Monday, May 10, 2010

Stelmach slaps Alberta in the face

Thanks Ed.  Thanks for nothing. Thanks for negating decades of work by Albertans to make Alberta an equal partner in Confederation and reforming our democracy.  Instead, you will continue relegate our jurisdiction to colony status all out of fear and all for your own political gain. 

Thanks for negating Alberta history and the win of Canada's first elected Senator, Stan Waters, as well as Bert Brown, who our current PM appointed, and our currently elected Senators-In-Waiting, Cliff Breitkreuz, Ted Byfeld, and Betty Unger.

As the six year term of three is to come to end in December of this year, and that civic elections are being held this fall to coincide with another senate election, thanks for forgoing that, essentially slapping the majority of Albertans who want an elected senate.

And the timing couldn't be more telling, especially when the Harper-led Conservative federal government recently introduced a bill to encourage provinces to elect senators who would then be appointed by the Prime Minister.

Thanks Ed.

And citing costs is the weakest argument.  Isn't democracy worth it?  By that logic, we shouldn't bother electing MLAs anymore either. Too costly ya know.

And thanks Ed.  You've now made us pro-senate reform Albertans folks look like hypocrites. 

And as if anyone would have really equated the provincial party that a senate candidate would have to run under and their win in another party as a vote against your Progressive Conservative party and government because once appointed to the senate, they would likely sit with the federal governing party's caucus anyway, you know, the party you should try to work with more.

But thanks Ed, you've only given us MORE reason to not support you or your PC government and support a provincial party that fully supports senate reform.

3 comments:

Wayne said...

I have some friends who are very much into the PC party and up until this, backed it against any criticism.

They are still PC but believe this is very stupid on behalf of Ed. Like it or not, a large number of (former?) PC backers in Alberta were loyal reformers. This is just telling them to piss off and join the Wildrose.

Anonymous said...

The Alberta PC party has always put its electorsl fortunes ahead of good policy. In a province supposedly dominated by reformers and conservatives we do not see any conservative initiatives in Alberta. There is no recall legislation, no referendum law, we can't balance our budget, taxpayer funded abortions continue and now the elected senators are on the back burner. Alberta should have been a leader and pioneer of Reform ideas and it is not. The Reform platform was either nonsense that no one believed or the PC party did not see these deomcratic initiatives in its favour. Either way, the conservative movement in Alberta is lame. Despite ubersupport provincially no conservative legislation has been adopted in Alberta.

We send an Alberta to the PMO and where is his "conservative" roots? Record deficits, abortion is still legal. What we get is "tough on crime" pablum.

In Alberta, people call themselves "Conservative" to mean they are not Liberal. They do not however hue to any conservative principles.

Anonymous said...

The Alberta PC party has always put its electorsl fortunes ahead of good policy. In a province supposedly dominated by reformers and conservatives we do not see any conservative initiatives in Alberta. There is no recall legislation, no referendum law, we can't balance our budget, taxpayer funded abortions continue and now the elected senators are on the back burner. Alberta should have been a leader and pioneer of Reform ideas and it is not. The Reform platform was either nonsense that no one believed or the PC party did not see these deomcratic initiatives in its favour. Either way, the conservative movement in Alberta is lame. Despite ubersupport provincially no conservative legislation has been adopted in Alberta.

We send an Alberta to the PMO and where is his "conservative" roots? Record deficits, abortion is still legal. What we get is "tough on crime" pablum.

In Alberta, people call themselves "Conservative" to mean they are not Liberal. They do not however hue to any conservative principles.