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Friday, February 19, 2010

The Economist on the Wildrose Alliance

The Economist covers the recent development in Alberta party politics. The magazine suggests that there is an echo of the Tea-Party movement in the Wildrose Alliance. Besides a similar agenda of smaller government this claim is pretty unsubstantiated. But the rest of it they got about right.

It is impressive that a political party with only three seats is receiving international press. According to the CTV, Premier Stelmach is unconcerned, or at least he says he is.

The truth is that he should be concerned. Unless the PCs dump Mr. Stelmach at their next party conference, the Progressive Conservative dynasty is coming to an end.

Posted by Hugh MacIntyre on February 19, 2010 | Permalink


Who would they replace him with?

Ed made a speech at the AB Winter Games, in Bonnyville, a couple of weeks back. I've never seen such a poor reception. Even the young kids were making sarcastic comments, which I have to believe, they've picked up at home. I think he's had it, and so has the party.

Posted by: dp | 2010-02-19 5:51:38 PM

It's a mistake to take The Economist seriously on a lot of matters, and especially on matters Canadian. The Economist has no expertise or familiarity with this country at all, and last time I looked seemd to have no interest in acquiring any. For many years they covered Canada through a single stringer in Montreal. Try to imagine the depth of their insight into Alberta affairs.

It's always interesting to know what bizarre notions these ignorant foreigners are peddling, but you can't take them seriously.

Posted by: ebt | 2010-02-20 10:31:34 AM

Let's see what if any re-alignments occur now that the Alberta Party/the Rebooters/the Renewers are all in the fold of the Alberta Party now.


Probably the best opportunity for real change rests with this group. The Wildrose still has the Alliance component to contend with and also the growing number of PCs who are deserting the mother ship in increasing numbers.

Posted by: Calgary Clippper | 2010-02-20 1:14:09 PM

Frankly I find the Economist a socialist rag from the times I have read it. They also have been wrong numerous times. Their most famous is their declared a decade ago for $5 oil. LOL

Posted by: Faramir | 2010-02-21 2:25:50 PM

Is the "Alliance" in the WRAP name in reference to the church of the same name? If not, what are they in alliance with? If so, they won't be getting my vote. Not that they would anyway. I don't trust them any more than I do the present "right wing" party. When a party pops up that is concerned more about people than money and big business, I will get interested in Alberta politics again. Until then, I will do my usual protest vote. Wheres the "X" for the elephant party?

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-02-22 12:44:22 PM

The Wildrose Alliance was born out of a merger of the Wildrose Party and the Alberta Alliance Party.

Posted by: Hugh MacIntyre | 2010-02-23 6:28:20 AM

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