Alberta Alliance Party Making Trouble
Amongst the party's more outlandish ideas has been to recruit help from south of the border. Thorsteinson has hired well known Republicans Mark Montini and former National Republican Committee deputy press secretary Genevieve Wood.
Thankfully, Global TV -- in one of the few decisions they have ever made to benefit the left -- has banned the party from the upcoming debates. The network has decided that only parties which won a seat in the 2001 election are entitled to participate in the debate. Although the AAP does have one MPP, he is a defector from the Conservatives and was not elected while a member of the party.
The Alberta Alliance Party holds close ties with the Repubican Party, appears to be to the right of the Conservatives (!) and may be gaining rapidly in popularity. Running on their "Blame Ralph" campaign, some individuals believe they may win as much as 5% of the Provincial vote. Considering the NDP won only 8% of the vote in 2001, that prospect is terrifying. Already the 'Texas of Canada', Alberta appears to be moving even further to the right and even closer to our Southern neighbours.