Will leadership change at PC mean anything?

Dear editor,

Governments are elected to govern, Alberta is being shortchanged.

The Social Credit Party ruled Alberta well over 30 years with a strong leader. The leader stepped down and a new leader took over but was somewhat weaker and the Social Credit Party was on the way out.

The Alberta Progressive Conservative (PC) party has now ruled for nearly forty years and now have a real shaky leader. The present leader happened to be running third in the P.C. leadership race and by some voting system no one seems to understand, Mr. Ed Stelmach became the leader of the PC party and then the premier of Alberta.

The PC Party won the last election handily but the voter turnout was down as people of Alberta didn’t seem to feel there was alternative.

The latest rumour to come out of the Alberta PC group is that the present leader will retire in 2011 and thus improve party popularity for the future. The rumour also has it that the PCs are preparing to install Ted Morton, the present finance minister, as the new leader and we have witnessed in the past that this party has different methods of selecting its leaders.

If Mr. Morton was to become the new leader, then money crunching would be high priority and Alberta would no doubt see a new provincial tax come into being. A new provincial sales tax would not benefit most Albertans as the crowd around the infamous trough would gulp down all the new taxes.

A flock of geese flying in “V” formation changes leaders in the front with no real change noticed. The PC leadership would be similar as the party would carry on as before. After both of the above mentioned groups changed leaders, there would be little change and would appear to be just a gaggle of geese.

Dave France


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