Saturday, April 01, 2006

Breakfast Thoughts

The people who I have met so far that voted Yes seem pretty pleased with themselves. Smug even. But no one so far has a good reason for voting the way they did - not that I would presume to dictate how someone uses their democratic vote, but I would like to hear a good reason from someone before I leave the convention.

Our Premier told the voting public that he would leave in three and three quarter years AND THEY STILL VOTED FOR HIM. Actually, despite it all we won a majority government - a clear mandate from the people of Alberta. Then he was honest with everyone and said he was retiring and (whether or not we agree with the date) AND a LEADERSHIP RACE IS ALREADY UNDERWAY.

Now - well who knows? The headlines in the paper this morning are NOT a good start to our new era. What of all the renewal efforts that we have struggled so hard to obtain? Now, we are facing a big unknown. Let's hope we can stay united as a party and that we can still find some validity in our Leadership Race and selection - the LAST thing we need now is to head straight into a Jim Dinning Coronation.

5 comments:

Jim said...

"Our Premier told the voting public that he would leave in three and three quarter years AND THEY STILL VOTED FOR HIM. Actually, despite it all we won a majority government - a clear mandate from the people of Alberta."

Now, now. Let's be clear on this--he won a majority government with less than half of the votes cast.

Allie said...

You liberals/ndp/other always use the same argument, but still you seem to lose. Now if only you could win a majority govt with half the votes cast. Then you'd be hey look we won!

Jim said...

Just sayin'. As far as Klein standards go in this crazy, magical place that we call Alberta, it was hardly an overwhelming mandate.

You really can't apply a normal yardstick to political success in this province, and I'm sure you know that.

Brian C said...

Allie, were you able to talk to No voters as well and get an idea as to who they WERE supporting? I listened to an overt Manning cheerleader on Rutherford today explain why he voted No.

Allie said...

Yes I did talk to more than a few no voters belonging to certain leadership camps. Getting the leadership race started and their guy in seems to be the primary motivations for it.

What bothers me more is the people who voted that way just because they were told to.