Friday, August 24, 2007

Red Deer's Victor Doerksen Packs it In!

Victor Doerksen PC Red Deer South is not running again and announced it formally yesterday. This will not doubt be one of many MLAs who re-evaluate and reconsider their political status with the pending election. The political parties are already in the red zone of gearing up for election readiness even though it is likely months away, the reasonable speculation saying it is going to happen in the spring of 2008.

Stelmach has done is one-on-ones and has undoubtedly made his view known to some of the caucus and visa versa. This may be the first politician ot declare his intentions to not run but he will not be the last.

Elections for politicians are like the final game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and a tough job interview all rolled into one. They are always a cause for one to pause and think about the future. Winning or losing is only part of the consideration. Is politics still worth it is a big question.

The wary and weary factors also come into play, and leadership changes always add to the intensity of the question…one more time...or maybe not so much! Victor was from the social conservative side of the Progressive Conservative ledger. Stelmach is more of a social progressive and fiscal conservative. Victor did not show well in the PC leadership last year. He gets it and knows it is time to move on.

The environment and managing growth being the 800 pound gorilla in the election campaigns this time. Both of these elements will have to be obvious and presented with a sense of stewardship for a candidate or political party to be successful, or even acceptable, to the Alberta electorate this time out.

Stay tuned. More change is in the wind.