I was first formally introduced to Alison Redford by my good friend, Mike Gladstone. Mike has known her for many years and when Gladstone says somebody is a solid person I get excited about the opportunity to get to know them.
In addition to getting to know each other personally since that first introduction, Alison and I have had the opportunity to get to know each other professionally through her work as Minister of Justice and mine with Merit Contractors Association.
Through these experiences with Alison, I’ve gotten to know an exceptionally bright, articulate and intellectually honest professional.
When it comes to understanding issues Alison truly is the cream of the crop in the current Alberta PC Caucus. As Minister of Justice, I’ve had in depth conversations about the highly complicated issues related to construction labour relations. While Alison didn’t always agree with my position, she understood with the complexity with ease and knew how to challenge me with questions – she has left me stumped more times than I care to admit!
Alison’s ability to get to the root of the issue quickly and know how to dig deeper to expose all aspects is an important consideration when choosing the next #pcldr. Our next leader will have an overwhelming number of critically important decisions to make in the first days, weeks and months after becoming Premier of Alberta. We need to pick a leader who is ready to lead on day one – we cannot afford to make mistakes.
Alison is a tough leader – one that expects results and doesn’t accept second tier work. While this makes some people uncomfortable, I think it’s one of her greatest attributes as a leader. Great leaders expect greatness – we don’t move the yardsticks forward as a society by sitting on our laurels and Alison has clear and ambitious ideas about where Alberta needs to go. She also knows how to get us there – she proved this through the work she did on the Safe Communities Initiative as Minister of Justice and as the MLA for Calgary – Elbow.
Inside her tough exterior, however, Alison is a caring and compassionate person. She is loving wife, caring mother and compassionate daughter. @crontynen and I recently spent time with her in Newfoundland where she took time away from the PC Leadership campaign to officiate the wedding of Mike Gladstone and Michelle Chidley.
I spend time talking to her husband, Glen, who seems more nervous about the race than Alison. Glen spoke humbly about his role as mentor and supporter for Alison. We talked about their daughter Sarah and how she was enjoying the adventure of an exceptionally busy summer. While Alison went to Newfoundland to marry Mike and Michelle, she also went to recharge personally and to spend quality time away from the campaign with her husband and daughter. She did so with impressive grace – in this sense, Alison reminds me of my late mother, who was exceptional at everything she did.
During her time in Newfoundland she not only accomplished her goals of connecting with her family and rejuvenating for the last month of #pcldr, but she spent time on the phone doing media interviews, putting out news releases and refuting an absurd claim from a #pcldr opponent. Although she was resting in another province she always had Alberta top of mind. I was impressed with her deliberate and thoughtful leadership, even when she was on the other side of the country. Her level of maturity and dedication as leader during this trip confirmed to me that she is the #pcldr candidate that I want to stand behind.
So here I am today – proudly supporting Alison Redford and working on her leadership campaign team!
Deliberate leadership is what our government needs. It is what our party needs. It is what Alberta needs. In a time of transition in Alberta we need someone not only strong and willing to make tough decisions but one who is compassionate and caring and knows how decisions will affect the average Albertan. As a new, fresh face leading the PC caucus Alison Redford will put Albertans first – that’s her nature. She is the best of both worlds and what I believe we need in Alberta today … and to move us forward to tomorrow.
$5 + 20 minutes = positive change for Alberta. Vote for Alison Redford on September 17th and be part of that change.