Friday 19 February 2010

Interesting way to operate a political Party.

Finally something (albeit bizarre) to blog on and sadly I have very limited time. If you are not familiar with the groups I discuss below, it this might seem a bit disjointed. My apologies.

I attended the Alberta Party AGM in October as an observer and they made some changes to their constitution; but I don't remember one that gave the Executive board full control over determining policy. Yet that seems to be exactly what has happened. According to this quote over at;
So where are our policies? As of today we have none.Unanimously our Board has decided to suspend our old policies and has committed to building new ones through face-to-face conversations, around the province, starting March 1st.

I have had a chance to speak to two members; neither of them were aware of any discussions with the Reboot or Renew groups and certainly didn't have any idea that their policies were being wiped out altogether.

Their new website claims "listening to Albertans." Seems to me their off to a pretty rocky start; they haven't even listened to the members who were there in the first place.

How can future members have any confidence in a board that feels it has the power to change policy without consultation with the members?

All I have read about the two progressive (read: frustrated liberals) groups indicates that they support democracy. A very honorable stance; yet they have choosen to totally disrespect it when it came to the Alberta Party. How can they say they have "united", when it clearly is more of a hostile takeover.

There are other interesting things about the way the Alberta Party operates, but that will have to wait for another day. I will leave you with this challenge. What is odd about this picture?

See you in a few days. Have a great weekend everyone.


  1. Bang on, Jane. What a foolish move on everyone's part.

  2. Thanks for the post Jane,
    It has been a looooong time coming. Hope to read more from you soon!

  3. Ooooo Get ready for the spanking coming your way. You went a little wild with accusations you obviously haven't researched.

    Danielle is going to slap your fingers when the backlash hits.

  4. I think that starting with a clean slate is about as democratic as anyone would get. I finally feel energized about Alberta politics, again.