(h/t 'lampshade' user from Free Dominion.) Right on! Danielle Smith is another Belinda Stronach, another Christine Elliot, another poor-choice Libertarian, indifferent to traditional family values, who thinks that a mere belief in low taxes, small government and balanced budgets somehow puts her to the right of the Alberta Tories. Sure, now she says that she is in favor of defunding abortions on demand. But once she's elected - how eager will she be to defund what she believes is a "choice", especially if that may result in alienating the very electorate she is expected to attract?
So, unlike so many of my Conservative friends, I'm not excited about the rumors that as many as ten Alberta Tory MLAs could cross the floor to Wildrose Alliance if Danielle Smith wins. If anything - to me it looks more like a campaign trick - to sway the undecided party members, to convince them that a "broad base appeal" is more important than values. And, just days before the registration deadline, the "broad base" side gets a solid proof that their approach works - just elect a Libertarian woman as a leader - and the Wildrose Alliance will become the official opposition.
But let's not forget - those are just rumors. Plus - you never know who those 10 MLAs are. Maybe those are actually the people that most of the Wildrose Alliance members wouldn't want to represent them... So I hope the party members don't take the bait and I wish the best luck to Mark Dyrholm.