March 30, 2015

Danielle Smith's fall is great news for Jim Prentice -- but not for Alberta

Rebel Staff

When Danielle Smith defected from the Wildrose Party, she foolishly failed to negotiate a guaranteed spot on the PC ticket.

Local grassroots party members promptly rejected Smith, leaving her without a seat.

Why is anyone surprised?

If someone's chief claim to fame is disloyalty, why should she expect loyalty in return?

I explain why Smith's fall from grace is more than just a personal, modern day Greek tragedy -- it's a disaster for Alberta, politically and economically.


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commented 2015-03-30 19:43:18 -0400
This is totally staged. Smith is not stupid. She led a new party in Alberta – she did not get their by not being many steps ahead of her opponent. The PCs pulled her away from Wildrose with a big fat check (aka kickback) to her offshore account. It’s that simple. The rest is fodder for the media.
commented 2015-03-30 15:54:46 -0400
“This is no time to go wobbly” was Margaret Thatcher’s advise to Gearge H.W. Bush. That was leadership and the strength to endure and stand on principle. We have seen that Danielle Smith had no fortitude or strength of conviction, she was wobbly at the first sign of troubled waters. It is a good thing she is gone . Short term pain for long term gain.
commented 2015-03-30 15:42:10 -0400
Prentice is a quick study and people already know they don’t like him. Why are some afraid Wildrose is too right of centre? What are some afraid of to vote Liberal just to get the pc’s out? Wildrose needs to make people believe they will be a true conservative voice for the province. I’m afraid that since Ralph, the liberals have made big strides in Alberta. I don’t think it bodes well. It would be great to see Brian Jean pull it off.
commented 2015-03-30 15:17:18 -0400
I disagree with Ezra at 2:36 as there’s still a Wildrose Party and it elected Brian Jean its new leader. Let’s give him a chance before we just coronate Jim Prentice and proceed with its devolution.
commented 2015-03-30 15:17:18 -0400
I disagree with Ezra at 2:36 as there’s still a Wildrose Party and it elected Brian Jean its new leader. Let’s give him a chance before we just coronate Jim Prentice and proceed with its devolution.
commented 2015-03-30 15:15:14 -0400
No, Smith’s defeat is certainly no surprise. She got her just deserts. But Alberta has long stopped being “the model in terms of smaller government”. It has been in the grip of the progressives for years; it’s what led to the rise of Wild Rose.

Hopefully, enough Albertans will see Prentice for the progressive weasel that he is; enough to see Wild Rose recover from the sorry Smith defection.
commented 2015-03-30 14:47:13 -0400
I hope people will give the Wildrose party a chance next election.

I have heard one main dispute to voting for the Wildrose from the people I have talked to:

They say they have no experience in running a government. My response is, how much experience did the PCs have in running a government in 1971 when they took office from the Social Credit party?
commented 2015-03-30 14:17:58 -0400
Let’s be very clear about this. The people never voted for Danielle because she had nice hair or a pretty face. They voted for what she stood for. At least what she said she stood for. There is still sentiment in voters for a smaller, more efficient government. That will not leave or die with one politician. There will be another eventually who can rally the crowd, to do what must be done.
commented 2015-03-30 13:56:27 -0400
The Wildrose is not dead — just it’s former leader. As a non-fan of the current Alberta Conservative party, and as an extreme skeptic of the provincial Liberal and NDP parties, there doesn’t seem to be an alternative to fiscal obfuscation and waste… not that the bureaucracy or the Unions (teachers, public service, health care) would agree to the slashing that desperately needs to be done, regardless of who’s in power). Prentice is telling us what he thinks we want to hear, the provincial NDP (like any other province) would be tax and spend into oblivion, and we’ve seen to much of other provincial Liberal parties to trust this one (sorry, Ontario… and Quebec… and New Brunswick… and BC… and…). The only alternative party, whose policies one can still read, is Wildrose. Sure, it’s been badly wounded/damaged by the defections (and those defectors appear to be getting their comeuppance! Gotta love Karma!), but is there really any other choice?

Yes, there is — protest by destroying a ballot. Unfortunately, very ineffective. Maybe we DO need a “none of the above” choice on the ballot card…
commented 2015-03-30 13:40:26 -0400
Ezra – We in Highwood voted for Fischer to give Smith the slap she deserved, but we won’t vote for Fischer in an election. We’ll vote for Wayne Anderson, the Wildrose candidate. Just because a person has a PC Party membership, that doesn’t mean they vote PC!
commented 2015-03-30 13:40:24 -0400
People should not be counting Alberta as being down and out. Alberta still has a lot going for it, despite the drop in oil prices. Albertans are of tough pioneering stock and the province will rebound. My only concern is that in the up-coming provincial election, the Liberal Party might resurge and make inroads into Conservative “territory”; and, that would be the end of the province!
commented 2015-03-30 13:13:50 -0400
I don’t agree Ezra. If she were to have stayed as an opposition leader I would have understood, however, switching parties is really a crap shoot at the best of times The constituents/members of the PC party in her riding had just lost a hard fought election against her. They very likely had no love lost for her. If she did this so unwisely and not thought through, what type of Premier would she have been? She has made other poor judgement choices along the way as well. The people of her riding have to be respected. I don’t think they’ve managed to destroy their province with this decision