Thursday, December 15, 2011

Where's The Change Premier Redford Promsed?

Premier Mom,Alison Redford promised "change" when she was campaigning for the leadership.  She was going to get rid of the "old boy's club"  That was then this is now.

The "old boys club" is still alive and kicking.
Continuity with the old boys is most obvious in the recent entitlements the unchanged regime has imposed on us, the milliondollar-plus handshakes given to former premier Ed Stelmach and Speaker Ken Kowalski. Nor should we forget Gary Mar's transition from one trough in Washington, D.C., to another in Hong Kong. This is how the entitled old boys take care of themselves. When confronted with similar porcine problems in April 1993, former premier Ralph Klein showed leadership, changed the terms of the gold-plated pension plan and won the next election against all expectations.
In contrast, Tory party president Bill Smith has refused to say how much money Redford is getting in her top-up payment.
When Liberal MLA Hugh MacDonald asked about it in question period, Kowalski shut him down. In fact, we don't really know what the leader's expense reimbursement and benefit plan trust, a version of which began in Peter Lougheed's time, is used for. Party-related work, we're told. Does it include a new wardrobe? A haircut? A BMW? A trip to Maui? Nobody knows.
Redford initially indicated how change would be operationalized when she planned to cancel the fall sitting of the legislature. After considerable public outrage, she changed her mind. It was, however, a revealing display of her default position.
On health-care mismanagement, in July, Redford called for a judicial inquiry to uncover "the truth and put a stop to practices that go against my personal and political values." Many people understood her to mean queue-jumping orchestrated by bureaucrats and politicians to get their friends and family to the head of the line. But she changed her mind and called on the Health Quality Council, which reports to the government, to look at the problem - just what her predecessor had planned.
Then she made a cosmetic change that further obscured an already muddy issue. A judge would head the Health Quality Council investigation of queue-jumping, but not until sometime next year, when they finish an investigation of doctor intimidation. Thus, the big scandal - if there is one - will not be exposed until after the spring election.
And then came Bill 26, the new impaired driving law. The Herald called management of the bill "hamhanded." True enough, but why didn't the Tories consult with anyone beforehand or reconsider the consequences afterward? As with her initial decision to cancel the legislative session, Bill 26 exposed another default position: whenever possible, reinforce the nanny state.
Looks like nothing has changed.  It's the same old, same old.

Uncharacteristically for the PC's, Premier Mom has put out a TV ad. to counter the Wildrose ad. The election hasn't even officially started yet. Go watch both. at Hatrock's Cave.

I agree with Hatrock, I too think the PC's are nervous. I think the PC's know Wildrose could easily end their 40 year reign.  More and more PC MLA's everyday are stepping down and not running again in the next election.  What does that tell you?  Maybe they want to get out while the getting is good instead of going down to a devastating defeat.

It's clear after promising change Alison hasn't changed a thing. You want real change?  Change the government. I sense Albertans are ready for that, I feel it in the air. Time to get rid of the "old boy's club" party.


  1. Where's The Change Premier Redford Promsed?

    Hmmmm....I guess-no-she has to consult the teachers' union for their opinion first before submitting any promises she made frmgrl.

    Obama is doing the exact same to the unions, environmentalists and whatever.

  2. The article you quote from Barry Cooper in the Calgary Herald goes to what I was saying over at Hatrock's cave. There are two competing narratives evolving about Redford, and it's far from clear which one will win out. Other columnists in the Herald, like the influential Don Braid, are cutting Redford a lot of slack.

    I've got this uneasy feeling about how the Teacher's union will insert themselves into the campaign. I'm sure they are comparing notes with their comrades in Ontario, on how they brought down Hudak (even with his pandering to them, and having a teacher wife--it did him no good).

    And Mayor Nenshi is another wild card, seeing as how he is connected to Redford via their common campaign manager Stephen Carter.

    It's going to be a real challenge for Danielle. The deck is stacked against her in many ways, as she goes up against this powerful political machine.

  3. I went to my first ever political meeting on Tuesday, and met Danielle Smith.

    She is all common sense, articulate,
    and was non-partisan; and she identified solutions to issues brought up, in a snap.

    When Reform swept Alberta, they were polling at 6% (learned that at the meeting).

    incase you didn't see it, Ms Smith was on CBC special, Make the Politicians work

  4. I went to my first ever political meeting on Tuesday, and met Danielle Smith.

    I met her about a year ago when she was visiting my little town of Claresholm. I was very impressed how she knew the issues in detail.Next election is going to be an fun and exciting one.

  5. At Issue, end of season, Andrew Coyne picked Danielle Smith as the political person to watch in 2012,
    because Premier Mom won with a very very low turn out (a sign of change).

  6. At Issue, end of season, Andrew Coyne picked Danielle Smith as the political person to watch in 2012,

    Oh,I fully agree! Danielle IS the one to watch next year. 2012 will be an exciting year in Alberta. I'm looking forward to showing Alison Redford and the PC's the door and welcome in a new fresh Wildrose government with Danielle Smith in the Premier's chair.

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