Sunday, January 30, 2011

Collection of Alberta Party Tweets

The Alberta Party is really racking up some Twitter gems. I figured would be best to save them before they get lost in the twittersphere.

From Tammy Maloney Alberta Party Calgary-North Hill CA President.


As her Twitter profile states... "Alberta Party's values are a reflection of my own"

A supporter from Edmonton.



I guess leaders are open game for personal attacks. Heck, no need to argue policy that way. After I challenged him on this comment, he removed it.


The Alberta Party says they "don't like labels". They are neither left nor right. Despite that, they label everyone else and are quick to point out why you won't "fit in with them". Ken Chapman, who used to be a policy analyst with the PC's and is now the is the Alberta Party's biggest cheerleader of slapping labels on everyone else.


When it comes to the Wildrose Alliance, Ken also likes to play the "hidden agenda" card. Too many examples of that for me to narrow it to just one... Again, they claim to be "doing politics differently"; but this is the oldest tack employed by the left side of the spectrum.


The Alberta Party also claims to be "forward" thinking. Yet, they are quick to point out other people's pasts. I'm at a loss to explain why they do this, we all come from somewhere.  This from Jeremy Barretto, he is on the Calgary Buffalo CA and Alberta Party’s Environmental Policy Committee.


He is referring to my husband in that post. Ironically, Cory spent more time as a Director on the board of the Alberta Party than he did leading the AIP.

This young man came to Twitter with such an innocent question.

...and the response he got from Elaine Christel Hyshka, Alberta Party, VP Communications Policy.


For those of you who don't know, my handle on Twitter is @Jaanikka. Plus it was re-tweeted by several other Alberta Party members, supporters, etc over the following days.

It's not often I let crap get to me, but I did. And that just resulted in them figuratively talking behind my back. As see in this comment from Marc Doll of the Alberta Party Calgary Currie CA:


... Mentioning by my first name, but not with @ my twitter name.

Since then Chris LaBossiere (Alberta Party President) has apologized for Christel's lowbrow remark, though at the time I thought the comment was from a member, not their VP of Communications Policy!!

Needless to say I had a good laugh when she tweeted this tonight.....


The old quote "if you’re going to talk the talk, you’ve got to walk the walk" comes to mind on so many things the Alberta professes.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

PC Fiscal Conservatives "tagged"

The following was at the very end of Jason Fekete's piece today. And with the flurry of stories coming out, it likely has been overlooked by most.

Rural Tory MLA George Rogers said he supports the premier's approach of trying to be fiscally prudent without chopping key programs like health care and education.

There are MLAs in caucus "more to the fiscal right" who believe in balancing the budget at all costs, he said.

"I don't think that's the right thing for Albertans," Rogers said. "They've made their positions clear and we know who they are."

The emphasis is mine. This type of statement is indicative of the mindset within the PC's. If you aren't with us; you are against us. Just ask Rob Anderson, Guy Boutilier or Raj Sherman.

The statement makes it sound like they (fiscal conservatives) have been tagged for extermination.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ed Stelmach's Resignation Speech - Translation

Sometimes you hear a speech and you laugh, because you know what they really meant. Here is my translation of Ed Stelmach's non-resignation speech.


And before all the PC'ers start jumping down my throat.... it's satire; not US style politicking. 


 Ed's original words are preceded by the bullet points. 
Translation is in bold.


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• Since the New Year I have been spending the last few weeks asking my Caucus to indicate to me their intentions for the next provincial election.


Over the last few weeks my Caucus has been telling me they have no intention to run if I’m the leader.


• I am impressed by the passion of my caucus colleagues and their desire to serve Albertans.


I am impressed with how adamant they are to see me gone.


• They firmly believe in the mandate that Albertans gave us in the last election- the largest majority for a new Premier in Alberta's history.


They firmly believe that the mandate that Albertans gave us was an opportunity to show Albertans we could take care of the province, yet we failed.


• Our members are also equally committed to continuing in their role as members of the PC Caucus and fight in the next election.


Our members are also equally committed to continuing in their role as members of any party (other than the PC) and fight against us in the next election.


• I have been asking these good men and women to make a minimum commitment of five years. It is a commitment to serve Albertans and those in public office know that this service comes with a personal sacrifice.


I have been asking these good men and women to make a minimum commitment of five years. It is a commitment to serve as PC MLA and it is an unrealistic expectation.


• As I have been having these discussions I have also been reflecting on my own commitment to serve beyond the next election.


As I have been having these discussions everyone is telling me, it is I who should be reflecting on my own commitment to serve beyond the next election.


• Upon much reflection and consultation with family and close friends, I have determined that after 25 years of public service I am not be prepared to serve another full term as Premier.


After many arguments with Ted Morton and bitter consultation with caucus, they have convinced me that I am not competent enough to serve another full term as Premier.


• Therefore I have decided to announce today I will not be running as a candidate in the next general election.


Therefore with Ted’s ultimatum I have decided I will not be running as a candidate in the next general election.

 • There is no doubt that my decision today will come as a shock to many and a disappointment to my friends and Albertans.


There is no doubt that my decision today will come as a shock since I didn’t even run it past my communications manager. It may be a disappointment to my three friends, but Marie is very happy.


• I am grateful to all those who supported me – who gave me the opportunity to raise integrity and honesty into government for the benefit of all Albertans.


I am grateful to all those who supported me as their second choice – who gave me the opportunity to raise royalties and bring dictatorship into government for the benefit of all PC members.


• At a further date, I will provide written notice to the President of the PC Party, my intention to resign as leader.


At a further date, I will provide written notice to the President of the PC Party, because I want to hang onto my title as long as possible.


• In due course, a full, fair and transparent leadership race will be held to select my successor.


In due course, a full, fair and transparent leadership race will be held to select my successor; I can say this as I have absolutely no control over it and it would indeed be a first for the PC Party.


• Until I provide the formal notice of intent to resign, I will continue to govern to fulfill commitments I made in the last general election.


Until I provide the formal notice of intent to resign, I will continue to govern and fall short on all the commitments I made in the last general election.


• And to advance the interests of Alberta to the best of my ability and will put my full effort into this work – as I always have.


And to advance the interests of PC members to the best of my ability and will put my full effort into this work – as I always have.


• And to this end, we will present a budget that shows the way to being balanced on a fully consolidated basis in 2013 – a year later than we had hoped.


And to this end, we will present a budget that Ted Morton refuses to put his signature on because we will not be balanced until 2013 – a year later than we had promised.


• It will be a budget that will be received by most as tough yet responsible.


It will be a budget that will be received by every progressive as tough yet responsible.


• But it will not be a budget that guts funding to municipalities, mothballs health projects underway or halts school, and road construction at a time when people need work and the prices for construction are good.


But it will not be a budget that can pass the rigorous demands of fiscal conservatives and Morton in particular.


• The budget my government brings in will use the cash we saved during the boom to help us through the bust and position us to leap ahead of the nation and the continent.


The budget my government brings in will suck the rest of the cash out of the Sustainability Fund.


• My successor will be under no obligation to go to the polls in March of 2012.


My successor will be under no obligation to go to the polls in March of 2012; he or she will have the same lack of respect for democracy and fixed election dates.


• That was my timetable and mine alone.


That was my timetable and mine alone. Even though my advisors have been saying we have to go early to catch the other guys off guard.


• My successor has the parliamentary authority to call an election anytime up to the constitutional deadline of March of 2013.


My successor will enjoy the same dictatorial powers that I hold dear; to call an election anytime.


• No one needs to be stampeded into a decision. Let’s all take the time to get this right.


No one needs to be stampeded into a decision. Let’s all take some time, so I can enjoy more days as a lame duck premier.


• I have always put my family, my constituents, my province and my party ahead of myself.
• So I say to you this as directly as I can.


I have held my tongue since the Calgary-Glenmore by-election. So I say to you this as directly as I can.

• There is a profound danger that the next election campaign will focus on personality and US style negative, attack politics that is directed at me personally.


There is a profound danger that the next election campaign will be just like Glenmore; that all of our shortcomings will be under a microscope.


• The danger is that it could allow for an extreme right party to disguise itself as a moderate party by focusing on personality – on me personally.


The danger is that it could allow for Wildrose Alliance; a moderate, fiscally conservative party to make serious gains at our expense.


• This type of US style wedge politics is coming into Canada, and it comes at our peril.


This type of real life campaigning in politics in Canada scares the heck out of me.


• Albertans deserve to have better level of public debate on our policy options.


Albertans deserve to have better level of public debate on our policy options. And I there is no way I can debate Danielle in a public forum.


• Alberta must move forward to address the challenges of the future. 


Alberta must move forward to address the challenges of the future. Albertans realize Danielle is the one best suited to this.


• Alberta must be a participant in the global community.


Alberta must be a participant in the global community and the fact that it is bigger than Lamont scares the pants off me.


• Alberta must lead the way in responsible resource development.


Alberta must lead the way in responsible resource development and after 25 years I still don’t know what that means.


• Alberta must not look backward when all the world is looking for modern leadership.


Alberta must not look at me; for modern leadership when Danielle Smith is available.


• As a grandson of immigrants who came to this country to harness a better future for their children out of a piece of prairie they could claim as their own, I believe in the good and truth of private enterprise and democracy.


As a grandson of immigrants who came to this country to harness a better future for their children out of a piece of prairie they could claim as their own, I believe the government should have the right to extinguish those land rights at any given time.


• I believe deeply in democratic institutions and the parliamentary system of government that has served Canada so well.


I believe deeply in democratic institutions and the parliamentary system of government so long as it serves the PC Party.


• And I believe that the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta is the best institution we have to unite Albertans around a positive, progressive future.


And I believe that the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta was the best institution we had to unite Albertans around a positive, progressive future.


• The PC Party has been a fundamental success story in Alberta politics because it is firmly rooted in our culture – a culture that is conservative, yet looks always to achieving a bold future.


The PC Party has been a success story in Alberta politics but we must now take our place in the history books and look forward to the future with the Wildrose Alliance.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Alberta Party Policy Discussion

Came across this video on the Alberta Party. It is so hilarious, mostly because it exaggerates exactly what their supporters Tweet about.

Warning: There is one incident of "colorful" word choice.