Alberta's Progressive Conservatives have won yet another resounding majority, brushing aside the upstart Wildrose Party with a near-sweep of the province's major cities.As a Lotuslander, I have no real reason to cheer for Alison Redford and her Alberta PCs. She was the lesser of two evils and, as Rick Mercer once made clear, that's the choice voters have to make.
The victory means Alberta voters -- one-fifth of whom were undecided in the final days -- opted for Alison Redford's progressive, big-government vision for the province at a time when it's an economic leader of Canada.
If there is a reason to cheer it is that Wild Rose Alliance campaign director, Tom Flanagan, just got his firewall politics stuffed up his ass.
I'm probably wrong here, but something drifted through my mind earlier in the day. With a civil service, public employees and a contract public service the size of Alberta's the value of that vote could not be dismissed. And those people, those who depend on the Alberta government remaining stable were looking at two things:
- Danielle Smith promised to attack them and the security of their livelihoods; and,
- Stephen Harper, a reformer armed with a majority government, demonstrated a ruthless disregard for the people who staff the civil service. In fact, he has exhibited a pathological hatred for the civil service.
If there was ever a reliable litmus test for Danielle Smith, it is Stephen Harper.
Added: Dana's comment is germane. Overnight the professional media will be tripping over their own genitals trying to decide how they got it so wrong and blaming Alberta's voters for making them look like idiots.
Bonus! Link Byfield loses. Ezra Levant is now rooting through the fruit bowl for his next new hat.