Dave Breakenridge - April 9th, 2013
Much has been made over the last couple of days over the Wildrose announcing it would be reviewing some policy stances in an attempt to appeal to more Albertans.
Commenters under our stories accuse them of being nothing more than Tories with another name, and the deputy premier ridiculed them as selling out their own values.
I get that a complete reversal, or removal of core values, would be seen as a betrayal of all the supporters who have been with a party since the beginning, but as I say in my column this week, there’s room for improvement. And if you think a losing party would keep going to voters with the exact same playbook election after election, you’re fooling yourself.
If the goal of your party is to win an election, you want a winning platform. But it has to be one that sticks with your core values. A complete killing of the Alberta Human Rights Commission may not have worked for the public, but let’s look at other reform. Or let’s do a better job of explaining the benefit of the original policy.
I have no issue with policy review. It’s natural to review policy.
What I take issue with is a party that says one thing during a campaign then does the opposite once elected. That’s unforgivable.
Dave Breakenridge - March 28th, 2012
It’s been official now for a couple of days, and unofficial for weeks.
Albertans are going to the polls April 23
And for all the talk of how different this race is, from the leaders to the parties to the political climate, at the end of the day, it’s about the dough.
And I’m not talking about all the talk of cutting budgets and balancing budgets, I’m talking about the Tories facing a well-financed an organized opponent.
I’m not saying the Wildrose will win because they have a lot of spending money, but much has been made of the party’s ability to fundraise more than their other opposition opponents.
And if the ad the party released in advance of the election call is any indication, the Wildrose is definitely something the Tories haven’t seen in a long, long time: A well-funded opponent.
Slick campaign financed with lots of cash may not win elections on their own, but they get attention. And getting voters to pay attention is more than half the battle.
I’ll leave forecasting to pollsters, but as Rick Bell says here: “Politics has come to Alberta.”
Dave Breakenridge - October 7th, 2011
There’s no rest for an opposition party trying to be, at the very least, the top opposition party and, at best, the governing party come the next election.
The selection of Alison Redford as Tory leader hasn’t seemed to slow Danielle Smith or the Wildrose Party either.
They have wasted no time in rolling out some pretty effective attack, or “contrast” ads, focusing on the flip-flop on fixed election dates and holding a fall legislative session, and her track record of supporting Ed Stelmach’s policies then campaigning against them.
And while some political writers are trying to focusing on the attack ads, and the Wildrose’s list of the top 40 mistakes the Tories have made in their tenure, as proof the Wildrose aren’t giving voters an alternative, they’re forgetting the comprehensive policy document released this week by the party.
Obviously, a party’s policies aren’t going to appeal to everyone, but there’s no denying Smith and her party have put a lot of work into making a case that they are ready to govern, and at the very least, offering alternatives that are hold the Tories’ feet to the fire. Even all the talk of change coming from the Tories is due in large part to the Wildrose.
A slick ad campaign is just one piece to the puzzle, and the Wildrose’s critics forget that at their own peril.