Wow, it seems that some of the local blogs have slowed down since the end of the Calgary Glenmore by-election! This seems odd, considering some of the crazy developments of late. I thought I would run a quick rant on the random thoughts that have been running through my busy mind over the last few days:
- Up to 10 PC MLA's are rumoured to switch over to the Wildrose Alliance Party, following a Danielle Smith leadership victory.
Hmmm.... I don't know what to make of this one. I know that the source of this piece is a respected writer so I do not doubt the integrity of the author. ( Its not like it came from Calgaryrants.com!) I wonder if there is any truth to this and if so...who will they be? I find the timing of the recent appointments of local Conservatives Rob Anderson, Len Weber and Jon Denis interesting, but well deserved. Perhaps these appointments can be seen as peace offering to the Calgary caucus?
So then...who will the 10 be? I would like to know. In my opinion, it will definitely not be any cabinet ministers as they will not want to give up their additional pay and benefits to sit with another party. Perhaps some local backbenchers or new MLA's? Perhaps some young/urban MLA's that see that they might not fit in with the current leader? Perhaps only a handful, say 2-3, will actually leave? I cannot see this happening anytime soon, but what do you think?
- If Danielle Smith wins the Wildrose Alliance Leadership...what's next?
- If the Wildrose Alliance can be rejuvenated by a new leader, maybe the PC's can as well?
The party in power has the upper hand and can plan ahead for these scenarios. Its called Risk Management and it works.