If the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) has their way, there’s a chance that the province could have another Alison Redford type in charge.
The ATA plan seems to be to buy memberships in the Wildrose Party in order to influence the vote on unity.
You may recall that Redford was the surprise winner of the Progressive Conservative Party leadership contest in 2011. She became Premier in April 2012 only to step down in 2014 after a series of spending scandals.
Well, her surprise victory was made possible by the ATA, a union with tens of thousands of members who she made promises to in exchange for votes.
I'll show you a memo sent to Rockyview Local 35 by Annette Forer, chair of the political engagement committee, that hints at what's next.
The way to prevent another Redford situation is for conservatives to mobilize and vote especially in the Wildrose Party where 75 per cent of the membership must agree on unity.
The latest news is that there’s trouble in the party. President Jeff Callaway reports that a movement to vote no for unity unless Brian Jean gets out of the way, is gaining traction.
I don’t think it’s an accident that the ATA memo encouraged members to join the Wildrose because they saw the chink in the armour and wanted to capitalize on a divided party.
This is predictable behaviour from the ATA who claim success in influencing election results before.
I don’t know about you, but my idea of success certainly doesn’t include Alison Redford.