May 15, 2015

Preston Manning wants to fix conservatism in Alberta -- right after he destroyed it

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Preston Manning's meddling lead Alberta Wildrose members to defect to the Conservatives, and the result was an unprecedented NDP majority.

He's the "losingest" political strategist on Canada's right, but so what?

The Globe & Mail is pleased to carry Manning's advice about "rebuilding conservatism in Alberta" -- right after he destroyed it.

Wait until you hear his "sage" advice.

Go enjoy your retirement, Preston!

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commented 2015-05-15 21:58:33 -0400
Preston has gone senile. Pity him.
commented 2015-05-15 21:50:42 -0400
Preston has lost his marbles, and is just entertaining himself. Why he is being tolerated at this point, is beyond me. If he cared about the future of the Alberta Conservative party, and this country, he would not be so cavalier. We don’t ever need to hear from him again.
commented 2015-05-15 21:39:32 -0400
Michael Doll – “Mannings efforts at the federal level DID bring about PMSH’s consecutive majorities.”

Does PMSH mean Prime Minister Stephen Harper? If so, then you should be aware that Harper has only had one majority, the 2011 election. There is no consecutive majorities. … yet.

Michael – "It surprises me the number of Albertan-all-my-life folks who think that the NDP here will somehow be different than everywhere else that they’ve brought to have-not provincial status. "

That is for sure. I have a hard time understanding this about the born Albertans that voted NDP. I think they will regret they voted NDP in a couple of years when they start seeing exactly what the NDP are really like.

Sorry Rest of Canada, but your allowance will be cut off soon. Then you will wish you had not parties so hard at the NDP win in Alberta. (of course, I am speaking to the left wing ROC.)
commented 2015-05-15 18:17:44 -0400
‘More Light Please.’ Right.
commented 2015-05-15 16:41:06 -0400
Split conservative parties in Canada handed that utter pig chretien his 10 years of fraud and theft of federal coffers.
Manning built the split rather than building a merge – any idiot could see what a split conservative vote would do.

Manning in Alberta strikes again – that voters would ignore dismantling the Wild Rose – Wild Rose was built because the PCs turned into a bunch of liberal pigs.
Hang it up Manning – or go hang yourself. Either move will be appreciated by Canada.
commented 2015-05-15 16:15:54 -0400
Indeed there isn’t a CINO Preston doesn’t like. He has always been the force to humilate and marginalize conservatives in nominally conservative parties. Ezra used to maintain a grudging respect for Preston but it sounds like, from his tone, that has ended. FWIW, the WildRose actually fared worse than the last election. Although they secured more seats, their popular vote was significantly lower.
commented 2015-05-15 16:10:53 -0400
Presto! has gone senile methinks……………..
commented 2015-05-15 15:22:40 -0400
Mannings efforts at the federal level DID bring about PMSH’s consecutive majorities. The division on the right at the federal level was so severe that those who wanted power for the sake of having power left the PC and Reform parties, and ultimately the conservatives in the parties were what was left. This is, to some extent, what happened when Danielle Smith left to the PCs. It’s the whole “ten years in the wilderness” part of the process that I don’t like.

It surprises me the number of Albertan-all-my-life folks who think that the NDP here will somehow be different than everywhere else that they’ve brought to have-not provincial status. This is one protest vote that will bring home why protesters are usually not leadership material.
commented 2015-05-15 14:25:00 -0400
I agree with Ezra. Preston Manning, retire and spend your remaining days with your family!
commented 2015-05-15 13:22:19 -0400
Wow, all I can say is good thing that was published in the east ;-), I don’t know where to start…
1) Yes lets make Alberta a true have not province I’m sure Quebec and Ontario will share. no oil capital investment anymore. (10 Billion+ a year in Cap ex! may still happen) That’s about 4 new car factories in Ontario
2) Lets destroy the Wild Rose again, I didn’t do a good enough job last time. Honestly Preston how’s dads’ Social Credit party doing today?, UFA (good business), Liberals 1 seat … Loosing parties in Alberta are retired!
3) The PC had Jim, so who remembers the leader after Harry in SC? Good luck Rick dissolve the PC party and try to join the grass roots of the Wild Rose or Alberta Party much better long term strategy.
4) The Wild Rose healed much faster than the PC party wished. Nice vote splitting in Cow town guys.
5) Alberta births a lot of political parties, one more appeared this election by winning a seat.
commented 2015-05-15 13:03:58 -0400
Advice for the Wildrose Party: Stay as far away from Preston Manning as you can.
commented 2015-05-15 12:29:46 -0400
Manning, you have no idea what true conservatism is, but I will lay money that all the sheep who voted for the NDP in error, will be voting for the right in the next election. They are about to get a lesson in the differences between capitalism and communism, thanks to you, Prentice and Danielle. Keep your grubby hands out of our democratic system. The WR would have won the next election, but you couldn’t help thinking how superior you are, in comparison to the public.
commented 2015-05-15 12:09:07 -0400
Taking lessons from Preston Manning on what conservatism is and how to build a genuine and intelligent conservative party in Alberta would be like taking lessons in Euclidean Geometry from a tutor with early onset dementia.
commented 2015-05-15 11:46:05 -0400
When Preston Manning decides to humble himself, accept some responsibility and offer a sincere apology to conservatives in Alberta for how royally he messed up, let me know — I might listen to him then.