March 31, 2015

Alberta: PCs and Wildrose now in dead heat

Marissa SemkiwArchive

Had Jim Prentice not managed to kneecap the opposition, and Danielle Smith not abandoned her principles and crossed the floor, the political situation in Alberta right now would have been dramatically different.

In fact, the political climate is ripe for the Wildrose to capitalize.

A new poll out by an Alberta think tank Mainstreet Technologies shows the PCs and the Wildrose in a dead heat at 24% support.

(Less than four months ago, this same pollster showed Prentice and the PCs in the lead at 44%, compared to 20% for the Wildrose.)

Perhaps this is reason to think that the Wildrose will be in a position to do something dramatic in this election.

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commented 2015-04-02 15:53:58 -0400
Great commentary on this Marissa. Thank you. Keep up the good objective reporting.
commented 2015-04-01 10:35:40 -0400
big gubbamint destroying the country – it’s going to get much worse – depression well beyond the 1930s and corruption like never before.
commented 2015-03-31 23:43:20 -0400
Maybe they are. Maybe not. Whatever. I’ve heard this song & dance before. As a social conservative I’m sick of these snotty jackasses’ sneering and ridiculing my values then expecting me to support them and put them in office.
commented 2015-03-31 22:07:21 -0400
What we need to be watching is this 5star summit meeting in Paris this fall, where all the Premiers from across Canada are headed. I’m afraid there not going there to apose the United Nation agenda, but to support it… If Justin becomes the Prime Minister? We are screwed.
commented 2015-03-31 20:44:45 -0400
Prentice has been lunching with Wynn, and taking notes. Lord know the unions are the only reason she got elected in Ontario. They are both crooks!
Right you are Peter N. voluntary union membership will be the ticket for sure. And I didn’t know about the German universal health care model, Canada , and the provinces individually need to look at a whole revamp of that huge and not very effective money suck. Some provincial models suck more than others but they are all equally no system to be in if you are really sick.
Re: Alison’s bill.
Stelmach, and I forgot about Hancock. Ralph left a surplus which can’t be argued with.
commented 2015-03-31 20:31:38 -0400
“Has everyone noticed how Prentice put the screws to the people but left the government employees alone”

Yes, most certainly … oh, but don’tcha know, he and his MPs took a 5% pay decrease. Oooooh! Be still my palpitating heart!

I agree, vote Wildrose! We need a conservative government again.
commented 2015-03-31 20:21:10 -0400
Hopefully Wildrose will be our next government…Has everyone noticed how Prentice put the screws to the people but left the government employees alone….the reason for this is pure and simple…votes…if the incompetent fool went after the bloated, overpaid public sector he would lose all the votes he is buying…what a cynical ploy by a backroom dirty dealing typical politician that assumes that “we the people are to stupid to see thru his backroom,self serving hack ploys….VOTE WILDROSE, WE NEED A BIG CHANGE
commented 2015-03-31 20:14:27 -0400
Mark Borzel – “I haven’t had a “family doctor” for 20+ years, …”
You too, eh? The more money that is fed into the health care system, the more they demand.

Though I think we could make universal health care work if we took on a model something like the Germans. After diagnosis of a condition, the money to heal that patient follows the patient. The patient decides what private or public clinic to go to. The Germans pay far less per person on health care than we do and have a far better system with low wait times. They must be doing something right. But there is a crowd in Canada that screams bloody murder if even the topic of reforming the health care system in Canada is mentioned.

A for unions … well they had their day. They need to be put back in their place. Voluntary union membership would probably shut them up.
commented 2015-03-31 19:57:49 -0400
We can always hope for the Wild Rose Party. (Although I live in BC, so I suppose it’s really none of my business… But I do have family in Alberta, so in that sense I guess it is my business). Maybe what Alberta needs is a Rob Ford, but without the cocaine and beer gut, “Stop the Gravy Train!”. Even stoned, Rob Ford was more fiscally responsible then the Liberals or the NDP.
commented 2015-03-31 19:26:37 -0400
WHOEVER is in power in Alberta needs to slash the bureaucracy, plain and simple. Where is the majority of the spending going? Health care. Each year the health care budget increases, and so do the wait times. The health care bureaucrats clamor for more money to get the job done, but it never does. And with all this increased spending, why can’t outlying areas (like, NOT Edmonton and Calgary) get doctors that stick around? I haven’t had a “family doctor” for 20+ years, because there’s a shortage where I live, and has been since I moved here 18 years ago. Suggests something, eh? Universal health care DOES NOT WORK, and it’s being proven across Canada. So, we need to find something that does. Same goes for the teachers’ union and the teachers’ bureaucracy. Everybody wants more to do less. Well, I work for a living, and have to DO more to GET less. Efficiency should be a watchword of this upcoming election, because any Albertan can tell you that our provincial election is anything but! (And watch the bureaucrats and union leaders cry foul, and use all kinds of emotional blackmail to “prove” their points…)
commented 2015-03-31 19:07:14 -0400
Stop thinking the elected personnel run anything lol. Myth. They speak in plain english to very well educated professionals who put that plain english into law. Those civil servants can and will make sure we get good care from our government. Elect a simple man and you’ll have accountable governance. Elect white collar thieves, and you’ll have Liberal leadership and massive deficits.

Liberals will continue to sell you out…better to elect someone who is used to WORKING for a living and can therefor RESPECT working class peoples wishes.
commented 2015-03-31 18:30:47 -0400
Liza – “Why should the people of Alberta have to pay the bill Alison racked up.”
Well, it wasn’t just Alison, but your point is well made. The Liberals or NDP would just carry on this red conservative party’s traditions of tax, tax, tax and spend, spend, spend. I just hope there is enough true fiscal conservatives left in this province to elect in the only alternative, the Wildrose.
commented 2015-03-31 18:26:36 -0400
Well David Kitchen, the NDP and Liberals do not have the skills either as they too have never been in office in Alberta, just the same as the Wildrose. It will be a cold day is hell before the Liberals on NDP take even a minority in the Alberta Legislature. The Wildrose can and will be the next government.
commented 2015-03-31 18:08:17 -0400
The Wildrose came into play when it became clear there was no real conservative party in Alberta anymore. They were an effective and growing opposition, and champions of conservatism.
Neck in neck with the PC’S, that is encouraging.
11.4 billion is no chump change. Its just such an insult, to be asked to pay even a penny more when the gov. won’t cut their spending. Why should the people of Alberta have to pay the bill Alison racked up.
- public sector wages above what the market is willing or can bear.
How did they go through Ralph’s surplus so fast. Prentice is a disgrace to expect this.
commented 2015-03-31 17:54:38 -0400
Who is left with skills to take over either ND or any Liberal.
commented 2015-03-31 17:49:06 -0400
Sad sad – who is left with skills to take over gov Alta. Smith caught between those radical extremist Alta people who flock to any new party and have destroyed many new start up parties. It’s like trying to herd chickens. Prent. Sucked Smith – PC’s have damaged Alta and need a kick in behind.
commented 2015-03-31 17:43:57 -0400
I don’t think any Jew wants to be known as a Commander
commented 2015-03-31 17:33:33 -0400
I am holding out hope that Albertans will finally see the corruption of this PC party and realize they have to go. Go Wildrose go!
commented 2015-03-31 17:28:31 -0400
Yeah, I’m thinking Rebel Commander.

PS: Ezra, I see that nobody is described as a “Rebel Commander” any more. What’s up with that?
commented 2015-03-31 17:09:13 -0400
loved the summation, “in with a bang and out with a text”.