The Progressive Conservatives had their final debate before the March 18th vote for a new leader. Candidates answered questions ranging from municipal-provincial relations, to the economy, but there were two topics they disagreed on – unity and the carbon tax.
In my opinion, Richard Starke and Byron Nelson are way off on unity. Starke says it isn’t an option because a third party will be Wildrose 2.0, too far right, and that if people wanted to vote for Wildrose, they’d be the governing party right now.
Nelson’s equally weak excuse is that unification would take too long to organize and conservatives wouldn’t win an election until 2023.
As for a carbon tax, Nelson supports the idea and we all know how the majority of Albertans feel about this cash grab that will just line the government’s pockets.
Overall, Nelson has two points against him because he’s on board with a carbon tax and he’d rather rebuild the Progressive Conservative party than unite and create a third party.
Starke has one point against him because he’s also against the unification plan.
That leaves only one man for the job.