The Globe and Mail Gary Mason recently wrote an insightful piece on the possibility of enhanced political fortunes of the Alberta Party. With the shifting attitudes of Albertans of ennui, uncertainty and distrust of the establishment political parties with a well founded fear of the socially conservative Wildrose. People are looking for an alternative preferred future.
The Alberta Party is becoming just that preferred alternative for socially progressives and fiscally prudent citizens who are looking for some fresh ideas and renewed energy to change the political culture of the province.
Young, informed engaged citizens who want a different future for themselves and future generations are leading this values based political shift. Progress in Alberta for these folks must be more responsible and sustainable than the current offerings of the established left-versus-right hyper-partisanship inherent in the current politics of the province.
With the PCs in a leadership campaign, it is a good time to think about what kind of Alberta you want and what you intend to do to achieve it. There will be lots of change talk in the next 4 to 6 months. There always is in political campaign, including leadership races.
Can real change happen in ways we want and need to at least restore a civil polity that is focused on public interest not just winning or preserving political power. Can we trust the current governing party and the wannabe opposition parties to create a truly caring, capable and statesmanship approach to governing?
Must we settle for the Wildrose, the so-called "only viable alternative" in an extremely socially conservative, government killing, narrow-minded Alberta version of the American Republicans?
It's time for change and change is in the air. It will not happen by accident. It must be created by citizens who get engaged, get informed and get clarity about what they want from government and governance. I think it's time to create a viable refreshing and authentically progressive political alternative to all the current batch of status quo parties.
For me that means its time to give the Alberta Party a chance to change things for a positive and progressive Alberta for all of us.
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