I started blogging about politics back during the 2006 election when I became fed up watching the arrogance and antics of the then governing Liberals. Revelations on Adscam became daily breaking news, Paul Martin was trying to be all things to all people by making everything his number 1 priority and was again trying to scare Canadians with the campaign of fear against the CPC. That was a long time as well as a few elections ago and today the Liberals have been reduced to third party status and we have a strong stable conservative majority government in Ottawa; things are looking good.
But while many of us in Alberta were working hard in any we we could trying to get that majority in Ottawa, a funny thing happened. We let our guard down and ignored what was happening in our own backyard as the party that most of us have supported for up to 40 years, the PCAA, became something other than what I would call conservative.
They started passing more nanny state laws, making government bigger, harming the economy by tinkering with electricity, land rights, royalties, spending more money than we have, going as far as to abolish law that their own party passed saying that they would not run deficits, and as we have seen of late have been involved in multiple (50+) shady dealings regarding donations and the soliciting of donations.
It is like I am back in 2006 but only this time it isn't the Liberals, it is the so called Progressive Conservative Party of my own province that are the culprits.
The PC's have gone off the rails conservatively, fiscally, ethically and after 40 yrs have run out of ideas on how to govern other than by increasing government size and power while claiming (how I enjoy it when my gov't lies to me) that it is either for our own good or that it is what 'Albertans have asked' them to do. They have lost sight of the line that exists between party and government and are treating Alberta as some type of fiefdom where they can spend our money at will and where party cronies are appointed to almost every board, agency, committee and position out there.(Mar, Hughes,and Charlebois being prominent examples)
Even the arrogance has reached a level that rivals that of the Liberals of '06.
The PC's rarely if ever admit that they are wrong; when confronted with details of illegal donations they are quick to blame those that gave the money rather than look to themselves, when promises of fixed election dates and judicial health inquiries get morphed into something not even close to the original promises they smile and say that they have 'fulfilled' those promises and paint anyone who suggests otherwise as angry. They go on a cross province taxpayer funded cabinet tours one week and then to Jasper the next meeting up with unelected PC candidates treating us as fools when they say that it is not campaigning or partisan. Even Thursdays budget is going to contain the whopper that our budget will be balanced in 2013, though I have yet to meet a single person who actually believes this to be true, the PC's will maintain that they're speaking the truth and because of their belief that they are the natural governing party of Alberta will also assume that Albertans will ignore their record/promises and will once again be sheep returning the PC's to power they feel that they are somehow entitled to hold.
Well sorry PCAA but it is not going to be that easy this time around. People are starting to pay attention and they don't like what they have been seeing. It is going to take more than some vague vacuous promises in a throne speech to get them to again vote PC in the hope that this time a PC government will somehow be different.
We in Alberta do not change governments often, but when we do, we do so in spectacular fashion. Lets hope that in election 2012 that we can do so again and reclaim our government back from a PC party that can't manage to balance a budget with $100 oil and takes its citizens for granted by ignoring them and treating them as idiots with their political games and ridiculous spin. This is no longer the party of Lougheed or even Klein and for the first time that I can remember people are openly speaking of change and after 40 yrs of one party rule the time for change may have again arrived.
So to my readers who come here looking for something related to federal politics I would like to apologize in advance for the lack of posts on the federal scene as something happened in Alberta on the way to getting that Conservative majority in Ottawa and I have to turn my attention to Alberta for the next few months and try to change what I and many others here have ignored for far too long. Our own government.
Comments are always welcome but as I have been attracting plenty of attention lately from PC staffers and party hacks (they don't like it when their fiefdom gets challenged and their BS gets called out) comment moderation will be turned on. Sad really because even during the last 3 federal elections the left wing trolls didn't post half as many vulgar comments as these so called conservatives have.