Sunday, November 07, 2004

Alberta Alliance Party Making Trouble

The Alberta Alliance Party has found a way into the news the weekend after being quiet during the first two weeks of the campaign. Party leader Randy Thorsteinson claims to have a $1 Million war chest and seems intent to create a foothold for his organization in the Conservative dominated province.

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.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Alliance Party is a stupid joke. They won't win a single seat.

12:02 AM  
Blogger Caurus said...

Probably not, but the fact tht they will get a single vote is terrifying. If they're really to the right of Klein what does that mean for Alberta? What are they coming to?

7:15 PM  
Blogger Hobbesian said...

Basically my understanding is that the party is an anti-Klein party that is right wing. Nbody in their right mind here would vote for the NDP or Liberals.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Marina974 said...

Why not? I vote for the NDP does that make me 'not in my right mind'?

11:08 PM  

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