I had a chance to catch up with Jenn Galandy, the President of Wildrose on Campus at the University of Calgary and I talked to her about the unite the right movement and the Calgary-Greenway by-election.
Unite the right is a big topic in Alberta – it’s a movement that would see conservatives of all types unite under one umbrella and form one political party. The movement seems to be gaining some steam and many conservatives believe that this is the way that the NDP will get ousted in the next provincial election. Jenn thinks that what’s been going on for 40 years in the province isn’t working and sees potential for unification.
There are varying opinions on the topic, but things aren’t so rosy on this front. Brian Jean recently mentioned that Ric McIver was encouraging PC members to buy Wildrose memberships and this didn’t go over well. According to a post that McIver made on LinkedIn, the leader of the PC’s states that “The Wildrose leader Mr. Jean has attempted to make hay with an outrageous statement about selling WRP memberships.” He then went on to state – “My response to Mr. Jean’s suggestion that I am a WRP supporter has not changed. “Over my dead body!”
It sounds like there is a lot of work to do before the next election if unite the right is truly workable.
Another big topic on the Albert agenda is the upcoming by-election in Calgary-Greenway. Jenn has also campaigned for several candidates at the provincial and federal levels, including Devinder Toor, who is the candidate for the Wildrose Party in the riding.
Ms. Galandy mentioned that the Wildrose are polling ahead of both the PC’s and the NDP for this election. If the NDP lose the contest, it will send a message to the NDP, just like the election in Calgary-Foothills and Prasad Panda’s big win did.
Albertans seem to be figuring out that Rachel Notley’s NDP just aren’t governing for Albertans and the outcome on March 22 will most likely solidify that.