Old School Politics

I was at the Throne Speech yesterday and now feel the need to write a blog about something that really bothers me – the way some people act around a leadership contest – old school politics.

It is no secret that I am a Doug Griffiths supporter.

So, let me start by expressing my deep appreciation for people in the Alison Redford camp and for Alison – from what I saw yesterday, they get it.  We were all friends who respected each other immensely before and the fact that we are supporting different candidates during the leadership race doesn’t change a thing.

I had a great chat with Ted Morton and a few of his supporters yesterday.  We discussed the importance of uniting the PC Party and strengthening the brand – Ted gets it too.

I am disappointed by how some other people acted towards me yesterday – people who I have even vacationed with could barely say hello.  Those who did were all about key messages and no real social interaction.  That mentality will divide the Party.  I was told several times that I need to support particular candidates because they are the only person who can win this race and that is why we need to get behind them.

I’m sorry folks, but that is the old school politics that people are tired of!  I WILL NOT support someone because people tell me they are the only person who can win – I WILL support Doug Griffiths because, to me, he represents the future of Alberta and the kind of province I want to help build.

What bothered me even more were the rumors some people tried to float by me – things that have no factual base – downright lies.  These people should focus on the policies that will shape the future of our great province instead of acting like immature children – It’s so tiring.

During the Dinning run, these same tactics were used to pressure people into supporting Jim – and he lost.  Jim Dinning is an amazing man who would have made a great Premier – unfortunately for him, some of the people who made up his team completely turned people off with their old school political tactics.  I saw yesterday that similar tactics are already being used by some folks this time around and it’s tiring.  Frankly, it didn’t work last time and I’m confident it will fail again. These old school politics do not interest me, and do not interest the majority of Albertans.

If you are a PC who is being pressured into supporting a candidate because people tell you they are the only person who can win, please take a step back. That is not what the PC Party is about. Think about the future of Alberta and our future as a party.  Support the person who you think will be the best leader, the best person who can stand up against the opposition, or the person who presents the best vision for Alberta in your mind.  This was pointed out to me yesterday by a few people who get it.

Make a positive choice – don’t worry about the pressure, the baseless rumors or the threats – they are empty and meaningless and represent the politics of yesterday – a blast from the past.

Everyone has their reasons for supporting various leadership contenders. An important discussion we’ve had time and time again during our meetings for the Doug Griffiths campaign is that we will never question reasoning for choosing a candidate or disrespect another candidate. We are all on the same team and are all fighting towards the same goal – building a better Alberta together and strengthening the PC Party brand.

Let’s not forget that!

One thing that was clear yesterday at the Throne Speech was that it is an exciting time in Alberta! See you on the campaign trail.