Today's announcement that Hal Walker has joined the Wildrose Alliance Party as their interim party president is no big shocker and it is no big "coup" either. While Mr. Walker has a long association with the PC Party, including Past President of the Calgary Elbow PC Association, but appears to have given up on the party a long time ago.
Many people will recall Mr. Walker's famous email, ( I am sure the people who had their email address listed for all to see where not so impressed) that pretty much sealed his intentions as a future PC party member. Daveberta had a great post on this link.... and it definitely worth the read. In the email, Mr. Walker shares his love for our premier and more love for the royalty review.
I love how every few weeks, the Wildrose machine feels that they need to share the fact that they have attracted a FORMER PC SUPPORTER/BOARD MEMBER/PARTY INSIDER/SECOND COUSIN ( twice removed) / FORMER PAPERBOY TO AN EX-MLA's Executive Assistant. ETC... to their party! Why do they feel the need to legitimize their membership in this manner? Are they a real party or just a protest tent for old PC party supporters? I have yet to see anything of substance come from this fledgling group, except the fact that the party seems to attract a roster of PC cast-offs full of yesterday's ideas? Even better, it always seems that once someone feels slighted, or that they are no longer part of the mysterious "inner circle", that they only place for them to go is into the loving arms of the WAP.
I have made it no secret that I am a PC supporter and at the same time, I often share my frustration with my party and the leader. But I truly believe that the only way to change the Alberta PC party is from within. The old guard will tell me that the damage is done and that the party is beyond repair, but I don't believe that to be true. I know that there is a bastion of supporters from my generation ( I am 33 this weekend) that believe we can change the system without jumping ship to the Grumpy Ol Boys and Girls Club ( Aka The Wildrose Alliance) I for one have made it my personal commitment to give it all I have to try and make my party better and if we fail as a group, at least we tried.