10 19:26:58 -0400
Yup. Prentice sounded like he was avoiding the question about his party having an elitist attitude. The more politicians do not answer the questions put to them, the less I trust them. I do not trust Prentice.
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