Wake Up Call is the polite way to describe Jim Dinning's "admonitions" to the elite in the Progressive Conservative Party.
To my mind he is right on in his comments. The next leader may end up being the Harry Strom equivalent of the PC Party. Mr Strom was the Social Credit leader at the time when Peter Lougheed captured the new mood of a young Alberta and swept into office in 1971. I was there and a door-knocker, phone-caller, foot soldier type for the emerging Lougheed government in those days.
Now I smell the democracy of dramatic change in the air again. The problem is the lack of acceptable choices. Citizens of Alberta are almost universally disgusted with the PCs. Most of us are terrified of what the Wildrose would do to Alberta, especially after seeing what their soul mates the Harper Conservatives have done to Canada.
As for the Liberal, they are just too boring to get behind and they seem like a one-man show. The NDP have been effective opposition parliamentarians but seem just too biased and ideologically focused to grasp the complexity of the next Alberta.
The next Alberta government has to have a servant leader culture capable of governing an comprehensive integrated balance of a prosperous economy, environmental stewardship and social well-being and inclusion in the face of rapid growth and change.
There is god news and bad news for Albertans as they choose their next government, not just the next leader of the PC Party who gets the job temporarily and by default. The good news is we have a prosperous foreseeable future with some bumps on the way no doubt. The bad news is that it will not happen by any autopilot public policy approaches. We will have to create that future ourselves.
Time is now for Albertans to pay attention and take stock of where we are, where we want to go and what it will take from all of use to make the changes needed to get there.
That still does not answer the question of what are the political options out there for us if not the current crop? I think the bad news is, it currently does not exist so, once again, just like Peter Lougheed did in the late 1960s early 70s, we have to create the option we want.
For me that is a socially progressive fiscally prudent and environmentally engaged political movement of citizens. We need a movement of citizens to get behind a group of their fellow citizens who want to serve the public interest through the greater good...with a long term view and not just helping those on "their side" and only up to the next election.
There is the embryo of such a movement as that now in the Alberta Party. Small but serious and all of a sudden growing leaps and bounds as Albertans have started thinking about the real changes they want. So if you are curious as to if the Alberta Party is for you, and you for it, click on Politicalmatch and take five minutes to check it out. I think you will be glad you did.