March 22, 2016

Alberta PC leader’s “Over my dead body!” can’t be final word on ‘Unite the Right’ front

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

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.

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commented 2016-03-23 15:59:06 -0400
Uniting the Right will not work. The PCs are at best Liberals and at worst NDP wearing a blue tie. The PCs are not in any way Conservative anymore and any attempt to merge the parties will only water down the Conservative WildRose party.

Those that are true blue Conservatives in the PC party, of which there are few if any, need to leave that party and join the WildRose party … after the WildRose party vets them to see if they are true Conservatives. Then the PC party needs to rename to something else and quit misrepresenting themselves as Conservatives.

But none of that will happen.
commented 2016-03-23 15:54:02 -0400
I like Jenn Galandy’s comment that Alberta once was a “HAVE” province is now a “HAVE NOTley” province.

Good one, Jenn!
commented 2016-03-23 00:41:05 -0400
Uniting the two parties seemed like the logical solution to insuring Notely never gets to deliver another blow onto Alberta. But the fact still remains that the Alberta cons are as corrupt and untrustworthy as Notely’s NDP. People now hate Notely and their resentment of the Alberta conservatives hasn’t gone away, so maybe the Wildrose party does have the best chance if they stick to their guns.
commented 2016-03-22 20:30:35 -0400
Right wing parties should never move to the left. It will never change the mind of the leftist voters, and will only let down the right wing voters.
commented 2016-03-22 13:10:51 -0400
“@<a class=“tweet-url username” href=“”>canadian Mongrel: excellent comment. It is hard to unite conservative-minded people into a single banner because, unlike on the left, they think more freely. I would also add that they act more individually as well, which makes a lot of them feel uncomfortable with political activities requiring group cohesion."

I think that it’s disingenuous to pretend there isn’t group-think and personality cults on the Right. It’s more a matter of fragmentation than actual independence. (between say the social conservatives, who tend to flock to Evangelical firebrands, or the more libertarian minded small c conservatives that believe in minimal government, including that which legislates morality, to the rather left-wing personality cults such as Trump that find resonance in the disenfranchised). The thoughtful Right does exist, but has no natural political party as the mainstream parties are very much one of the above categories; the modern Right is dominated by very clear categories, none of which is strong enough to carry the banner and all of which mutually distrust each other.
commented 2016-03-22 11:36:37 -0400
@canadian Mongrel: excellent comment. It is hard to unite conservative-minded people into a single banner because, unlike on the left, they think more freely. I would also add that they act more individually as well, which makes a lot of them feel uncomfortable with political activities requiring group cohesion. Generally speaking in this country, while the left-minded people organize, group-think, protest, and gang-up on chosen targets, the right-minded ones stay at home and quietly mind their own business.
commented 2016-03-22 11:21:00 -0400
Progressive Conservative in the modern era is an oxy-moron. You cannot be for fiscal conservatism and freedoms while at the same time be shoving nanny state policies on the population. I doubt that there is a single person left in the PC Caucus that could really be considered a main stream conservative. They are a much better fit with the Liberals.
commented 2016-03-22 11:04:12 -0400
I’m not supporting any party which has sold out to the man-made global warming crowd or is supporting building wind turbines. That pretty much excludes any party with a progressive tenure. CO2 is an essential gas for plant growth and its contribution to GW is minimal.
commented 2016-03-22 11:01:59 -0400
The problem for the right, as opposed to the left, is that it is composed of independent thinkers. Hence its strength is its weakness.

We will even criticize our own parties and their policies, and not blindly follow what some elite told us to follow like the Non-Democrats or, even more elitist, the LPC.

This makes unification difficult unless there is a leader with the coalition building skills to do so. Provincially, Loughheed and Klein, both from different ends of the conservative spectrum. Federally, Mulroney and Harper, again from opposite ends of the conservative spectrum. However, Mulroney’s coalition failed from the right; and Harper’s failed from the left (the pull out of Harper’s key P/C Party cabinet ministers).

The best way in my opinion to have a right wing government is what the right does in Australia. Run as their independent party, but with the understanding they will unite as a coalition in parliament to govern or oppose.
commented 2016-03-22 10:31:47 -0400
FK the Alberta PC party – kill it for good.

Ralph Klein was great, but that is long in past.

The Alberta PC Party is now run by libranos and NDP look-alikes. This is what socialists do – they are locusts.

That socialist pig Sandra Jansen is a great example of vermin that has been voted in as a PC – disgusting.