May 19, 2017

Why Alberta's conservative merger isn't worth celebrating

Ezra LevantRebel Commander
 

On last night's show, I explained why the merger of the Alberta PCs and the Wildrose is a step in the right direction but not worth celebrating yet.

Political correctness has crept into both parties, I note both Brian Jean and Jason Kenney condemning our rally at the Legislature because some in the crowd chanted, “Lock her up.”

WATCH to see how Notley may remain premier longer than expected, and why the Media Party is still the most powerful force in Alberta politics.

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commented 2017-05-21 13:21:53 -0400
Move on to what William Kay?
commented 2017-05-21 00:53:24 -0400
WILLIAM KAY—If you are surprised that the Think Tanks are staying away from the word Conservatism, try Immigration-Refugee .
Although Canadian Taxpayers Federation isn’t a Think tank, I contacted them and The Fraser Institute asking them why they hadn’t written much on Immigration in years considering it cost Canadian Taxpayers approximately 35 Billion yearly. That number is 10% of Canada’s expenses and they sway away from the subject like it was the plague. Can anyone imagine the waste they would find as even one Immigrant or Refugee going on Welfare for life would cost approximately $650,000.
The total waste would be in the Billions not Millions.
commented 2017-05-20 12:30:16 -0400
Hi How’s life everyone! Thanks for being there Ezra and keeping us informed encouraged and goof humoured!!💝👍🙃
commented 2017-05-20 00:40:11 -0400
Get rid of “RED CONSERVATIVES”!
commented 2017-05-19 22:07:01 -0400
The titles of “Conservative” and “Liberal” are just words. It’s the actions and beliefs that count. Slowly but surely I’m seeing Alberta’s free market, entrepreneurial spirit crushed. Unfortunately, wealth and success do seem to draw the Second Raters out of their rat holes. That same leftist poison that crushed much of Europe is eroding the freedoms in Wild Rose Country. In many instances, there’s more government intrusion here than in Europe and Jason Kenney seems to be infected by some of that same poison. My challenge to Jason is to embrace the free market, personal freedoms and behave like a classic liberal (not to be confused with the statism of the so-called Liberal party). And yes Jason, “lock her up”.
commented 2017-05-19 20:15:14 -0400
Only good if they clean house.
commented 2017-05-19 20:05:37 -0400
This merger is an exciting start to reclaiming our province. The leadership race will be step two. I was also disappointed at Kenney and Jean being critical of that rally. More so, was Rona Ambrose saying crappy things about it too. Many people have gone to town hall meetings and voiced what they expect to see in a new party. I read a letter in the paper stating that a more grass roots libertarian flavour is being attempted. I hope this is true. My feeling is that Ndp will be summarily trounced, no matter what, and the concession speech will be a highlight for many Albertans.
commented 2017-05-19 12:39:59 -0400
I just finished a comprehensive survey of 100 think tanks like the Cato Institute, Adam Smith Institute, Fraser Institute etc. I was struck by how few of them still rallying around terms like “right-wing” or even “conservative.” These are free market, limited government, pro-development groups. The term “conservative” has a long and twisted history and was often used by those who wanted big government even at the expense of economic development. Needless to say “The Right” for the first half of 20th century definitely referred to fascism and/or corporatism. Is it time to move on?
commented 2017-05-19 12:31:24 -0400
The Conservatives in Alberta have never been conservative. The people tend to be but the party has never been. The last conservative party of any significance in Alberta was the Social Credit Party.

Albertans were sucked into the left by Lougheed during the “charisma” era ushered in by PET. How PET had any charisma is beyond me. Politics now is about shallow pretty boys and nothing about foundational world view and platform.

Alberta politics kind of reminds me of the CFL. They just circulate the same handful of coaches around all the teams.