Until recently we had a fairly viable opposition party in Alberta. Today we stand severely wounded, while the Conservatives enjoy a very large majority. This opens the door for the Prentice Conservatives to do as they wish with only the news media and a small group to be the official opposition.
Recently, we were informed the government aircraft have been sold. No mention to whom, or for how much, or was a proper tendering process even present.
Now we’re hearing that health care premiums may be brought back. No mention whether they will be based on income or just a standard premium for all.
As you know, MLA D. Smith would have fought these moves in the legislature. Now her job is much easier, while the remaining opposition will have to be extremely vocal to even be heard in the house.
During the last election, MLA Smith spoke quite strongly about ending the Canada Pension Plan and replacing it with the Alberta Pension Plan. Her argument being too much inefficiency at the federal level. I believe MLA Smith was even more right-wing than the present Conservatives. So what lies ahead with this new political arrangement? It could be quite an eye opener.
It didn’t take Alta Link long to find a new owner, while power consumers are busy paying for the infrastructure. One wonders what might be next, perhaps it might be the Edmonton Oilers.
I believe all Wildrose deserters should have to face a bye-election. If they truly believe in democracy, as I’m sure they do, then have the spirit to do the right thing.