Alberta Look Out - Here Comes the Wild Rose Alliance
The Conservative Party in Alberta has been in power since 1971. Some of the noteworthy leaders were Peter Lougheed, Don Ghetty and Ralph Klein, who retired recently to make way for Ed Stelmach.
The last election in Alberta had voter turn out of about 40%. This was mainly due to the fact that Albertan saw no clear alternative to the Conservatives. Ed Stelmach and his merry crew of Conservatives easily took 72 of 83 seats in the Provincial Legislature.
Alberta is running a deficit for the first time in a decade. Programs are being slashed from the Provincial Health Care System. The two most notable are the revamping of the Senior Drug benefit and canceling the entitlement for sex change operations. Guy Boutilier, MLA for Fort McMurray, recently slammed his own government for canceling a Long Term Care Centre that had been promised to the community. He paid the price and was kicked out of caucus. He now sits as an independent. The administration of the H1N1 vaccine was also a boondoggle.
With the emergence of the Wildrose Alliance, lead by Danielle Smith, it seems Albertans have found an alternative. The party won a recent by-election in Calgary. A recent Angus Reid Poll shows that the party clearly leads in every region of the province.
A poll of 1000 Albertans gives the Wildrose Alliance a clear double digit lead over the Conservative Party. If an election was called tomorrow, 39% of voters would vote for Danielle Smith, while Ed Stelmach Stelmach's Conservatives and David Swann's Liberals would get 25% of voter support. Brian Mason, New Democratic Party would get 9%. The remaining 2% would go to other parties.
Albertans are clearly showing their discontent for the Stelmach Government and its disregard for voters.
Alberta Look Out, Here comes Danielle Smith and her Wildrose Alliance.
The Wildrose Alliance party would form the next provincial government in Alberta if an election were held tomorrow, according to a new poll of decided voters that gives the right-of-centre party a double-digit lead in popular support over the long-ruling Tories.
A new Angus Reid Public Opinion survey of 1,000 Albertans, provided exclusively to the Calgary Herald, suggests 39 per cent of voters would cast a ballot for Danielle Smith and the Wildrose Alliance.
The fledgling party is pulling away from Premier Ed Stelmach's Progressive Conservatives, who were tied with David Swann's Liberals for second place with the backing of 25 per cent of decided voters provincewide, according to the poll.
Brian Mason and the NDP are in fourth spot with the support of nine per cent of Alberta voters, while two per cent said they would vote for another party.