This process shouldn't be about simply winning the next election and removing Rachel Notley from power. Uniting the two parties needs to be about building a new party that is principled, accountable to grassroots members and the people of Alberta, and focused on improving the lives of everyday Albertans.
Notley's been the target of violent threats since becoming premier.
Controversies have had some questioning Jean's leadership.
Conservative leaders across the country are just now poking their heads out of their foxholes and acknowledging that yes, carbon taxes are not the job-killing boogeyman the Harper government tried (and tried and tried) to frame them as. These same conservative leaders are now going on the record on carbon taxes and blazing a trail that Wildrose leader Brian Jean is studiously ignoring.
As a backbencher in Ottawa, no one paid much attention to Brian Jean. But now that's he's the leader of the Official Opposition here in Alberta, what has he actually said -- on the record -- about the environment, climate change, wind energy and carbon pricing? Let's look and see.
I respect the social conservative viewpoint but believe an insistence on it alienates a new generation of conservatives and winning potential. The conservative movement cannot afford to sacrifice the added value of this generation in lieu of social conservative ideological purity. To do so confines the movement to its base, and opposition.
"This is a project that will benefit all of Canada."
An assassination threat is a serious call to action and the owner must be held accountable. For days, hateful and vulgar comments about assassinating Rachel Notley were on Wildrose leader Brian Jean's Facebook page. This goes beyond letting off steam over Bill 6.
Bill 6 gives workers access to workers compensation benefits if injured on the job. Other Alberta occupations involving heavy physical labour require WCB -- from construction to the oil companies. The right to refuse unsafe work is a common sense approach to a situation where a person might be maimed for life or worse, dead.