Tuesday, May 29, 2007

In the interests of bipartisanship...

As President of the Alberta Young Liberals, I would just like to take this opportunity to help the Alberta Young Tories get a little publicity. Far too often, youth are too partisan and unwilling to work together, but I firmly believe that by helping each other, we can all benefit.

Anyways, here's the top story on their website and a big media hit they got in the Herald this morning:


Disenfranchised Young Tories

In 2004 a group of young Albertans decided to contribute to the betterment of PC Alberta, by joining the Party’s youth wing (at the time refer to exclusively as the PC Youth, now referred to as the Young PC’s or YAPCA).

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In early 2005 the Young PC’s had a website, pcya.ca. Unfortunately, PC Alberta controlled the site, in an attempt to control the messages going out. This forced the newly minted executive to created their own website and try to attract new members – www.yapca.com.

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It is however strange, that it was reported in the Calgary Herald (May 29, 2007) that PC Alberta in fact does not have any legal opinion but is “… seeking legal opinion as to whether the new youth executive elected this past weekend in Calgary is legitimate and can remain in place, she added. A decision is expected in a few weeks.” According to acting Executive Director of PC Alberta, Pat Godkin.

Clearly, the Young PC’s have reason to be concerned. An illegal election (in our opinion) may have been forced on the membership on May 26, 2007. PC Alberta has attempted to silence the Young PC’s through strong-arm tactics. Tactics, which some members of the Executive fear will only escalate. This in conjunction with $9,000 of funding being withheld, a Party Brass bent on controlling young PC’s, and a lack a of leadership within PC Alberta have left us with no choice, but to take our position to the court of public opinion.

PC Alberta members deserve to know that like the City of Calgary, no funds will come to YAPCA without strings attached so that the puppet masters can have Young PC’s do their bidding.

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3 Comments:

  • The best part of an article I read was that the former president of the Young PCs (I think it was the former President; either way it was a member of the former executive), a former _Reform Party_ member, said that if Dave Bronconnier was Liberal Leader, and there was an election, he would vote Liberal.

    Give the recent Bronco vs. Ed war going on of late, I think this gives you a good idea about how people are feeling about ol' Mr. Stelmach and Co. And these are people inside the party, mind you...

    By Blogger Philosophical Liberal, at 11:44 PM  

  • Thanks for the heads-up.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 1:01 AM  

  • It's almost like... well, how to describe this: every day I wake up and wonder what else could possibly go horribly, nay, terribly wrong for Ed Stelmach. I almost feel sorry for the guy... almost.

    Too bad he can still win an election with the rural vote. Cripes, I've harped about this before and will do it again now:

    WHERE THE HELL IS KEVIN TAFT???

    He should be kicking, screaming, foaming at the mouth, going on the hardcore offensive against Stelmach while he's down. Do the provincial Liberals have any plan at all to capitalize on Provincial PC woes? Cripes, the rent control debate is something they could hit out of the park if for cryin' out loud!!!!

    By Blogger Sean Cummings, at 6:55 AM  

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