Thursday, February 14, 2008

"It's that dream, that possibility, that should be more achievable here than anywhere else"

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I'm going to give Ed a break. Truth be told, I think the guy has probably already defeated himself anyways - the real question is whether Albertans will be able to bring themselves to vote in the Alberta Liberals.

So, in that spirit, today's post will stress ALP positives, rather than PC negatives. To start things off, here's a fantastic video where Kevin Taft talks about Alberta's future. Watching the last minute made me wish I was back there fighting the good fight...

The Globe also had a very good profile of Kevin earlier this week, featuring my favourite all-time quote of his, which I unfortunately can't use because it's anti-Ed and I'm being nice to Ed in this post.

The Liberals made a few more big announcements this week. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that there aren't a lot of seniors reading this blog but, if there are, this one's for you.

On Wednesday, the Liberals proposed a "cities charter", which would give stable funding and more power to Calgary and Edmonton. This is something I've been hoping the ALP would roll out, both for political and public policy reasons. It should play well to their urban base - especially in Calgary after all Stelmach has put them through.

Oh, and this fundraising pitch landed in my inbox this evening - great idea. So, if you're still looking for a Valentine's gift for that special someone, nothing says "I love you" like a $37 donation in their name to the Alberta Liberal Party.

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  • Wow, that video made me proud to be an Alberta Liberal.

    It's time...NOW!

    By Blogger Glen, at 11:57 p.m.  

  • Yes! But would the ALP be any different if it had power?

    It's a serious question.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 12:54 a.m.  

  • Flame me if you wish but they will NEVER win in Alberta as long as they carry the Liberal name. Alberta desperately needs some new leadership but Liberal is a four letter word around here. Blame Turdeau, most Albertan's will never forget how they were sacrificed for the Eastern good. I clearly remember friends who lost their houses and businesses when Alberta went from boom to bust almost overnight due to the NEP. Change the name and they will have a decent chance of forming government, that is a fact.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:28 a.m.  

  • Trevor - I've heard the arguments for and against a name change. I'm mixed on it and it'd be interesting to see what happened if they dropped it.

    Jimtan - being in opposition for so long and seeing corruption & arrogance so rampant has made this party into a group of people who, at the very least, don't want to be in a situation where they'll have to endure it again. Look at it this way, they'd rather play it safe.

    Although I do think they'd do it for ethical and good reasons, moving strong legislation forward to do things like set election dates, reduce corporate donations & influence, etc. would also be smart moves just to ensure that nothing like this happens again.

    Given the choice between a dynasty for 15 years or a new electoral configuration where two (or more) parties are competitive for decades to come, I'll take competition.

    By Blogger Glen, at 2:32 a.m.  

  • If they can't win (or come close) this election, I think support for a name change would get a lot stronger among the rank and file.

    I've been in favour of a name change for a long time.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 11:10 a.m.  

  • “Jimtan - being in opposition for so long and seeing corruption & arrogance so rampant has made this party into a group of people who, at the very least, don't want to be in a situation where they'll have to endure it again.”

    Do you know these guys well enough to be certain? Who will you be electing? Who’s the power in the ALP?

    Often, we project our hopes and desires onto our champions. But, what’s the reality beyond the sound bites?

    The New Government and harper came to power with such good intentions. However, their first year saw the triumph of ideology over good politics. In the second year, they shed all pretences at ethical behaviour.

    How will the ALP avoid the same trap, if they sweep to power? “We’ve to use any means to avoid another Conservative government!”

    In BC, the legislature is also two-party politics. Gordo Campbell got a shock at the last election. Thereafter, he consulted the NDP opposition on a number of issues. But, he pirogued the legislature when the NDP got too noisy.

    Winning an election is only the first step. Winning the peace is the next step.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 2:10 p.m.  

  • Fair enough, I'll grant you that Jimtan. At the end of the day though, on some level we have to take our leaders' words on what they'll do when they are elected. Otherwise, if don't believe a word they say, elections are pretty meaningless...

    I've been knocking on a lot of doors and repeatedly the same line I'm hearing is "well, the Tories gotta go so I sure hope you guys do know what you're doing." All I have is the ALP and Kevin's word on what they'll do and that's what I sell.

    By Blogger Glen, at 6:23 p.m.  

  • Taft believes Alberta is the "new centre" of the country? Or something like that?

    Um, ok... so which of Calgary and Edmonton gets to be the new Centre of the Universe?

    When's the first leaders' debate?

    By Blogger JG, at 7:54 p.m.  

  • Debate is Thursday, Feb 21.

    The Liberals in BC don't seem to need a name change so why should the Liberals in Alberta? If Alberta Liberals would come right out and state plainly that they are going to stand for fiscal conservativism, I don't think their name would hold them back from electoral success.

    Wildrose Alliance - Your Choice for Change

    By Blogger Brian Dell, at 9:10 p.m.  

  • "I've been knocking on a lot of doors"

    Good luck to you guys. Hope that you beat the guy who doesn't know his math.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 11:36 p.m.  

  • Indeed - we'll see what happens!

    By Blogger Glen, at 12:56 a.m.  

  • Top 4 new names for the Alberta Liberal Party:

    1) "No. Not THAT Liberal Party. Honest!"

    2) "The Party Formerly Known as Prince".

    3) "35 Years Out of Power, and Counting! Party"

    4) "Would you like fries with that? Party."

    By Blogger Möbius, at 8:01 p.m.  

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