Monday, April 12, 2010

New ALP Slogan Unveiled

The Alberta Liberal Party: Shooting Ourselves in the Foot for Nearly a Century

Grit MLA goes independent

Dave Taylor, the party’s former deputy leader, the Calgary MLA many Liberals wanted as their top gun 16 months ago, will sit as an independent beginning Monday.

He is fed up with the Liberals as the main opposition on paper but nowhere near that in performance.

“We just don’t have a position that’s obvious to anybody on most things. I’m sorry, but we don’t. For two years now, we haven’t really stood for anything, with a few notable exceptions,” says Taylor, who spearheaded the party’s oilpatch-friendly policy on royalties.

“The Liberals are pretty much off the radar. We’re not talking about or standing for things in a way that translates to Albertans. Most Albertans have passed the Liberals by. People aren’t even politely curious.”

“I don’t think I can serve my constituents or other Albertans in the way they deserved to be served within the Liberals. They’re just too unfocused, too lacking in the ability to connect with the people of Alberta.”

“I just don’t see things happening. I feel I’ve tried.”

Given Taylor's reputation for being a tad on the lazy side, it should come as no surprise that he's tired. And the man certainly hasn't gotten over his loss in 2008's David versus David showdown.

But this is a big blow. And with Kent Hehr rumoured to be running for mayor of Calgary, the ALP's caucus size and credibility could be shrinking even further.

This, at a time when vote splitting on the right actually gives ththe party a legitimate shot at power...if it could ever get its act together.



  • I'm not sure linking to LAST ELECTION'S PLATFORM does anything except bolster Dave Taylor's point, CG.

    But yup, it's a mess for the libs.

    By Anonymous Yeah, but..., at 9:39 AM  

  • I wonder if Taylor will join the WRA? That'd be a fun mix.

    By Blogger Volkov, at 10:03 AM  

  • "vote splitting on the right actually gives ththe party a legitimate shot at power..."

    And Iggymania will sweep Alberta in the next federal election.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 11:45 AM  

  • I wonder if we will see a split in the Liberal caucus

    ie: two Liberal caucuses form Taylor Liberals and Swann Liberals.

    something akin to the split in the Liberal party that happened federally with Laurier Liberals

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:11 PM  

  • Disappointing.

    By Blogger Avnish, at 12:30 PM  

  • Any chance Stelmach entices him to the gov't side? Or would that just reinforce WRA attacks against Steady Eddie further eroding the PC base?

    By Anonymous crocker jarmon, at 12:31 PM  

  • I'm not inclined to vote Liberal federally or provincially but the day the Liberals picked Swann over Taylor was, to my mind, the day the party died. Taft at least got some headlines once in a while but I can't think of the last time I've even heard of anything Swann has said reported in the media.

    By Blogger Joe, at 2:43 PM  

  • nuna - Now, now. I said IF they had their act together...

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 2:46 PM  

  • I suspect Taylor's end game is to try and force Swann out, then rejoin the Liberals, but who knows?

    I don't really see him joining the WRA...maybe the PCs, but that would still be a tough fit.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 2:47 PM  

  • I think the Alberta Party has found its new leader.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:57 PM  

  • Exactly anon2:57!
    It worked for the Sask Party next door so why not..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:00 PM  

  • Anon 4:00pm, the only thing it will do is divide the Liberal even further. Not a good idea, unless the entire party goes along with it.

    In fact all of this talk of irrelevancy, I never bought that. I actually thought the Alliance was a good thing for the Liberals; they Liberals could have walked out of the next election 20 - 25 seats on the biases of vote splitting. But now, I am concerned that Liberals might divide their vote so much that there won't be a Liberal Party left after this.

    Anon- 2:57

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:27 PM  

  • Of course there is a Liberal party. Its called the Progressive Conservative Party.

    By Blogger Joe, at 6:02 PM  

  • This has been coming for months. Taylor hadn't succeeded in looking at all enthusiastic. I'll bet Chima moves him to the "Progressive Party" - he desperately needs to lead.

    Once Donn is home maybe there will be a decision - mayor? With Taylor, Hehr, Stewart it would be sure to split the progressive vote and ensure McIvor a free ride.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:34 PM  

  • To think that Taylor was the "everything's fine with the brand" candidate in the leadership race, and swann was the guy promising to put everything on the table. Taylor got what he wanted except for the job, his campaign people run the party, and NOW he decides that the party isn't getting anywhere. Odd. And I'd say his resignation letter reads just like it was cribbed from the renew Alberta/ Alberta party announcements of late. I would be unsurprised to see him in that process in the near future.

    By Blogger Gauntlet, at 10:54 PM  

  • Why don't you bother to attribute your quotes?
    Unless you do it's plagiarism, and it really degrades the quality of your blog.
    It really doesn't take too much work to say you cut and paste most of the post from Rick Bell's Calgary Sun article - does it?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:18 PM  

  • Anon 11:18pm, if you click on the link "Grit MLA goes independent" it will take you to the article that the quote is from.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:38 AM  

  • The more interesting news is what's going on with the leadership of the PC Party and the unofficial campaigns to dump Ed.

    Only a few months from now "Ted Morton is the Man" might be getting a much heavier rotation on the airwaves.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:20 AM  

  • Anon 11:18 probably *is* Rick Bell, crying for more attention.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:30 PM  

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