Alberta's Wildrose Alliance Party today called on Premier Ed Stelmach to show leadership and defend the interests of Albertans in a strong and united Canada in the face of the federal opposition coalition.
In today's release, Leader Paul Hinman stated his party's position - one that takes a firm stand against the possible NDP-led raid on the provincial economy.
"Premier Stelmach needs to serve notice that the formation of any governing coalition that requires support from the Bloc Quebecois, whose sole purpose is the break-up of Canada, will result in a complete withdrawal of Alberta from the Federal Transfer Payment Program," Hinman says. "Alberta cannot stand by and support with its tax dollars, opposition and separatist parties which conspire and coalesce for power and money."
Hinman says that as long as Quebec separatists are calling the shots in Ottawa, Stelmach should do three things immediately:
1. Serve notice of Alberta's intent to withdraw from the current Federal Transfer Program. (brilliant!)
2. Initiate measures for Alberta to begin collecting its own taxes; (....again!)
3. Initiate discussions on a Regional Equalization Program involving the four Western Provinces. (three for three!)
Hinman has tapped into a surging aura of resentment by Albertans towards the shenanigans happening in Ottawa and has begun to carve out a public image as a defender of Alberta against the impending socialist onslaught. The ball has effectively been placed in Stelmach's court.
This, combined with the positive news that the astute Cory Morgan has assumed the position of VP of Policy for the party, could mean a coming of age for the Wildrose Alliance - and could make them the go-to party for fed-up Albertans.
More on Hinman's statement here: http://janemorgan.blogspot.com/2008/12/hot-off-press.html
More on Cory Morgan's appointment here: http://janemorgan.blogspot.com/2008/12/congratulations.html
(Deep bow to Jane Morgan!)